Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda

I think I just need to tell you just right up front here… that my husband claimed this is the best dinner I’ve made him in months.  I cook for my guys pretty often- as you know, so this was quite the huge compliment.  I must say that I was most definitely in agreement on the awesome dinner assessment.  Ironically, this isn’t even a recipe I created myself.  It comes from Chef Elizabeth Falkner, and she created it for Harry & David using their amazing Royal Riviera® Pears:  Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda

When I’m making pork chops, I like to purchase the best I can find.  These are thick, bone-in chops from Whole Foods, and they were perfect for this recipe.  The pears are from Harry & David- their infamous Royal Riviera® Pears. Comice pears from your market are a proper replacement should you not have your hands on the Harry & David brand.

I’m partnering with Harry & David for Harry & David’s Seasonal Chef Program, featuring seasonally inspired recipes featuring Harry & David’s fruit. Lucky me… October is dedicated to unique interpretations of culinary creations featuring Harry & David’s famous Royal Riviera® Pear, that are easily re-created at home.  I have to tell you- this recipe may sound fancy and all using the term “Mostarda,” but it was extremely easy to make at home.  ”Mostarda” is technically candied fruit cooked in a mustard-infused syrup (in this case- pears sauteed in honey and balsamic vinegar and mixed with mustard greens).

I had the opportunity to visit Harry & David and their pear orchards in person a couple of months ago.  They have quite the operation going with acres upon acres of well-tended, beautiful orchards.  Their pears are watched closely and treasured and cared-for until they are just right for picking and shipping.  I had a chance to meet someone in just about every part of the company- orchard workers, marketing execs, bow makers, basket packers, public relations reps, Moose Munch makers, and Charlie the Chocolate Scientist.  I love the company and how they run things around there.  These are good people.

It’s a wonderful thing to get a box of these pears from Harry & David in the mail (they’ve been gifted to me a few times on surprise from friends and relatives over the years).  They’re the sort of pear that will make you the pear lover you never realized you would be.  SO perfectly sweet and crisp and  delicious in every way.  My favorite way to eat them:  chop them up and add them to a salad along with some blue cheese.  And my new favorite way to eat them:  with pork chops!

It’s not often that I really gush about a recipe and am excited to make it again, but this is one of those recipes.  Pork is so often paired with apples, so it’s refreshing to see that it works wonderfully with pears too.  These chops are lightly seasoned and quickly pan-seared before finishing off in the oven and topping with the pear mostarda.  The sauteed pears are mixed with torn mustard greens, also a nice complement to the dish.  For more great recipes this fall season, you can follow Harry & David on Facebook to keep up with the latest recipes shared by their well-known seasonal chefs.

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Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

A recipe from Chef Elizabeth Falkner created for Harry and David- using their Royal Riviera® Pears.

Ingredients:

PORK CHOPS:
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon light brown sugar

2 bone-in center cut pork chops, 10 to 12 ounces each
1 tablespoon olive oil

MOSTARDA:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears, diced half-inch cubes (or Comice Pears)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon mustard powder or mustard seeds (I used powder)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
a few cranks of black pepper
1 cup torn mustard greens, for serving

Directions:

1. Grind together the fennel, peppercorns, salt and sugar. Use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. In a pinch you can place the spices into a freezer zip and crush them with a mallet. Rub spice mixture all over pork chops and let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

2. Prepare the chops: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Preheat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat on the stove. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chops to the skillet and sear 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turning down heat to medium if necessary. Flip again and transfer to the oven for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked to desired doneness (145 degrees is considered safe for serving, but the temperature will continue to rise 5 or so degrees as the chops rest so keep this in mind). Let the chops rest while you prepare the mostarda.

3. Prepare the mostarda: In a large skillet (I used nonstick) on medium heat, add the olive oil and then the onion. Cook the onions until they begin to soften (4 to 5 minutes), then add the pears along with the honey, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add a splash of water if the pan becomes too dehydrated. Set aside to cool a bit.

4. For serving: Toss the mostarda with the mustard greens. Set a pork chop on each plate and top with the mostarda. Serve immediately.

Tips:

*Try grilling the chops in warmer weather.
*I like to use bone-in pork chops found at more quality markets like Whole Foods.

*Mustard greens are easiest to find at specialty markets (like Whole Foods). The recipe can be made without them, but I recommend picking some up if you can- they're good!

Source: RecipeGirl.com (shared with permission from Harry & David)

Disclosure:  Harry & David has provided me with a stipend for time and materials invested in their Harry & David Cooks Up A Seasonal Chef Program with Top Culinary Experts.  All opinions shared about the product are my own.

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422 Responses to “Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda”

  1. 1

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 9:07 AM

    I just eat them plain!

  2. 2

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

    Liked them both on FB!

  3. 3

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

    Followed the both on Twitter!

  4. 4

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

    I’d like to try their pumpkin cheesecake!

  5. 5

    carrian — October 31, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

    I love a pear galette. One of my favorite things ever. This all looks delicious!

  6. 6

    Tracey Bowry — October 31, 2012 @ 9:21 AM

    The best way to eat pears is just fresh. Eating them with sharp cheese is also yummy!

  7. 7

    Tracey Bowry — October 31, 2012 @ 9:24 AM

    I checked out the Harry and David website. I would love to try the chocolate dipped mandarins. Chocolate and orange, yummy!

  8. 8

    Tracey Bowry — October 31, 2012 @ 9:25 AM

    I am following Recipe Girl and Harry & David on facebook.

  9. 9

    Sarah — October 31, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

    I love to make warm pears with vanilla and cinnamon.

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 31st, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

      Well, now I’ve gotta try that too!

  10. 10

    Amy Drown — October 31, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

    I love to feed them to my hubby….

  11. 11

    Regan — October 31, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

    I like to eat pear slices with Paula Deen’s recipe for Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie.

  12. 12

    Denise M — October 31, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

    i liked them grilled best of all

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 31, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

    Looks like an awesome meal, Lori! Harry and David’s pears are amazing, and I love fruit with pork chops – can’t wait to try this!

  14. 14

    Sue Ames — October 31, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    I love pears just as a hand held fruit and in a fruit salad or home canned.

  15. 15

    Regan — October 31, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    I would really like to try their Country Cranberry Relish. It looks great!

  16. 16

    Suzy — October 31, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    I like a pear tart!

  17. 17

    Regan — October 31, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

    I’ve liked both on Facebook!

