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Cheese to match pears

missem Nov 1, 2006 04:24 PM

I have amazing pears and want to serve them for dessert with some nuts and cheese. One of my guests won't eat blue in any form, so I need other suggestions.

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    mpd Nov 2, 2006 04:45 PM

    A classic Italian meal would end with pears and slices of fresh parmesan.

    1. jenniebnyc Nov 2, 2006 12:56 AM

      St. Andres for sure

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        scottso Nov 1, 2006 09:51 PM

        Two of my favorites with juicy pears are Saint Andrea (a triple creme) and Cabrales (a Spanish blue cheese).

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          LJS Nov 1, 2006 08:36 PM

          Best "salad" I ever ate was in a restaurant in Florence: it was peccorino cheese and pears, sliced, drizzled with olive oil and lemon (keeps the pears from turning) over butter lettuce.

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            PBnBanana Nov 1, 2006 08:26 PM

            My favorite salad includes pears and goat cheese...try it, it really is delicious

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              chowchow985 Nov 1, 2006 05:36 PM


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              1. re: chowchow985
                DGresh Nov 1, 2006 05:50 PM

                the OP said no blue in any form--

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                  chowchow985 Nov 1, 2006 05:59 PM

                  This article has some good ideas - http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/featu...

                  1. re: chowchow985
                    missem Nov 1, 2006 06:46 PM

                    Great suggestions, thanks.

              2. TonyO Nov 1, 2006 05:34 PM

                Recently had some squash blossoms stuffed with Taleggio and drizzled with honey. Excellent !

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                  pâté chinois Nov 1, 2006 05:29 PM

                  bleu - roquefort or stilton - is great with pears... and don't forget the port!

                  1. frenetica Nov 1, 2006 04:27 PM


                    Can't hurt to serve some honey and pecans alongside. Choose a deep honey like orange blossom - divine with taleggio.

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                    1. re: frenetica
                      Ruth Lafler Nov 1, 2006 09:15 PM

                      I agree. I like a soft cheese with pears (or apples, for that matter). There are some luscious soft mixed milk cheeses from Italy around now -- robiola, Alta Langhe La Tur, etc. Or a rich, creamy French cheese like a Brillat-Savarin or a Jean Grogne.

                      Maybe some blue, too, for your other guest to enjoy. If you can get your hands on some, Rogue River blue wrapped in leaves soaked in pear brandy is amazing with pears.

                    2. Robert Lauriston Nov 1, 2006 04:25 PM

                      Gruyere's a great match.

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