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Fuzzy new beginnings.

Looking out my kitchen window, there is a tree that I never really notice until autumn settles in. This time of year, the tree is brilliant, it's branches dangling with heavy, yellow fruit. Upon closer inspection, the vibrant yellow fruit is a far cry from it's fuzzy little green beginnings. One would think this is a pear tree but it is actually a quince tree. What does one do with a quince???

I pick a few and toss them into a bowl with plans of cooking them .... somehow as it is impossible to eat these raw. In the meantime, when I walk into the kitchen, they greet me with a fragrance of bittersweetness ...... a kind of honey and lemon combination.

I decide to cook the quince ... slowly ... in a pan with butter and sugar. When topped off with the buttered quince, rice pudding is the perfect match. Rum & raisins are my favorite, but this certainly is good. I'm not much of a cook but I do enjoy baking .... ONCE IN AWHILE. The fact that I have never eaten a quince before, sparked some renewed interest in the kitchen.

Rice Pudding recipe: Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa. Buttered Quince: Tracey Ayton

Quince Fine Florals

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful long weekend and a fabulous Canada Day! Happy 4th of July to all of you across the border. I finally had a couple of days off and was able to go visit one of my favorite little places to browse: Quince Fine Florals. Jessica Clark is the creative talent behind the bustling store and is kept busy catering to parties, weddings, and all kinds of events..... Especially the regulars that stroll into the store just to boo around and perhaps pick up a bouquet to perk up their day.

Quince is a store that not only carries every flower you can imagine but is also stocked with beautiful linens, dishes, teas, candles and wonderful little "good things" for the home. It was such a pleasure spending some time at Quince and if you are ever in the Dunbar area, I recommend that you go take a boo too. At the end of my visit, I went home with a beautiful bouquet of peonies (my favorite flower) Thanks Jessica !!!

What is your favorite flower?

I do hope you enjoy the photos as much as I had taking them. Have a wonderful week!!