  18. 18

    Suzy — October 31, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

    Just went to the Harry & David website. A lot of new things there since last year. Really impressed with all the chocolate dipped fruits. I’d love to try the chocolate dipped grapes as well as the other goodies like chocolate dipped pears, YUM!

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    Regan — October 31, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

    I’ve followed both on twitter!

  20. 20

    Karla G — October 31, 2012 @ 9:38 AM

    I like pear upside down cake. Yum!

  21. 21

    Sarah — October 31, 2012 @ 9:39 AM

    I have never had a Harry & David pear before and being a breast cancer research supporter, I would love to try the Pink Pear gift box!

  22. 22

    Karla G — October 31, 2012 @ 9:39 AM

    Wouldn’t mind sampling their mistletoe gift basket

  23. 23

    Karla G — October 31, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    Follow you both on FB (name: Skylar Smith)

  24. 24

    Laura Scott — October 31, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    What a great flavor combo. You rock!

  25. 25

    Laura Scott — October 31, 2012 @ 9:42 AM

    Already follow Recipe Girl, plus Harry & David.

  26. 26

    Sue Ames — October 31, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

    I went to their website and would like to try the merry mixed-up gift pack. will check it all out closer to the holidays.

  27. 27

    Sandra Ruper — October 31, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

    I love a juicy pear all by itself and I also make pear butter which is a fav of my hubbys and pear upsidedown cake.

  28. 28

    Sandra Ruper — October 31, 2012 @ 9:45 AM

    Also follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David

  29. 29

    Kelsey — October 31, 2012 @ 9:46 AM

    I love using pears in salads. Delish!

  30. 30

    Lisa Thomas — October 31, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    I prefer pears just straight out of hand. Can’t beat H &D fruit, it’s always so good!

  31. 31

    Sandra Ruper — October 31, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    I will make their Country Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving.

  32. 32

    Lisa Thomas — October 31, 2012 @ 9:48 AM

    I love the Seasonal Fruit Favorites from H & D. Top quality always and oh so yummy!

  33. 33

    Meredith — October 31, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

    I love to just eat pears plain! I also love them in salads :)

  34. 34

    Kate W. — October 31, 2012 @ 9:52 AM

    eat ‘em! :)

  35. 35

    Kate W. — October 31, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    the chocolate decadence cake looks Amazing!

  36. 36

    Jackie @ The Beeroness — October 31, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    I have a serious Girl Crush on Elizabeth Faulkner. I may have to just stand outside Citizen Cake someday wearing an I Heart E.F. Sandwich board.
    So, of course, that means I HAVE to make this recipe :)

  37. 37

    Kate W. — October 31, 2012 @ 9:56 AM

    i follow you both on twitter

  38. 38

    Veronica — October 31, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

    I like them poached with red wine.

  39. 39

    Veronica — October 31, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    I’m already following Recipegirl on FB and am now also following H&D as well.

  40. 40

    Veronica — October 31, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    I was already following Recipegirl on Twitter and I”m now also following H&D as well.

  41. 41

    Veronica — October 31, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

    I visited the H & D site and now I’m starving. lol
    Their section of savory pot pies were very inspiring, especially the lobster one. I had never thought of that being a good savory pie. Hmm, I am now inspired to try some savory pot pies this weekend in my kitchen (go Fall weather!).

    But the one thing that attracted me the most was their fruit and cheese of the month…I think that would be a really great way to discover cheese and fruit pairings and learn something new while enjoying some delicious treats.

  42. 42

    Kathy — October 31, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

    I love to eat pears sliced on baby lettuce with shaved Parmesan, walnuts and dried cranberrys with raspberry viniagrette!

  43. 43

    Elena — October 31, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

    I use pears in my go to salad, along with goat cheese and toasted walnuts

  44. 44

    Elena — October 31, 2012 @ 10:19 AM

    I’d love to try the Moose Munch popcorn from Harry & David

  45. 45

    Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} — October 31, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    I made a bummer of a pork chop dish a few weeks ago so I would definitely try this recipe!

  46. 46

    Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} — October 31, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

    I LOVE H&D’s pepper relish…with cream cheese and crackers…so good!

  47. 47

    Emma — October 31, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

    I love to bake pears with some cinnamon and honey in the oven. Simple, delicious, and healthy :)

  48. 48

    Amy B. — October 31, 2012 @ 10:31 AM

    I generally eat them over the sink because they are so juicy it will run down your chin no matter how much noisy slurping you do. I’ve thought about putting them in recipes before, but can’t bear the thought of doing anything but eating them in their plain sweet juicy goodness.

  49. 49

    Kel — October 31, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

    Put them in quick breads.

  50. 50

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 31, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

    What do you like to do with pears = I blend them up into smoothies

  51. 51

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 31, 2012 @ 10:34 AM

    I love their hot pepper jelly or any of their jams or chutneys or jellies!

  52. 52

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 31, 2012 @ 10:36 AM

    I follow you both on FB

  53. 53

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    I love pears, eating them plain, baked, poaches, and one of my faves, in a pear crisp.

  54. 54

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

    I’ve gone to the HD website and have always wanted to have one of their pear gift boxes. Everything always looks so amazing!

  55. 55

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

    I now follow you both on Facebook.

  56. 56

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

    I already follow you on Twitter, but now I follow HD too. :-) Fingers crossed for this giveaway!!!!

  57. 57

    Nicole — October 31, 2012 @ 10:47 AM

    and PS, this dish looks absolutely delicious!

  58. 58

    Shanna — October 31, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

    I love to make a pear and cranberry crisp! Yum!

  59. 59

    ShelleyBakes — October 31, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

    I just like to eat them.

  60. 60

    Stacy — October 31, 2012 @ 10:56 AM

    I actually just like to eat pears plain.

  61. 61

    Stacy — October 31, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

    I went to the HD website and I would love, love, love to try the Chocolate Decadence Cake!

  62. 62

    Sherry — October 31, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

    I love to eat pears with blue cheese and walnuts, Yum!

  63. 63

    Shanna — October 31, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

    I would love to try the Fruit and Berry Bread. I love any kind of bread like that and this one looks amazing!

  64. 64

    Shanna — October 31, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

    I love to make a pear and cranberry crisp!

  65. 65

    Kari — October 31, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

    I like to just eat the slices plain!

  66. 66

    Hannah — October 31, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

    I love to make Pear Tart!

  67. 67

    Lisa — October 31, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

    I just love to eat pears like I’m eating an apple. Yummy!

  68. 68

    Hannah — October 31, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

    I liked both Harry and David and Recipegirl on Facebook!

  69. 69

    Lisa — October 31, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

    Tower of Chocolate! Hello!!

