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Hanabi has been in a crazy pasta and dumplings mood lately. After thinking about how awesome Julia Child’s kitchen exhibit at the Smithsonian is, I decided to make an old favorite recipe of hers called Orecchiette con con Broccoli di Rape, or basically little ear pasta with broccoli rabe. It’s a simple dish, but it’s an amazing one-pot style dish that’s perfect for some Euro-style mid-week eating. Hanabi also said “I’m severely lacking in dumplings this week” and headed out to a favorite hole in the wall Chinese dumpling spot called Kingdom of Dumplings where their xiaolongbao rules over all other dumpling kingdoms. Not to be outdone Hanabi made some dim sum called beef cakes and karaage which is a great combo if I do say so myself. Don’t sleep on Destihl Brewery and their Rye Wine Ale either. Insane Dane is all about that pear nectar margarita because he’s not letting go of summer at Dish + Drink.
The autumn season may have just begun, but pear is already trending. So, instead of switching to heavier cocktails while Indian summer is sticking around, I’m offering up a recipe for a pear nectar margarita. It’s sweet, it’s refreshing, and it’s the perfect transition cocktail from Indian summer to full-blown fall.