I am in the middle of a pear harvest. I have so many pears, I'm constantly cooking them down into pear butter, which greatly reduces their volume and cranks up the concentrated flavor. This afternoon I will be making some pear chutney.
What's wrong with eating pears fresh, the way the tree intended?
Nothing at all!
We've had quite a few of them simply washed and cut off the core.
And to get a little fancy, we sliced off "fillets" of pear and topped them with prosciutto and blue cheese. (That was fancy enough for company. I like to call a lucky stumble-upon like that "restaurant worthy." Happens once in a while, usually the simpler the better.)
But it took the imagination of a couple of friends, who had been recipients of a sack of our pears and a bag of fresh arugula from our garden, to come up with a "one-louder" interpretation of local eating. Pear-arugula salad.
I'll try that next.