  70. 70

    Lisa — October 31, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

    I follow RecipeGirl on FB.

  71. 71

    wendy — October 31, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

    I love to just eat a plain pear all on its own-have also added fresh chopped pears to my oatmeal!

  72. 72

    wendy — October 31, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

    I eat plain pears-love them! Have also put them on my oatmeal for breakfast with a little cinnamon!

  73. 73

    Rebecca — October 31, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

    They’re one of my favorite fruits so I always just eat them plain. Yum!

  74. 74

    Lisa Tberry — October 31, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

    I like pears in a salad of mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese and candied pecans (traders Joes) with a vinagrette dressing.

  75. 75

    Arwem — October 31, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

    I am a huge fan of pears. I am looking for the perfect minted pear recipe for a friend. I would eat these with cheese and a nice glass of Fiesta’s Skinny Dippin’ (a local winery’s yummy white with a pear finish.) And I might not share!

  76. 76

    MassachusEATS — October 31, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

    It might be “boring” but I like making pear sauce!

  77. 77

    Heather @ Heather's Dish — October 31, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

    i love pears just by themselves, but a veeeeeeeeeerry close second is with crackers and brie or blue cheese. heaven!

  78. 78

    Tina — October 31, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

    I’ve never been very creative with cooking with pears, we just like to eat them!

  79. 79

    Libbie Nienstedt — October 31, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

    I love to slice them, toss a little crumbled blue cheese on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Makes a perfect dinner with a glass of wine!

  80. 80

    Arwen — October 31, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

    I’d love to have that Pepper and Onion Relish basket. MMM!

  81. 81

    Dina L — October 31, 2012 @ 11:56 AM

    I love to eat them as part of a fruit/cheese plate

  82. 82

    Dina L — October 31, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

    I would love to try the fruit of the month club… in spite of how badly the joked about it on Everyone one loves Raymond show.
    it would be magic to get new kinds of fruit every month!

  83. 83

    April — October 31, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

    Besides just eating them plain, I don’t have too many ideas, maybe make a dessert of some sort?
    I have never cooked with pears or eaten them any other way but plain so I don’t know where to start (besides this awesome looking pork chop recipe!)

  84. 84

    April — October 31, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

    I love Harry & Davids, my mom has been getting gifts for people there for years and I LOVE their their Apple BBQ sauce (which I cant find online) that I tried this summer- heaven :) I would probably try one of their relishes…yum!

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    grace — October 31, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

    i love a pear crisp. a la mode, if you please. :)

  86. 86

    grace — October 31, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

    h&d’s peach and berry pie looks amazing!

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    Jenna H. — October 31, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

    Harry and David pears are fabulous just to eat out of hand – YUM! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Hope @ With A Side Of Hope — October 31, 2012 @ 12:15 PM

    I love to eat pears just by themselves but I would like to bake with them.

  89. 89

    Hope @ With A Side Of Hope — October 31, 2012 @ 12:16 PM

    I’d like to try moose munch! :)

  90. 90

    Hope @ With A Side Of Hope — October 31, 2012 @ 12:16 PM

    I follow you and Harry & David on Twitter!

  91. 91

    Ceri Y — October 31, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

    I love pears in my overnight oats!

  92. 92

    Ceri Y — October 31, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

    I’d love to try Harry & David’s Lobster Pot Pie…m’mm meets m’mm!

  93. 93

    Terri — October 31, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

    I love to make pear crisp!

  94. 94

    Claudia — October 31, 2012 @ 1:00 PM

    I like to eat my pears plain. Although I’ve seen them on salads and wouldn’t mind trying them on a salad.

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    Saffron Sister — October 31, 2012 @ 1:00 PM

    The pears look amazing. I wonder if this would taste just as good using lamb…

  96. 96

    Claudia — October 31, 2012 @ 1:00 PM

    I like both on FB.

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    Claudia — October 31, 2012 @ 1:01 PM

    Follow both on Twitter

  98. 98

    gail — October 31, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

    i like to eat them just plain

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    gail — October 31, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

    liked both on fb

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    gail — October 31, 2012 @ 1:26 PM

    would like to try their pumpkin cheesecake

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    Kristin — October 31, 2012 @ 1:36 PM

    I just eat them by themselves

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    Alysha @Shesontherun — October 31, 2012 @ 1:57 PM

    I love eating them in a spinach salad with blue cheese.

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    Alysha @Shesontherun — October 31, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

    I’d love to try Harry and David’s pumpkin cheesecake. YUM!

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    Alysha @Shesontherun — October 31, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

    I love to try Harry and David’s pumpkin cheesecake.

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    Kat — October 31, 2012 @ 2:01 PM

    I enjoy putting sliced pears on my grilled cheese sandwiches :)

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    Kat — October 31, 2012 @ 2:02 PM

    I like both you and H&D on FB!

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    Kat — October 31, 2012 @ 2:03 PM

    I would love to try Harry and David’s Moose Munch popcorn – it looks delicious!

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    Alicia Keen — October 31, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

    i like to bake them with cinnamon and serve with vanilla ice cream

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    Alicia Keen — October 31, 2012 @ 2:35 PM

    the cold smoked steelhead salmon yum!

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    Alicia Keen — October 31, 2012 @ 2:38 PM

    i like you both on FB

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    Alicia Keen — October 31, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

    i follow you both on twitter @pixystik4u

  112. 112

    Madeline — October 31, 2012 @ 3:16 PM

    I like to eat them as is when they’re perfect and ripe. I also like to chop them up into my cereal or oatmeal!

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    Madeline — October 31, 2012 @ 3:17 PM

    I went to their site and would really like to try their Moose Munch gifts!!

  114. 114

    Madeline — October 31, 2012 @ 3:18 PM

    I like both of you on FB!

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    Madeline — October 31, 2012 @ 3:18 PM

    And I’m following both of you on Twitter too :)

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    April was in CT now CA — October 31, 2012 @ 3:22 PM

    I made a spiced pear cake not long ago and it was so good!

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    April was in CT now CA — October 31, 2012 @ 3:22 PM

    I would love to get a box of the Royal Riviera pears. I was able to try one several years ago when a friend received a box for Christmas and it was the best pear I’ve ever eaten!

  118. 118

    Bianca — October 31, 2012 @ 3:25 PM

    I tried your recipe for pear pie, and loved it!

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    Bianca — October 31, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

    I would love to try their lobster pot pie.

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    ATLKristen — October 31, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

    I love mixing pears with apples to make cobbler.

