Recipe Redo: Cat Cora’s Prosecco Poached Pears

10/25/2013 at 12:32 PM ET

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No matter where you stand on the “how-soon is too-soon for Christmas” debate, you should be prepared: holiday food is starting taking over the Internets. And we’re ready!

One dish we love to make around this time is poached pears. They’re so sinfully sweet and totally easy to throw together. Plus, they’re a healthier alternative to gobbling up a piece of pie or scoop of ice cream for dessert—although, serving poached pears with a scoop of ice cream isn’t a bad idea at all!

Today we’ve taken Cat Cora’s Prosecco Poached Pears and simplified some of the steps. (Who has time to peel ginger and zest lemons while a  table of guests eagerly waits for dessert?) In our version, just toss in OJ and cardamom, an underrated fall/winter spice that packs so much awesome flavor.

We also added even more prosecco, because one of the best parts of this dish is slurping up the fragrant poaching liquid—it’s so good! Lastly we decided to serve our poached pears warm to fully get into the spirit of the chilly seasons ahead. Enjoy!

Spoon Fork Bacon Poached Pears
Courtesy Spoon Fork Bacon

Spoon Fork Bacon Poached Pears
Courtesy Spoon Fork Bacon

Extra-Easy, Extra-Boozy Prosecco Poached Pears
Serves 3-4

4 Bosc pears
1 bottle (750ml) prosecco
1 cup orange juice
½ cup honey
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise, whole
5 cardamom pods
2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1. Peel pears, cut each in half lengthwise and remove cores.

2. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

3. Place 2 or 3 pear halves into a shallow bowl and top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the poaching liquid, being careful not to scoop out the anise, cardamom pods or cinnamon stick. Top pears with ground cinnamon and serve warm. Repeat with rest of pear halves.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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