It is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, and I’m certainly in a party mood this year! I’ll be running some oldies but goodies while I take a break to relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday season, then see you back here January 6th, 2015!

Julie Anne, Patty, Mom & Dad

Julie Anne, Patty, Mom & Dad

In fact, I’m in such a party mood that I’m going to let you in on my personal chef approach to a yummy New Years brunch recipe you can make before the celebrating begins. All you have to do is heat to eat New Years Day – no fuss, no muss, so you can enjoy a late night out ringing in 2015, and still be a star on the day.
Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Wishing each and every one of you a healthy, prosperous, and deliriously HAPPY NEW YEAR! One in which you dare to dream big, take those calculated risks, and exceed even your own expectations.
Caramelized Pear, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Quiche
Caramelized Pear, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Quiche

We had this exquisite quiche recipe for lunch on Christmas Day, but it is the perfect make ahead dish for New Years brunch (travels well too). Just remove from the refrigerator 30-45 minutes before serving to serve it at room temperature, or heat for 10-15 minutes in a 350 degree F. preheated oven if you prefer it hot.
Servings: 6
Ingredients:

1 9″ refrigerated pie crust
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1/4 red onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 Bosc pears (ripe but not mushy), peeled, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon chives (or any herb of your choice), chopped
5 ounces of Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Directions:

1). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll the pie dough, and press gently into a pie dish. Using a fork, pierce at regular intervals around the sides and bottom of the dough. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until beginning to go golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
2). Cook bacon and onion in a large saute pan over medium heat until bacon is crispy brown and onions have softened.
3). Add the butter to melt. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, and cook stirring frequently, until gooey.
4). Add the pears, stir well to coat, and cook until just softened, about 5 minutes.
5). Meanwhile, beat eggs, cream, milk, and chives; set aside.
6). Spread 1/2 of the bacon and pear mixture evenly over the cooled pie crust. Sprinkle evenly with 3/4 of the Gorgonzola, then the rest of the bacon and pear mixture. Pour in the egg mixture until it comes to 1/4 inch from the top of the pie crust, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
7). Place the pie dish on a sheet pan, and bake in the middle of the oven until beginning to go golden and set around the edges, but center should still be slightly jiggly. Remove from oven and cool the pie pan on a wire rack. Once the quiche has cooled, cover with cling film, and refrigerate.

Serving Suggestions: I like to keep this light and simple with a fresh tossed green salad, with maybe a few candied pecans to compliment the pears, and contrast the sharp flavor of the cheese.
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  • December 31, 2010
    11:49 am

    Thank you Julie Anne for solving my dilem…I woke out of a sound sleep as it occured to me that I have to feed my overnight guests the next day too (too much goin' on)…this is a good plan! Happy New Years!Cupcakexo

  • December 31, 2010
    7:58 pm

    very pretty ladies~ xoxoxoAnitra DeLorenzo

  • December 31, 2010
    7:58 pm

    Cute pic.Budgie Bradberry

  • December 31, 2010
    8:26 pm

    Happy New Year! It's been great fun reading your blog this year (well except for when you had sad/bad stuff but you get the picture) I am excited to see new recipes from you this coming year! Hope you have a lovely New Year :)

  • December 31, 2010
    9:51 pm

    Stylish Blogger Award! You go girl!! Hope the new year brings you all good things this time. You deserve a medal for all you put up with in 2010. So, 2011 has got to be wonderful. I predict a television show, a book coming out & some pretty nice other things for the "Jewel" of the blog posts. Have fun tonite!

  • December 31, 2010
    11:22 pm

    Thank you for the nomination Cupcake, and I let me know what you think of the recipe (I've only tested it once, so feedback is welcome). Ruthee – from your mouth to God's ears! Here's to a fabulous 2011 for you too – I'm expecting to see an art show this year!

  • January 1, 2011
    12:57 am

    Happy New Year Julie!!! All the best in 2011!!Romante Sirvydaite

  • January 1, 2011
    12:57 am

    Caramelized Pear, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Quiche…i got to try it!Agnes Varga

  • January 1, 2011
    10:17 pm

    Hi Julie Anne,Great recipe cannot wait to give this one a go.HAPPY NEW YEAR!May 2011 be full of so much fun,love,laughter and happiness! Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories and recipes. Looking forward to what the next year brings.Aussie Mum

  • January 1, 2011
    10:58 pm

    So beautiful! Have a wonderful year, Jewels!Rhonda Davis Crombie

  • January 1, 2011
    10:59 pm

    Two beautiful ladies! May 2011 be filled with much love and happiness!!Melanie Angel

  • January 1, 2011
    11:00 pm

    … health and success!

  • January 2, 2011
    1:38 am

    Happy new year awesome family! best wishes to you guys!Nordine Kadri

  • January 2, 2011
    1:38 am

    Such a cute pic, you two are adorable!!!Ricarda Hofmeister

  • January 2, 2011
    1:39 am

    what are you planning to do for this year?Laura Watson

  • January 2, 2011
    1:39 am

    I'd say you look more like sisters! Love it.Amilee Kelly Hodge

  • January 2, 2011
    1:39 am

    Stunning!Emily Cash

  • January 2, 2011
    1:40 am

    lovely family photo :DCindy McGiffert

  • January 2, 2011
    1:41 am

    Happy new year Julie!!! to you and all your family :D :D :D !!!!Many beautiful wishes,love,peace,happiness,health and more!!!!Denisse LeBon Taylor Brown

  • January 2, 2011
    1:41 am

    She had the "oh mom seriously" yet the total mom " I love u" look. A mom can pick it out.Eileen Herncane

  • January 2, 2011
    1:42 am

    GORGEOUS!!♥Cheray Grant

  • January 2, 2011
    1:43 am

    Lovely pic!!!Healthy and wonderful year for you two and your loved ones!xxxMariFer Cruz Ortega

  • January 2, 2011
    1:43 am

    beautiful shotTara Higgins Montgomery

  • January 2, 2011
    1:44 am

    Such a pretty picture….Heather Rose Dunaway

  • January 2, 2011
    1:44 am

    that is the best pic… def a keeper…. happy new yearMariah Monesmith-Kreider

  • January 2, 2011
    5:20 am

    You're both gorgeous! So glad you are together!Morgan Raymond

  • January 2, 2011
    9:13 am

    great photoHillary Short

  • January 2, 2011
    9:13 am

    Thanks hon – yummy quiche,

  • January 2, 2011
    9:20 am

    Stunning pic!! Have both a wonderful Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 2, 2011
    1:00 pm

    Happy New Year Mum! Have a fabulous year!