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    Sharon — October 31, 2012 @ 3:30 PM

    I love slicing pears and serving with Beecher’s Flagship cheese from Seattle – yum!

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    Sharon — October 31, 2012 @ 3:33 PM

    And I’ll bet Harry and David’s pumpkin cheesecake is AMAZING! That’s what I’d try.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 31, 2012 @ 3:40 PM

    Wow, this really does look like an amazing meal! And thanks for the awesome giveaway! I absolutely love to make pie from pears – it’s to die for!

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    Amy Tong — October 31, 2012 @ 4:15 PM

    I love sweet and juicy pears! I would simply eat them as is….okay, I’ll share them with my kids. :P

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amy Tong — October 31, 2012 @ 4:17 PM

    I would love to try their Royal Rivera Pears and their Olive Oil Crackers! yum!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amy Tong — October 31, 2012 @ 4:17 PM

    Following RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Facebook

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amy Tong — October 31, 2012 @ 4:18 PM

    Following RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Twitter

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    Jennifer — October 31, 2012 @ 4:50 PM

    I love to eat pears plain.

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    Carol Harrison — October 31, 2012 @ 4:53 PM

    Hi – do you mean cook them in the oven for 45 minutes – not 4 to 5 min.?

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 31st, 2012 @ 5:09 PM

      no- only 4 or 5 minutes. Searing them 5 minutes on each side gives them a good start, and 5 minutes in the oven finishes them off!

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    Kristin — October 31, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

    I love to eat them plain, especially if they are Harry and David pears!

  131. 131

    Cindy Mathis — October 31, 2012 @ 5:09 PM

    Love pears sliced on a field of greens salad, feta cheese, sprinkling of walnuts and topped with light balsamic dressing!

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    sara — October 31, 2012 @ 5:17 PM

    Mmm, I love Harry & David. Something I like to do with pears is this great pear-dark chocolate chip loaf pan cake…so delicious!

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    sara — October 31, 2012 @ 5:19 PM

    I’d love to try the organic navel oranges from their site!

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    sara — October 31, 2012 @ 5:19 PM

    i followed both sites on fb.

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    Susie — October 31, 2012 @ 5:40 PM

    Love pears, berries, goat cheese, and candied almonds in an arugula salad!

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    Susie — October 31, 2012 @ 5:43 PM

    I like pears in an arugula salad with berries, goat cheese and candied almonds

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    Amy — October 31, 2012 @ 5:57 PM

    I LOVE them just the way they are…so sweet and juicy! YUM!

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    Rachael Peng — October 31, 2012 @ 6:51 PM

    I love slicing them and sprinkling with some honey and lemon juice. Go team Pear!

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    Kristin — October 31, 2012 @ 6:56 PM

    I love pears in salads with blue cheese and pecans. Or a galette. Or plain.

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    Kristin — October 31, 2012 @ 6:56 PM

    I love everything on H&D’s website. I love to do my Christmas shopping there because everyone loves some moose munch!

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    June g. — October 31, 2012 @ 6:58 PM

    It may be weird but I like them in cottage cheese;)

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    Kris M — October 31, 2012 @ 7:27 PM

    I just like eating pears plain!

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    Betty — October 31, 2012 @ 7:32 PM

    I always try to make delicious pear butter from the pears we pick from our tree. They are totally organic and delicious. We usually have an abundant crop so eating plain, cooking with them & making pear butter for home & gifts is how we enjoy pears.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — October 31, 2012 @ 7:52 PM

    I love them plain! :-)

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    Melissa — October 31, 2012 @ 7:56 PM

    I eat them in their pure, raw form!

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    Melissa — October 31, 2012 @ 7:57 PM

    I would love to try one of their Riviera pears!

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    Melissa — October 31, 2012 @ 7:58 PM

    I follow both you and Harry & David on Twitter!

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — October 31, 2012 @ 8:33 PM

    I like to make a pear tart or add them to a salad!

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    gail miller — October 31, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

    I clean out the middle of the halved pears and put butter, brownsugar and stick them into the microwave with cover forabout 2-3 min until the pear is just alittle cooked, yummy. easy and good. also sprinkle cinnammon on them

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    Jessica — October 31, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

    Girl. Those pork chops look divine! I love all the color!

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    Sarah L — October 31, 2012 @ 9:14 PM

    This recipe looks delicious! I love pears on salad.

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    Sarah L — October 31, 2012 @ 9:15 PM

    I’d like to try the Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Trio.

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    Sarah L — October 31, 2012 @ 9:18 PM

    I would love to try the Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon Trio.

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    sarapete — October 31, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

    eat them! Or put in them in a salad with fresh greens, candied walnuts and blue cheese.

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    sarapete — October 31, 2012 @ 9:51 PM

    follow you both on twitter @saramama

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    sarapete — October 31, 2012 @ 9:51 PM

    I like the Roxy Ann gift basket deluxe.

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    Kristen — October 31, 2012 @ 10:05 PM

    Just plain is the way to go or me

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    Gail Weitzel — November 1, 2012 @ 12:08 AM

    I love to eat pears with cheddar cheese…so delicious!

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    Aimee — November 1, 2012 @ 12:26 AM

    This time of year I love to make a big tray of roasted butternut squash and pears seasoned with cinnamon.

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    Dani H — November 1, 2012 @ 12:26 AM

    i love pears just sliced with a really good cheddar or bleu cheese.

    thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

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    Dani H — November 1, 2012 @ 12:29 AM

    i would love to try the Harry & David signature chocolate truffles!

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    Aimee — November 1, 2012 @ 12:29 AM

    I am following you and Harry and David on Twitter.

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    Dani H — November 1, 2012 @ 12:31 AM

    i would love to try the Harry & David signature chocolate truffles! {this may be a duplicate ~ my first try didn’t show up.}

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    Aimee — November 1, 2012 @ 2:03 AM

    I love browsing the Harry and David site and everything looks delicious. However, I would be happy with a box pears. There is just something special about their pears.

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    Maureen — November 1, 2012 @ 2:21 AM

    I have never cooked with pears but we do like to eat them.

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    Maureen — November 1, 2012 @ 2:22 AM

    Like both sites on facebook – maureen carol

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    Maureen — November 1, 2012 @ 2:24 AM

    following both sites on twitter – @MaureenCE

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    Maureen — November 1, 2012 @ 2:25 AM

    I like Mistletoe Christmas Gift Basket

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    Maria — November 1, 2012 @ 2:53 AM

    This recipe looks great. I have yet to cook a savory dish with pears, so I would love to try this one. The combination looks delicious.

