If pears and apples were rock bands, apples would be Coldplay and pears would be The White Stripes. Both good bands and both successful, but The White Stripes are not used in everything being sold and they take a little bit more work to enjoy. So for the first ingredient to be laid on the workbench, the Pear, has been humbly submitted.
One of the main downfalls for pears is the grocery store. Nearly every grocery store carries them in two conditions, calculus hard and post biker bar fight. Needless to say most people do not have the patience to buy a pear and wait around for it to ripen, so the pears sit on the shelf waiting for the high school stock boy to drop them while ogling a lady or the pears get crushed while trying to finish off the case. So the recipes that will be featured in this section will use them in their varying states of ripeness.
The next post will feature examples of pears, selection tips and flavor matching.