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                            PEPPER POACHED PEARS
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Ceideburg 2
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1 1/2   c            Water
    1 1/2   c            White wine
    1       c            Sugar
    1       tb           Black peppercorns
      3/4                Inch piece fresh ginger,
                         -sliced
    1                    Cinnamon stick
    2                    Cloves
      1/8   ts           Salt
            pn           Crushed red pepper
    1       t            Wine vinegar
    4                    Firm pears, peeled, halved
                         -and cored
      1/2   ts           Vanilla
 
   Ran across this recipe in an article in the Chron about weird taste
   combinations and thought it worth passing on.  (Never mind the
   comments.) BTW, this is one of the first recipes I entered using
   WordStar 7.0.  When I ran the spell checker on it WS didn't recognize
   “quart” or “vinegar” as words!!!!  Amazing.  “Nam Yuey” I can
   understand, but “VINEGAR”?
   
   These are wonderful served over ice cream or with pound cake. Combine
   the water, wine, sugar, peppercorns, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt,
   red pepper and vinegar in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.
   
   Add the pears and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for 10 minutes,
   until the pears are tender, turning every few minutes so they cook
   evenly.
   
   When the pears are uniformly tender, remove to a plate.  Reduce the
   liquid in the pan by half.  Strain into a bowl.  Add the vanilla and
   return the pears to the liquid to cool.
   
   Serve at room temperature.
   
   Serves 4.
   
   San Francisco Chronicle, date unknown.
   
   Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; May 19 1992.
  
 
 
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