another quiet night at home, music on, candle lit, a bottle of wine and a nice dinner and dessert together. We sat on the couch and ate and talked and clinked glasses and analyzed this wine (Big O Wine's 2007 Chardonnay): I said peach with a faint hint of anise lingering after; he figured out that there's banana at the end, too, and there's a middle note of warm vanilla.
Pears with Blue Cheese:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast a handful of walnuts (approx 7 min in hot oven). Remove walnuts when they become fragrant and are lightly toasted; set aside.
Cut two pears in half and core (we used Taylor Gold). Melt 1-2 Tbl. butter in a skillet over med-high heat. When melted, place pears, cut side down, in the pan. Cook until pears are golden-brown and beginning to soften.
Transfer pears to a baking dish, cut side up. Stuff the hollow where the core was with blue cheese, mounding it slightly. Place the pears in the preheated oven and bake, perhaps 7-10 min, or until they are tender. If you like, switch to the broiler and brown the cheese a little.
Remove pears from oven, sprinkle with the walnuts, and drizzle all with honey.
Mm-mm; perfect for a mellow night in with your sweetie!