wait gain. pancetta crisps with pear and blue cheese

Posted on 1:31 am 

Hello there.

It’s about time huh?  I’ve missed you!

I’ve attempted to write this post many times over the course of the past few months.  Every single time I started typing the first sentence, my emotions would take over and I just couldn’t continue and was left staring at a blinking cursor.  As much as I missed blogging I kept telling myself to just wait…”be of good courage and he will strengthen thine heart.”  You see, I lost my father in January and quite honestly had not been 100% my usual, chipper, happy go lucky self.  I am still grappling daily with the fact that now both of my parents are no longer here on earth with me.  I know at a designated time, God will call my name also and I will see them both again but in the meantime and in between time, it STILL hurts and I miss them like crazy.

I realized that since my father’s sudden passing,  I have become the BIGGEST LOSER….of patience that is.  As a youth track coach I’m tasked every season with teaching five and six year olds how to stay in their lanes for an entire 400 meters.  Believe me when I say this is no easy feat and requires a high degree of tolerance coupled with a kindergarten cop mentality.☺  Molasses like patience has always been a friend of mine yet in recent months I had been impatiently waiting for my sorrow to be replaced with joy.  It was taking waaaay too long for my taste.

I started feeling like myself again and then….Whitney Houston passed!  Whitney’s death spun me into a deeper blue funk not only because her music contributed to the soundtrack of my life but three weeks prior I had just attended my father’s funeral in Newark.  Like millions all over the globe, I watched the live telecast of Whitney’s funeral.  Yes I was an emotional mess all over again and when the pallbearers lifted her beautiful casket up towards heaven, I was done!  I cried and cried and cried but as as the Psalm scripture goes..”weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

It was with great joy that I attended the Food Blog Forum conference back in March.  In addition to making acquaintances with a fabulous group of super talented fellow food bloggers while kickin’ it at Mickey and Minnie’s crib, I had the privilege of meeting the rock star duo behind one of my favorite blogs, White on Rice Couple.  Diane Cu and Todd Porter are truly super cool peeps!  Diane shared this touching and beautifully produced “Our Life Recipe” video with conference attendees and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.  Certainly not mine.  I personally thanked Diane for sharing the video, told her of my loss and received in return a most precious gift–a much needed, spirit lifting, big warm hug.  Some things in life are truly priceless.

Be encouraged…..

If you’re like me and have lost your parent (s) or loved ones and it still hurts, wait!

If you are faithfully committed to losing body weight and it’s not happening as fast as you’d like despite a disciplined routine of exercise and proper eating (no cheating), wait!

If you are simply expecting a desire of your heart to be fulfilled, wait!

Wait!   Wait!   Wait..and wait some more my friend.

Patience is phat.

Everything happens in due TIME.  xo

Alterations were made to this recipe from Southern Living.

Pancetta Crisps With Pear and Blue Cheese

Total Time: 25 minutes

Size: 6


12 thin slices pancetta (about 1/3 lb.)
1 Bartlett pear
1/2 (4-oz.) package goat cheese, crumbled
Freshly cracked pepper


Place pancetta slices in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet.

Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined wire rack. Let stand 10 minutes or until crisp.

Core pear with an apple corer. Cut pear crosswise into 12 thin rings. Arrange on a serving platter.

Top evenly with pancetta and blue cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with honey just before serving.


TASTING NOTES:  Outkast, In Due Time

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4 responses to “wait gain. pancetta crisps with pear and blue cheese”

  1. I’ve often thought of you over the past month LaTonya. I was hoping that everything was ok, but am saddened to hear it was not. I can’t even begin to image what you have/are going through. However, you are right that patience and time so important. I’m sending positive thoughts and energy your way.

    Keep blogging, entertaining, and let me know if I can do anything for you.

    All the best,

    • hautecookture says:

      Awww thank you for your comforting words Jed. I feel the positive energy you’ve sent my way:)


  2. LaTonya,
    I’ve thought of you soo much over the last couple months, and swear I was planning on emailing you to see if all was OK. I am sooo very sorry about your dad. I believe you have another gardian angel. Love this post. You are inspiring girl. xoxo

    • hautecookture says:

      Heeey Jenny… The fly girl from the West siiiiide:)
      Thank you so much for thinking of me:) I agree…I definitely have another guardian angel watching over me. I finally got my groove back. Thank you for inspiring me as well. Big hug to you from the East siiiiiide:)

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