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    Maria — November 1, 2012 @ 2:56 AM

    The carmel chocolate dipped pears look decedent on the website! Yummy..

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    barbara n — November 1, 2012 @ 3:06 AM

    I love ripe pears just sliced and eaten

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    barbara n — November 1, 2012 @ 3:08 AM

    I’d love to try the Lobster Pot Pie – it looks yummy

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    Dawn F — November 1, 2012 @ 3:18 AM

    Although I receive your delish emails…I am now a Facebook fan for recipe girl as well as Harry & David! I’ve heard of Harry & David before & wow! They offer some amazing products!

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    Dawn F — November 1, 2012 @ 3:20 AM

    Mmm! One of my favorites things to make with pears is to make a white sangria during the summer! I prepare it a few hours ahead of serving and the pear taste really comes out!

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    Dawn F — November 1, 2012 @ 3:25 AM

    Hmm….what would you not want to try from Harry & David’s?
    Just to list a few I would like to try…hint, hint to the hubby if he’s looking.
    Three Layer Red Velvet Cake
    Chocolate Birthday Cake – I’m a freak for chocolate!
    Petit Fours
    Pumpkin Cheesecake
    All their grilling items
    Monthly Cheeses to sample with my wine
    Monthly Fruit – love all things fruit!

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    Gail H. — November 1, 2012 @ 3:26 AM

    Got my first shipment of Royal’s for this year yesterday! Can’t wait to try this one!! I can’t buy pears at the grocery store anymore :)

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 1, 2012 @ 4:54 AM

    Beautiful! I love the idea of pork paired with pears! :)

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    Ilene — November 1, 2012 @ 4:59 AM

    I like to eat them fresh.

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    Patty Jensen — November 1, 2012 @ 5:02 AM

    I like to use them in place of apples for a caramel treat. Caramel Pears. For me, this is the start of the “Thanksgiving Month”.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 1, 2012 @ 5:03 AM

    Your Pan seared pork chops look delicious!! I love pears and I love to roast them and drizzle maple syrup or honey on them! Yummy!

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    Patty Jensen — November 1, 2012 @ 5:05 AM

    The Lobster Pot Pie Duo looks amazing. I would love to have those in my refrigerator.

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — November 1, 2012 @ 5:07 AM

    I love dicing up pears, seasoning with cinnamon and allspice and stirring them into my morning oatmeal

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    Melissa B — November 1, 2012 @ 5:15 AM

    I like to poach pears in port, slice and butterfly them over greens, sprinkle with blue cheese and candied pecans!

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    Denise Wilson — November 1, 2012 @ 5:43 AM

    Eat them just the way they are! There’s nothing better than a ripe pear!

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    Denise Wilson — November 1, 2012 @ 5:43 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try their Moose Munch

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    Denise Wilson — November 1, 2012 @ 5:45 AM

    I like Harry and David and Recipe Girl on facebook

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    Jacqui — November 1, 2012 @ 5:46 AM

    I like to eat pears just plain and fresh as they are! Delicious!

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    Jacqui — November 1, 2012 @ 5:46 AM

    I would like to try their signature chocolate truffles… they look delicious!

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    Jacqui — November 1, 2012 @ 5:47 AM

    I follow both Recipe Girl & Harry and David on Facebook

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    Jacqui — November 1, 2012 @ 5:47 AM

    I follow both RecipeGirl & Harry and David on Twitter as well

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    Kelly — November 1, 2012 @ 6:02 AM

    I love eating them raw, and also making pear vanilla jam.

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    Joan Cable — November 1, 2012 @ 6:10 AM

    I love the pears just right out of the box!

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    KaySue — November 1, 2012 @ 6:39 AM

    I like to eat them plain.

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    Sandra — November 1, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    I adore pears, and in addition to loving them fresh, I like them poached in wine with spices and served with rich vanilla ice cream.

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    KaySue — November 1, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    I’d like to try the Chocolate Caramel Dipped Apples.

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    Valerie — November 1, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    Pears are perfect for autumn baking. I love using them in pies and cakes!

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    Valerie — November 1, 2012 @ 7:14 AM

    If I don’t slice them on the spot & eat them, then I love to bake them in a cheddar-pear pie. It’s so delicious!

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    Sarah G — November 1, 2012 @ 7:19 AM

    I like to eat pears with a nice cheese and cracker tray and also in tarts and pies.

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    Darla Dunn — November 1, 2012 @ 7:19 AM

    I love to chop them up on a spinach salad.

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    Darla Dunn — November 1, 2012 @ 7:20 AM

    I’d love to try their chicken pot pie.

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    Sarah G — November 1, 2012 @ 7:21 AM

    I would love to try their Lobster Pot Pie, and, the Hearthside Gift Basket Grand Classic looks awesome!

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    elizabeth — November 1, 2012 @ 7:24 AM

    I love to make a pear and blue cheese tart!

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    elizabeth — November 1, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

    I would love to try Harry and David’s chicken pot pie for Thanksgiving!

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    Kristin — November 1, 2012 @ 7:29 AM

    I love pears in salads. So delicious!

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    Susan H. — November 1, 2012 @ 7:35 AM

    Like to eat them raw with blue cheese; slice them in salads; and serve them in crisps and crumbles!

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    libby — November 1, 2012 @ 7:35 AM

    I like to make pear preserves, pies and cakes

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    Karen — November 1, 2012 @ 7:37 AM

    I like to eat them out of hand or simmer them in red wine and stuff them with Mascarpone cheese; reduce the wine until it is a syrup and drizzle over the stuffed pears. Elegant and easy!

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    Lindsay — November 1, 2012 @ 7:41 AM

    I love pears and brie!

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    Lindsay — November 1, 2012 @ 7:42 AM

    I would love to try the Harry and David spiral cut ham. I bet it is amazing!

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    Carol — November 1, 2012 @ 7:55 AM

    I love to eat pears with a good blue cheese and some toasted walnuts. YUM!

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    Becky — November 1, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    I love pears with blue cheese and pecans in a mixed green salad!

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    Kristin — November 1, 2012 @ 7:59 AM

    I would love to try the cheesecake party wheel!

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    Becky — November 1, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

    The rock ham and turkey along with their conserves would make nice addition to a holiday table!

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    Carol — November 1, 2012 @ 8:02 AM

    I just visited the Harry and David site. Wow — there are a lot of things I want to try! I really think the Artichoke Lemon Pesto sounds amazing. That would be my first choice and the second would be the spiral sliced ham.

