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NOVEMBER 16, 2008 4:11PM

A recipe for a winter pear.

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Poached Pears of Delight

1. Find a dry red wine good for cooking. Pour lots of it into a big saucepan.

2. Add spices and flavors that sound delicious. I suggest a mixture of clove, vanilla, and orange zest.

3. Put the saucepan on the stove and bring the wine and spices to a boil.

4. Let it boil gently for, say, half a minute.

5. Add a few whole, unpeeled, uncored pears. Yes, that's right. Leave the seeds in and the skin on.

6. Poach the pears until they are tender. Basically until you can poke your fork easily into them.  You know what tender is.

7. Remove the pears. They'll be hot, so let them cool a little. While that's happening, add lots of honey to the remaining wine mixture and boil it down further. Now you have a sauce.

8. While the pears are still warm but not burn-your-tongue-off hot, place them on a cool plate and spoon some of your wine and honey sauce over them.

9. Serve with ice cream (Black Walnut is the best) or marscapone or creme fraiche.

10. For good measure, toss some pistachios or walnuts over the whole business.

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