RECIPE :: ROSEMARY PEAR PIE

You may remember this delicious recipe from my collaboration with Starbucks this past fall. Well, since the inspiration site we put together was seasonal, it’s since been taken down, and a few of you have asked that I now post the recipe here – a request I’m more than happy to accommodate!

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

A perfect mix of sweet and a touch of savory, this Pear & Rosemary Pie recipe one of my favorite things we’ve cooked up, perfect for the holidays and all winter long…

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Rosemary Pear Pie // makes one 9″ pie

Ingredients //

  • 5 bosc pears, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar (for dusting)

Directions //

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

To begin, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into approximately a 12″ round.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Cut to about 9″ and place in the pie plate, crimping around the edges. Place in refrigerator to chill while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Next, peel, core and dice pears into ¼-½ inch pieces. In a bowl mix the pears, brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon until evenly coated.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

In a small saucepan, slowly melt butter over medium heat until it begins to brown, constantly stirring. Add rosemary and vanilla extract, then quickly remove from heat allowing to cool a bit before pouring over pears. Mix thoroughly and then pour the pear mixture into the prepared pie pan.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Preheat oven to 400º. Roll remaining dough on a lightly floured surface, and cut into 8 strips (approximately 1 inch wide). Arrange 4 strips lengthwise across pie, then the remaining 4 strips in the opposite direction, alternately lifting the strips to weave the dough over and under, forming a lattice.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Trim the strips to the same length as the crust, and crimp the edges to seal. Brush the crust with a beaten egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Chill for 15-20 minutes.

Place pie in oven at 400º for 10 minutes. Reduce to 375º and bake for 1 hour, tenting with foil if crust is browning too quickly, until juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown.

Rosemary Pear Pie recipe // coco+kelley

Let cool one hour before serving. And, then? DEVOUR.

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley

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HANDMADE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP PARTY!

One of my very favorite parts of Christmas is wrapping all the presents!! While I usually buy the paper, I love making my own toppers and tags, so was super excited with the lovely Brandy Brown of Marabou Design agreed to hosting a little gift wrap workshop where she showed us how to create one-of-a-kind handmade wrapping paper and toppers just in time for holiday gifting…

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

She also set up a little shop where everyone could purchase her new line of gorgeous wrapping paper! (You may have noticed I snagged a few rolls myself!) 

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

The seats were set with sweet treats and bows!

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

And Brandy showed how to whip out a small sheet of wrapping paper with nothin’ but a magic marker. I mean, even the most craft reluctant can get a handle on this kind of thing.

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Here’s how to make your own paper in just a few easy steps!

Start with a pattern in mind, and one word you’d like to repeat. For example, you could do stars, zig zags and “merry”.

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Then start by repeating the first pattern twice…

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Then, write in the word, or repeat the other pattern, then the word. Really, there’s no rules, but you can see how this gal made Brandy’s example her own with trees, stars, dots and ‘Joy!’

And yes, those are pipe cleaner toppers!

gift wrapping workshop with marabou design and coco+kelley

Easy peasy, right? And you’ve got a happy handmade holiday gift wrap for friends and family that’s easy enough for the kiddos to do too.

A huge thank you to Brandy at Marabou Design and to Cozbi Jean for the beautiful photos!

Up next? Wreath design!!!

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GIFT GUIDE :: STOCKING STUFFERS FOR HIM + HER

I kinda had a panic attack the other day about the fact that I’m not even close to finished with my Christmas shopping, and then I remembered… I still had stockings to stuff too! I feel like I always do them at the last minute – throwing in socks and mini bottles of booze and whatever other random small items I can find.

This year, however, I’m trying to be more thoughtful and selective! So I hope this stocking stuffer gift guide helps you do the same!

coco-kelley-stocking-stuffer-gift-guide

1. faceted iphone case // 2. gold earbuds // 3. portable iphone battery // 4. eye brush set // 5. jo malone wood sage & sea salt (my fave!) // 6. all-purpose nourishing oil for men // 7. monogram cocktail napkins // 8. gold jigger // 9. leather decanter tags // 10. lip studs // 11. wrapped chain cuff // 12. striped tie

And because we couldn’t possibly fit them all in one guide… a few more picks for you to peruse! The first one is a personal favorite…

8 responses on “GIFT GUIDE :: STOCKING STUFFERS FOR HIM + HER

  1. Denise

    My stocking stuffers are relatively inexpensive. Gourmet chocolate bars, specialty jams, soaps, candles, kitchen gadgets, interesting fridge magnets, etc.

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  2. Marisa

    NO! I loved that Marc Jacobs phone case but your phone falls out of it so easily!! Mine shook around in the case and would then fall right out! I love his other cases but I would stay away from the faceted one!