    No I want to eat my lunch and it is only 10:00. :)

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    Becky — November 1, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    I am following on FB!
    FYI mostarda is a fruit conserve that mixes the intense spice of mustard with the sweet flavors of candied fruit. Mustard and fruit are the essence of this popular Italian condiment.

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 1st, 2012 @ 8:27 AM

      Thanks!

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    Becky — November 1, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

    The ham or turkey with their conserves would be amazing I’m sure!

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    Diane in Cincinnati — November 1, 2012 @ 8:19 AM

    I like my pears “straight up!”

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    Diane in Cincinnati — November 1, 2012 @ 8:20 AM

    Pepper and Onion Cheesy biscuits – yum!

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    Andrea W. — November 1, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

    I would have to eat them just as they are!

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    Rachel — November 1, 2012 @ 8:31 AM

    I love eating fresh pears!

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    Rachel — November 1, 2012 @ 8:33 AM

    I’d love to try some Harry & David petit fours!

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    Rachel — November 1, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

    I follow both on facebook.

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    Rachel — November 1, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

    I follow both on twitter.

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    Bunny — November 1, 2012 @ 8:39 AM

    Love pears in a salad and adore pear preserves on hot toast.

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    sheila miller — November 1, 2012 @ 8:41 AM

    I;ve been making pear preserves: lemon pear, honey pear, cinnamon pear and honey-pear bread! But nothing beats peeling the perfect pear and eating it bite by bite with nothing else!

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    Ashley — November 1, 2012 @ 8:41 AM

    I love searing pears on the stove and putting them over pancakes with maple syrup! YUM!

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    Ashley — November 1, 2012 @ 8:43 AM

    I would like to try Harry and David’s relishes! They look good.

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    Jodi H. — November 1, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    Eat them! Seriously, I really haven’t cooked much with them, but they are good to put in jellos and fuit salads.

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    Ashley — November 1, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    I like recipe girl and harry & david on facebook

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    Cindy — November 1, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    I would love to try and make a pear pie!

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    Louise Orlosky — November 1, 2012 @ 8:45 AM

    I like to make pear/apple sauce or pear jam

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    Randy Taylor — November 1, 2012 @ 8:45 AM

    I love apples, but pears make a great substitute. Great in salads, or poached for dessert!

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    sheila miller — November 1, 2012 @ 8:46 AM

    Drooled over the website and found a Honey and Peach pie that sounds most delicious! My mom used to receive a H&D gift box each year from her elderly neighbor’s son, thanking her for watching out for them. Always a much-anticipated gift!

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    Torri Bertarelli — November 1, 2012 @ 8:47 AM

    Love Harry and David pears ……… NOTHING like them. Pear tarts are delicious. But nothing like just eating them. Soooo juicy and sweet.

    Thanks for the chance.
    Torri

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    Lisa Ruggiero — November 1, 2012 @ 8:47 AM

    I love sharing pears with my grand children. They love them…

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    sheila miller — November 1, 2012 @ 8:48 AM

    Following both on FB now!!!

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    Megan — November 1, 2012 @ 8:52 AM

    I love pears but they never stick around the house too long because my son grabs them before I get a chance to do much with them. I love to make pear tarts!

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    Lindsey — November 1, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    I love to eat the Royal Rivieras all on their own, but I also like to use pears in salads or as a “cracker” with cheese!

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    Torri Bertarelli — November 1, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    My daughters 14th birthday is at the end of November…….She is a “Little Foodie Diva”. She love sweet and savory. I would love to try to give her the…..TOWER OF TREATS GIFT GRAND BASKET. She would just fall to the floor. I <3 her little Italian self.

    TY
    Torri

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    Megan S. — November 1, 2012 @ 8:54 AM

    I’d love to try any of their sweets! Especially the Moose Munch variety and the chocolate dipped fruits

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    Shannon A — November 1, 2012 @ 8:55 AM

    I like to can pears. I put a round slice of orange at the bottom of the jar, fill the jar with chopped pears and then put another round slice of orange at the top of the jar. Very tasty!!

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    Paulette — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    I mostly just cut them up and eat them

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    Pam C — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    Pears are great in salads, but the best pear dish I’ve ever tasted is flatbread pizza with thinly sliced pears, gorgonzola, and balsamic vinegar. Unbelievable!

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    Johnna — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    Pear salad with walnuts and brie cheese!

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    Lindsey — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    I would love to try their Hot and Smoky Pepper and Onion Relish…maybe atop a burger :)

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    Pam C — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    I’d love to try the Pepper and Onion Cheesy biscuits.

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    Lindsey — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    I am now following both on Twitter.

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    Paulette — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    I follow Recipe Girl on Facebook

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    Torri Bertarelli — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    Have followed recipe girl on FB for sometime……But thanks for the reminder about Harry and David. I had a friend who used to send us pears for christmas, we enjoyed them so much. My 12 and 13 year old will actually eat fruit without being asked.
    TY
    Torri

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    Laura in Texas — November 1, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

    Love pears and cheese!

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    Kenzie — November 1, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    I like to make Pear Salsa! http://stronglikemycoffee.com/?s=pear+salsa
    And Smoothies :)

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    Paulette — November 1, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    I follow Recipe Girl on Twitter

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    Johnna — November 1, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    Would love to try their holiday cookie basket!

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    Torri Bertarelli — November 1, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    Now following Harry and David….Thanks for the reminder!
    Torri

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    Johnna — November 1, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    I follow you and Harry & David on Twitter!

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    Laura in Texas — November 1, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    I would like to try H&D’s pears medley basket so I could try out new flavors.

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    Kendra — November 1, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    I love to eat pears in their natural state or baked. But this pork chop recipe sounds delicious and I’d love to try it!

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    sheila miller — November 1, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    Now ready to enjoy! Facebook friends and hoping for the Birthday Club prize too for my grandson. Thanks for the info!

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    Johnna — November 1, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    I like you and Harry & David on Facebook!

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    Kenzie — November 1, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    I would love to try to Harry & David Bailey Creek Gift Tower – so many goodies!

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    Rebecca K — November 1, 2012 @ 9:02 AM

    I love to add pears to the roasted veggies around a pork roast.

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    susitravl — November 1, 2012 @ 9:03 AM

    I love pears on salad, especially paired with blue cheese and pecans.

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    susitravl — November 1, 2012 @ 9:03 AM

    Follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Facebook

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    susitravl — November 1, 2012 @ 9:04 AM

    Follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Twitter

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    Nancy Cirillo — November 1, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

    I love to put pears in our salad with Arugala!!

