bear with me [for an amaretto fruit salad recipe]

so, this poor little food blog. i left her sitting here all alone, left you all sitting here, waiting for limoncello cupcake recipes, flatbread recipes, tortilla soup and mediterranean sweet potato pilaf recipes….
i had the best of intentions, truly.

but something happened.


you might be familiar with it. the way it changes everything, sneaks around corners with the unexpected, sometimes even with delightful surprises…
never predictable, always crazy. crazy good. but crazy nonetheless.

oh, life.

i have ebbed off of blog posts for a long, long while for many reasons. i confess a lot of that had to do with the eerie silence around here – i wonder sometimes if there is anyone really reading my ramblings [i know you do. really.], i wonder if anyone is benefitting from my recipes, adding to them, changing them, or inspired in any way by the years and heart i have poured into this blog. i don’t leave comments on every blog i read, though i do on most – and i am not pandering for comments by any means!! i am just being honest. sometimes i just wonder if it is all worth the research, the minutes/hours spent preparing pretty dishes, styling, photographing, uploading, editing, choosing the best sequence of photographs, changing my mind, deciding again, writing, editing, deleting and starting over, giving up and starting over again. and then again.

well, i do believe it is indeed worth it.

i love this. i love food. i love shopping at thrift stores for unique little dishes, and reading through old recipe books for new inspiration. i love encouraging you all to truly enjoy good food, to take the time to care for yourself. i hope that comes across here.
i am not a chef, an expert, or employed by anyone but myself [which i think is pretty darn awesome anyway]. i am just a girl who is passionate about good eating, who loves people, and who loves to tell stories through the lens of my camera. i don’t like doing dishes, or capitalizing my letters. or mushrooms. i really don’t like mushrooms.


like the recent arrival of spring, i hope to grow a new passion for this little blog and watch it bloom and grow.

i thought i would begin [again] with a refreshing amaretto fruit salad i created just yesterday, and loved so much i made more again today. i hope you will enjoy it too. feel free to substitute other favourite fruits, especially as the seasons change! but don’t skimp on the amaretto, or quality of said amaretto. i personally love Disaranno liqueur. ๐Ÿ™‚

amaretto fruit salad

amaretto fruit salad

1 deliciously ripe pear
8 or so strawberries
handful dried [unsweetened] cranberries
a few squeezes fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup organic [unsweetened] coconut flakes
teaspoon cinnamon sugar [plus extra for dusting]
2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur [the good stuff]
1 banana

core pear, cut into eighths, then cube slices. hull and slice strawberries. place with dried cranberries in a medium mixing bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. stir in amaretto, coconut flakes and cinnamon sugar. just before serving, peel and slice banana into 1/2 inch slices and very gently mix in.

garnish with a little extra dusting of cinnamon sugar.
[a few sliced almonds would be a delightful addition here as well!]

i hope you enjoy.
i cannot wait to share more deliciousness with you soon.


[all photos copyright chanelle richardson/@iamchanelle]


14 thoughts on “bear with me [for an amaretto fruit salad recipe]

  1. I’m glad you’re not quitting your blog :~) For the record, I left a comment on your last post, “Fifty Cents,” and wrote something lame about “Fitty Cent,” erased it, and thought, “I am such a loser… I need to stop writing comments on blogs!” :~) But yours is one of my favorites, so keep the yumminess coming, please! :~)

  2. I feel the same way about the blog posts I don’t get to…which gives me an idea…hmm…

    Anyway. Is anyone reading? Yes. I’m no longer in the reading-abuncha-blogs-daily routine, but I definitely pop in over here now and then. (And I’m sure I’m not the only one.) I definitely scan your archives looking for inspiration or a certain type of recipe. And I definitely make pita pizzas all the time. (In fact, I want to do a post soon about my go-to recipes, and that would be one of them!) But is that worth all the work? Honestly, I didn’t think you did all this so that I would try your latest vegetarian pasta creation or so that someone else would swoon over your bold use of lowercase letters. I just thought you loved it.

    I’m glad to see you say it’s worth it to you, because I love what you create – the food, photos, the prose. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  3. hi, my name is libby…I am a reader on the east coast (baltimore area), and I check in often, but have never commented! Thanks for the gorgeous pictures and tasty recipes. Looking forward to more!

  4. Hi Chanelle,
    I check your blog all the time and enjoy reading it. Still waiting for those limoncello cupcakes! I bookemarked all the other yummy ones from that New Years Eve wedding!
    Michelle L

  5. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and there are times I fall in and out of love with the hobby. Before I’d feel guilty when I didn’t post. Now, I’ve realized that I’ll post when I want, take a break when I need to. Guilt free.

  6. This fruit salad was so yummy and awesome!!! i made it for our group and everyone was asking for the recipe! Don’t worry i gave you all the credit… well maybe some… i added peaches to mine, yum yum!

  7. You are such a comment panderer ๐Ÿ˜‰ I loved the pictures, but REALLY…. all I could REALLY think about is the fact that Clint certainly couldn’t have eaten this salad after his FB post about coconuts tasting like shoelaces and our follow up conversation where he reiterated his hatred for coconut! But then, it looks so delish that maybe you didn’t even offer to share ๐Ÿ™‚

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