Spice Poached Pears
Aged Cheddar Salad
Pear and Apple Vinaigrette
Combine all ingredients into a large pot. Make sure that the liquid comes up so that the pears are submerged. Depending on how deep and wide your pot is, you may have to add just a touch more water so that the pears are covered.
Put the pot over medium heat until the liquid comes up to a low simmer and allow to cook for 5 minutes or so.
Turn the heat off, and allow the pears cool to room temperature in the liquid. The pears should be tender when poked with a fork.
The pears will hold best in the fridge, in their cooking liquid. When ready to use, cut the sides of the pear off, working around the core, then slice.
Combine all ingredients, with the exception of the aged cheddar, into a large bowl. Season with salt & freshly ground pepper, then gently toss. Finish by grating the aged cheddar right over top.
Combine all ingredients except the olive oil into a small bowl. Whisk together so that the salt dissolves, then whisk in the olive oil.