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    Anne — November 1, 2012 @ 9:24 AM

    Last year, I made the fabulous Ginger-Pear Crisp recipe from Maida Heatter’s New Book of Great Desserts. Wow! Can’t wait to get some good pears to make it again.

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    MaryB — November 1, 2012 @ 9:24 AM

    Best of all is eating them out of hand but I also love to bake with them. This recipe looks wonderful! I am going to try it.

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    Susan P — November 1, 2012 @ 9:24 AM

    I LOVE to make and eat Pear Bread. As a breakfast treat or a dessert, it is moist and tasty!

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    MaryB — November 1, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    Harry and David pears are my favorite so the two boxes of Royal Riviera pears looks awesome to me but how about that fruit of the month club? That would be delicious!

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    Anne — November 1, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    As for what I’d like to try from Harry and David’s website, I have to say that if money was not an issue, I’d definitely subscribe to their Fruit-Of-The-Month program. Swoon….

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    MaryB — November 1, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

    I like RecipeGirl and Harry and David on Facebook.

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    Anne — November 1, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

    I like Recipe Girl and Harry & David on Facebook

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    Anne — November 1, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

    I follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Twitter

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    Kimberly H — November 1, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    I love making dutch pear pie!

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    Tana — November 1, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    I just like to slice them and eat them! Or put them into jello. :)

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    Donja Erdman — November 1, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

    I like to make a pear, spinach, Gorgonzola salad with good pears from Harry & David.

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    tcmary — November 1, 2012 @ 9:51 AM

    Love pears, just to eat them as they are, unadorned. Really love them in my apple and cranberry pie.

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    Rachel G — November 1, 2012 @ 9:53 AM

    I like to use pears in smoothies and on salads, or even just by themselves!

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    Lori C — November 1, 2012 @ 9:53 AM

    I love just eating a juicy delicous pear. They never make it into a recipe!

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    Rachel G — November 1, 2012 @ 9:53 AM

    I like both Recipe Girl and Harry&David on Facebook

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    Rachel G — November 1, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    I’d like to try the Founders’ Favorites Gift Box from Harry & Davids

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    mona mason — November 1, 2012 @ 9:57 AM

    I like them sliced with some cheese.

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    Elin — November 1, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    Pears are my favorite fruit. My favorite way to enjoy them are on their own or with some smoked cheese.

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    Tabathia B — November 1, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

    I have baked them in the oven before and added them to pork chops

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Geri Brown — November 1, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    I like dipping them in caramel, when hardened then chocolate then nuts.

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    Geri Brown — November 1, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    All my Christmas Presents last year were sent from Harry and David, I want to try the Fruit of the Month Club, and love love love their Moose Munch!

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    Vicky — November 1, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

    I love them in a salad!

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    Maria — November 1, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

    Warm and bubbly pear cobbler! yummmm

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    Maria — November 1, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

    Off their site….have heard wonderful things about their Moose Munch!

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    Bethany — November 1, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    I love just biting into a cold pear – it’s the best!! But I also have a favorite pear cake i make in a cast iron skillet – I got the recipe from the novel “Eat Cake”.

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    Lynna — November 1, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

    I would love to make a pear tart!

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    Barbara — November 1, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

    I love them sliced with crackers and cheese – the perfect appetizer or snack.

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    Sherry D. — November 1, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

    I love to eat them cut into little chunks, with dried cranberries, and small slices of Jack Cheese, all in an Arugula Salad.

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    Sherry D. — November 1, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

    I like Recipe Girl and Harry & David on Facebook!

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    Sherry D. — November 1, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

    I would like to try the caramel Moose Munch!

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    Michelle V — November 1, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

    I like to make paer clafouti – so that’s what I’d make with the pears. From Harry and David – chocolate truffles please ;-)

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    Nancy — November 1, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

    In an Autumn Salad, with spinach and blue cheese!

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    Karen Lynch — November 1, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

    I like to eat pear slices on a sandwich with turkey and Colby cheese.

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    Marissa Kubinski — November 1, 2012 @ 12:50 PM

    I like to eat pears as a snack by themselves and also use them in cakes. I recently made a spiced pear cake and it was delicious!

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    Karen Lynch — November 1, 2012 @ 12:53 PM

    The Cheesecake Party Wheel would be wondeful for a family gathering.

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    Karen Lynch — November 1, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

    I follow Recipe Girl and Harry and David on Twitter.

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    Karen Lynch — November 1, 2012 @ 12:55 PM

    I like Recipe Girl and Harry and David on FB.

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    Sarah — November 1, 2012 @ 1:14 PM

    I like to make pear martinis or put pears in salad.

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    Sarah — November 1, 2012 @ 1:14 PM

    I liked Recipe Girl and Harry and David on Facebook.

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    Sarah — November 1, 2012 @ 1:15 PM

    I definitely want to try the Moose Munch.

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    jessica w — November 1, 2012 @ 1:39 PM

    I love baked pears as a dessert with ice cream!

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    Barb — November 1, 2012 @ 1:41 PM

    I love to eat fresh pears!

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    jessica w — November 1, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

    I would love to try their chocolate truffles!

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    jessica w — November 1, 2012 @ 1:43 PM

    I Follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Facebook

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    jessica w — November 1, 2012 @ 1:43 PM

    I Follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Twitter

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    Gretchen — November 1, 2012 @ 1:49 PM

    I love a ginger pear pie.

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    Gretchen — November 1, 2012 @ 1:50 PM

    I liked recipe girl and harry & david on facebook.

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    Dorothea — November 1, 2012 @ 2:04 PM

    Every Christmas I like to make a Pear Strudel that rivals any Apple Strudel!

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    Dorothea — November 1, 2012 @ 2:10 PM

    I’d love to try their new Chocolate-Caramel Dipped Pears!

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    Susan — November 1, 2012 @ 2:48 PM

    I just like to eat them as they are!

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    Susan — November 1, 2012 @ 2:50 PM

    I follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Facebook.

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    Susan — November 1, 2012 @ 2:52 PM

    I follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David on Twitter

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    Just Simone — November 1, 2012 @ 2:54 PM

    I love eating pears plain! A fresh, juicy pear is the best way to have it, but those pork chops and pears are definitely something I want to try!

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    Just Simone — November 1, 2012 @ 2:55 PM

    I follow you both on Twitter (justsimonemc).

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    Susan — November 1, 2012 @ 2:56 PM

    I follow you both on Facebook.