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HOLIDAY COCKTAILS :: THE MINT MERRYMAKER

While I’m not usually one for sweet sippers, ’tis the season for indulging! And this festive and minty little holiday cocktail recipe is just what your guests ordered…

the mint merrymaker cocktail - mint, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur// coco kelley

The Mint Merrymaker // serves 1

  • 1 oz. white crème de cacao
  • 1 oz rain city coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz. creme de menthe
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • chocolate wafer, fresh mint and mini candy canes for garnish

the mint merrymaker cocktail - mint, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur// coco kelley

Mix all the ingredients (minus garnish) together in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy!

the mint merrymaker cocktail - mint, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur // coco kelley

Pour the mixture into a small lowball or martini glass, then scoop the froth on the top…

the mint merrymaker cocktail - mint, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur// coco kelley

Crumble some chocolate cookies for garnish (we used mint oreos!) and add fresh mint or a little peppermint stick.

the mint merrymaker cocktail recipe // coco+kelley

The coffee liqueur we used in this recipe is made locally in Seattle, and is my favorite – a true coffee flavor that’s not creamy at all, it makes for a delicious mixer or sipper on ice. But what’s great about it in this recipe is how it cuts the sweetness of the other ingredients, for a well balanced dessert cocktail. I also cut down the amount of mint  – colored booze scares me – for a more subtle flavor.

As always, you play with the portions to suit your palette! If you’d rather use something on hand, try a cognac in place of the coffee. And enjoy!

photography by katie parra for coco+kelley

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GIFT GUIDE :: GIVE BACK

Just like most of you, I usually end up doing my holiday shopping online, and at my favorite large retailers whose sales (and return policies) make it easy to wrap up that Christmas shopping as quickly as possible. But, a couple years ago I decided to make a major effort to create gift guides that were all about shopping small, local, or at stores that gave back their community somehow.

I’ve found it’s nice to have a balance of both, for practical reasons, but today I’m sharing my picks for shopping the stores whose social practices either give back to charities, or are socially responsible in ways like providing jobs in 3rd world countries or volunteering their time to clean the oceans….

coco+kelley gift guide for gifts that give back // for her

1 // Fair Trade Gifts is a larger site showcasing shops and items that are all fair trade – making it easy to find items that support paying a living wage to artisans across the world.

2 // Hats like this one made in Peru & Uganada are just one of the many men’s and women’s accessories, apparel and more at Krochet Kids  who employs and empowers the women that create these garments.

3 // It’s not only some of the BEST chocolate I’ve ever had, but every time you purchase a jcoco product, they provide a healthy serving of food to someone who would otherwise go hungry.

4 // State Bags is a new-to-me line that has some of the greatest, simple and stylish backpacks around (for men and children too!). For every bag purchased, a bag is donated to American children in need, and have created ‘Bag Drop’ events designed to inspire and motivate these underprivileged youth.

5 // 31 Bits‘ fun recycled paper jewelery is made by women in Uganda, supporting them in creating their own businesses.

6 // Called ‘pujammies‘ – these pajama bottoms provide work for young women who would otherwise be sold into the sex trade in India by offering fare wages and job training as seamstresses.

7 // MaterialFix offers an array of beautiful jewels whose profits go towards partners who are educating girls in Peru and eliminating child prostitution in India.

8 // Not only is this simple leather clutch sitting in my closet as we speak, but I’m incredibly impressed with the level of quality at fashionABLE – a company that creates sustainable business for people in Africa.

coco+kelley gift guide for gifts that give back // for him
1 // I discovered Esperos Bags most recently, and love their simple style. Each sale goes towards providing children in developing countries access to education.

2 // These headphones have been popping up in gift guides like this one for a few years now, but I think it’s the first time we’ve featured them here! LSTN donates to the Starkey Hearing Foundation which provides 100,000 hearing aids to people in need around the world each year.

3 // United by Blue is a company whose heart is where my own is – with the ocean. The idea is simple – when you support them, you support cleaner water. Their commitment? For every product sold they will remove one pound of trash from waterways. A for-profit company making a commitment where their success is also ours. Simple. Plus, you know I want that pennant!

4 // Another knit from Krochet Kids, I just can’t get enough of the colors they bring to their line, and the support they lend to empowering women. They are also a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit.

5 // Another shop with gorgeous goods, Apolis promotes what they call ‘Advocacy through Industry’ and are a Certified B corporation, which means they meet the higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability as a business.

6 // Coming from a coffee-aware city, we tend to have many fair-trade options when it comes to beans, but I love that Laughing Man (co-founded by Hugh Jackman, hello!) ‘helps entrepreneurs help humanity by creating and developing new business.’ If you teach a man to fish…

7 // Already mentioned above, State Bags gives back locally to American youth in need of inspiration and a new backpack.

8 // While the bags at Invisible Children are great, it was these shoes – custom made in Ethiopia – that caught my eye and at an incredible price. Sales fund the Invisible Children’s mission of civilian protection and rehabilitation of children abducted by the LRA in Central Africa.

9 // Also from United by Blue, this blanket comes with a bonus: for every blanket purchased UBB will provide a blanket to homeless shelter.

6 responses on “GIFT GUIDE :: GIVE BACK

  1. Jo

    Love that you are helping support and making people aware of these businesses that provide jobs in 3rd world countries as well as those companies that are socially responsible. Thanks so much!

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  3. kate Zucconi

    These are all such good causes!
    I’m sure the gift if giving is made to feel even better when you are part of changing someone’s life, or sustaining a new life for all these hardworking people!
    They are all great gift ideas, thanks for bringing awareness!

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