Prep: 20 min  Roast: 20 min  Oven: 425 F


Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc from Chile or California


-      2 medium Bosc pears, peeled, cored, sliced ¼” thick

-      2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

-      ½ teaspoon salt, divided

-      ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

-      1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

-      1 teaspoon finely chopped shallots

-      ½ teaspoon honey

-      4 cups spring mix salad, or, your favorite greens mixture

-      1 oz blue cheese, crumbled

-      ¼ cut pecan halves, toasted (optional)


ONE – preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a 15” x 10” x 1” baking pan with foil.  Place pear slices in prepared pan.  Drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil.  Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoons of the sale and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper; toss to coat.  Arrange slices in a single layer.  Roast pear slices, uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until pears are golden and edges are lightly browned, gently turning and rearranging once.  Watch closely the last few minutes of roasting to prevent from burning.  Cool pears in a pan on a wire rack.


TWO – for dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, the vinegar, shallots, honey, the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  Cover and shake well.


THREE – on individual salad plates arrange greens, pear slices, blue cheese and, if desired, pecans.  Drizzle with dressing.

(Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 166 cal; 11 g total fat [3 g sat fat]; 5 mg chol; 405 mg sodium; 16 g carb; 3 g dietary fiber; 2 g protein)


(recipe source: PUBLIX Grape; Fall 2010)




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-------------------------------- Bartlett Pear Mini Muffins!!


Small nuggets of ripe pear are a sweet surprise in these adorable bite-sized muffins. These pair wonderfully with fresh pear butter!



2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup granulated sugar


3 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup melted butter, cooled

Zest of 1 lemon

1 cup diced Bartlett USA Pears (about 2 medium pears)

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans



Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together milk, beaten egg, butter, and lemon zest.

Mix pears and nuts into flour mixture. Gently stir milk mixture into dry ingredients. Batter should be lumpy, not smooth. Do not over-mix.

Spray miniature muffin pans with nonstick spray or fill with baking cups. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake for 15 minutes, until tops are browned. Remove from pan immediately and serve warm.


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Bring on the Bartletts (and Starkrimsons)!


In a matter of days, you'll be able to find a fresh crop of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears at your local grocer!

Bartlett pears are one of the few varieties that change color as they ripen. Leave them at room temperature, and watch their brilliant green color change to a golden yellow. The Bartlett pear is the variety that most people think of as having that quintessential 'pear' flavor.

Red Bartletts change from dark red, sometimes with vertical striping, to a beautiful bright red as they ripen. Like Yellow Bartletts, their flesh makes them perfect for eating fresh, canning, and slicing into desserts or salads.

The Starkrimson pear is easily identified by its brilliant crimson skin and a thick, stocky stem. This pear is best suited to any use that shows off its beautiful color! It's a mild, sweet pear with a delicate floral aroma.




What's your perfect pairing?

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The wooden cheeseboard swivels open to reveal a cheese knife set. The stem also serves duty as a wine stopper!

To enter the contest, simply and tell us about your favorite pear and cheese pair! What is it about your choice that makes you come back for more?

Don't delay! Entries must be received by September 10. 




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