The cost of eating is rising all around us. The news last night projects a 2 to 4% increase in the year ahead.
We’ll have to shop and cook smarter in the months ahead just to keep our food expenditures even, much less reduce what we spend at the supermarket.
So my quest for healthy food for under a dollar a pound takes on a greater sense of urgency. And it’s winter, not the height of harvest season. Even apples are $1.50 to $2 a pound.
But not pears!
So I bought a bunch. Now what? Perishable food without a plan is penny wise and pound foolish.
Can we start with desert? That’s where pears shine.
- sliced with cheese: blue cheese, brie, or cheddar
- poached with a wine reduction, caramel, or chocolate sauce
- upside down cake, where the pineapple ring goes
- pear crisp or pie
- baked in cream or in salt
- pears a la mode
My favorite salad at our neighborhood pub is mixed greens flanked with pear slices, dried cranberries and a few walnuts. Adding the pears boosts the menu price from $4.95 for plain greens to $8.99 for the pear salad. You can try this at home. For a lot less.
I like to serve a compote of cubed pears and sliced kiwi for Sunday brunch. But my favorite guilty pleasure (involving pears, at least) is sauted pear slices and sausages with a pan sauce of a bit of cream and cinnamon.
Pears are most plentiful in the fall and winter. So, while they are available and inexpensive, indulge. For under a dollar a pound.
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