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This week has been a typical rainy April week, and I’m thrilled (that it’s not snow)! The temperatures have all been above 50°F so far. Despite the rain, I’ve been sporting my sandals and have been yearning to be outside enjoying Spring. In Pennsylvania, April is my favorite month of the year. So while I’m dreaming of cherry blossoms, I’ll share this recipe with you. It’s always fun to combine my favorite ingredients to create new recipes. This tarragon pear rice makes a fantastic side dish to my apple smoked turkey tenderloin.

Tarragon Pear Rice

Tarragon Pear Rice

1 c. uncooked rice, 2 1/3 c. water, 1 Tbsp. butter, 1 small shallot minced, 2 Tbsp. chopped tarragon, 2 Tbsp. pan drippings from turkey tenderloin or 2 Tbsp. of marinade (before meat touched it), 1/2 an anjou pear chopped, fresh ground sea salt

Melt butter in sauce pan and brown shallots. Add drippings and rice until warm and rice is lightly browned. Add tarragon, salt and water. Bring rice to a boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, adding pears two minutes before finished. Let stand for a few minutes and then fluff with a fork.

Once again, I would’ve serve this over a bed of sautéed spinach, but it didn’t look so fresh at the supermarket. Another thing I love about April? Farmer’s markets are starting back up!

Do you have a favorite month?  What makes it so special?