January 14, 2010

January 14: An easy, amazing dessert using overripe pears

This recipe was born from overripe pears I couldn't bear to throw away. My kids love this dessert!

Pears a la Mary

5 pears, halved, cored and peeled
3 Tbs. butter
5 Tbs. raspberry jam
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3 Tbs. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. butter
1/4 cup heavy cream

slivered almonds for garnish

Saute pears in butter in non-stick pan until they are browned. In the meantime, spread a dollop of raspberry jam in a 5 inch circle on a dessert plate. Place chocolate, powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and cream in microwavable container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave 30 more seconds. Stir. Repeat until melted through. Place two pear halves on top of jammed plates. Drizzle chocolate over. Top with nuts.

Conversation starter: What's your favorite pair of shoes right now? What was your favorite pair three years ago? Why?


Sandra Heska King said...

My favorite pair of shoes are my blue Keens. More comfortable than a pair of tennies for walking long distances in the heat of a summer festival. And I can wear them with socks, too, when the weather cools. That pair, the same pair, was my favorite 3 years ago. I tend to hang on to things I love. :)

Mary DeMuth said...

What are keens?

Sandra Heska King said...


Mine are like the Commuter (blue) You can walk in (not on) water, wash them . . . I hate socks and tennies when it's hot.

I also have a pair of white sandals and a pair of brown laceups with closed toe.

They have a wide toe box and are way comfy.