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    Jen K. — November 1, 2012 @ 2:58 PM

    I love adding them to salad with gorgonzola and dried cranberries

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    Just Simone — November 1, 2012 @ 3:02 PM

    Quite honestly, I can’t decide just one thing I’d like to try! Chocolate dipped pears or chocolate covered grapes! Lobster pot pie! All the gift baskets!

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    Lisa — November 1, 2012 @ 3:50 PM

    I love to roast pears and serve them sliced over ice cream! Or just eat them plain.. am a pear fanatic. :)

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    leslie — November 1, 2012 @ 4:08 PM

    I slice and grill them and add to a green salad.

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    Sadie — November 1, 2012 @ 4:14 PM

    I usually use pears to feed my baby, but I’d like to start baking with them. A pie or a tart maybe.

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    allie h — November 1, 2012 @ 4:23 PM

    i love to eat pears as a delicious and healthy snack

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    allie h — November 1, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

    i want to get the royal riviera pears. they are so delicious!

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    allie h — November 1, 2012 @ 4:27 PM

    I follow both of you on facebook

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    allie h — November 1, 2012 @ 4:27 PM

    i follow you both on twitter

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    Ilona T — November 1, 2012 @ 4:54 PM

    I usually just eat them!

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    Ilona T — November 1, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

    I’d love to try thr sea salt caramels

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    Sylvia — November 1, 2012 @ 5:11 PM

    I love raw pears, with the skin on!

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    Patricia Meadows — November 1, 2012 @ 6:16 PM

    I love raw pears ,also in fruit salad.

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    Patricia Meadows — November 1, 2012 @ 6:22 PM

    Liked Harry&David on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Patricia Meadows — November 1, 2012 @ 6:23 PM

    Follow Recipe Girl on Twitter and Liked on Facebook.

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    Meryl — November 1, 2012 @ 6:34 PM

    I like to eat them plain!

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    Louis — November 1, 2012 @ 6:35 PM

    I like them in the raw – especially Bosc pears.

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    Beverly — November 1, 2012 @ 6:35 PM

    I love to put pears in the crockpot, sliced in half & scooped. I bake them on low like a baked apple and serve over ice cream for dessert. Easy & delish!

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    Corisa — November 1, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

    pears are great alone but i love them with bleu cheese !

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    susan — November 1, 2012 @ 7:38 PM

    I love to add to salads along with slices of fennel,beets and roasted pecans!

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    Kelly Guerin — November 1, 2012 @ 7:38 PM

    I like to eat pears all by themselves. They are so unique and tasty and I think best when eaten alone :)

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    Kelly Guerin — November 1, 2012 @ 7:41 PM

    The Table Rock Turkey Buffet basket looks amazing!

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    Brooke — November 1, 2012 @ 7:41 PM

    MMMmmm! Pears! I love to eat them unadorned!

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    Kelly Guerin — November 1, 2012 @ 7:42 PM

    I like Recipe Girl on FB.

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    Cathy Smith — November 1, 2012 @ 8:01 PM

    Well I went to Harry and David’s website and I would be tickled pea green to get anything from them. However, I would adore getting any of their flowers or wreaths which are absolutely amazing and beautiful.

    That signature cheesecake looks ‘licious. I would love to try out those signature relishes too cause my family loves relishes of all kinds from pickles, to chow chows to salsas.

    I followed ya’ll on both facebook and twitter. But I went one better and followed ya on Pinterest too.

    As for what do I like to do with pears, well oh my goodness… I like to take peeled, sliced pears and fry them with brown sugar in butter. Then add a sprinkling of cinnamon and a small sprinkle of nutmeg and cloves. Then add a bit of cream. Now when they get all tender, hot and caramelly, add a wee touch of vanilla or a tiny touch of a very good bourbon then serve them over butter pecan ice cream or a good french vanilla ice cream. Oh my good gravy, they are heavenly!!

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    Holdthegross — November 1, 2012 @ 8:11 PM

    I like to eat pears in a salad. Mixed greens and feta. Crisp pears though – cant have any of that mushiness going on. Unless they’ve been cooked. In which case they don’t belong on my salad.

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    Carie — November 1, 2012 @ 10:47 PM

    I love to use pears in a fall salad with gorgonzola and a light balsamic dressing. My kiddos love to eat them whole to enjoy their natural yummy flavor!

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    Kristine R — November 2, 2012 @ 3:43 AM

    I would love to try this recipe. It looks so fancy but it seems so easy.
    I would love to have these pears and eat them with cottage cheese.

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    Kristine R — November 2, 2012 @ 3:47 AM

    Checked out the Harry and David site.
    I would like to try some of their salsas.
    Plus, Would enjoy the fruit of the month club.

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    Laura C. — November 2, 2012 @ 5:08 AM

    Eat them – I’ve honestly never done anything else with pears. But, now you have my wheels spinning : )

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    Laura C. — November 2, 2012 @ 5:11 AM

    The chocolates – I would LOVE to try ALL of the chocolates : )

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    Tera — November 2, 2012 @ 5:17 AM

    I love poached pears drizzled in a cinnamon simple syrup!!! mmmmmmmmm

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    Shoshana — November 2, 2012 @ 5:23 AM

    I just love to eat them straight up!

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    Liz — November 2, 2012 @ 5:24 AM

    Eat em! I love pears!

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    Tera — November 2, 2012 @ 5:43 AM

    From Harry & David, I’d like to try the appetizers especially the Merlot Laced Artichokes and the Asiago Cheese Dip!

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    Tera — November 2, 2012 @ 5:46 AM

    From Harry & David, I’d love to try the appetizers, especially the Merlot Laced Artichokes and the Asiago Cheese Dip!

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    Tera — November 2, 2012 @ 5:47 AM

    I liked both you and Harry & David on Facebook!

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    Kat — November 2, 2012 @ 6:03 AM

    My husband loves pears, we would just eat them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Michele — November 2, 2012 @ 6:07 AM

    My kids love them raw, but I make pear upside down cake with them

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    Heather J — November 2, 2012 @ 6:29 AM

    I love pears with a slice of cheese and a glass of really good wine, but I really like this recipe above. It sounds delicious.

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    Heather J — November 2, 2012 @ 6:31 AM

    Just liked you both on Facebook. Can’t wait to follow you there.

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    samW — November 2, 2012 @ 7:37 AM

    just eat um! I do can some….

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    M. Vivian — November 2, 2012 @ 7:49 AM

    I love poached pears in red wine… yummo!

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    Claire — November 2, 2012 @ 9:09 AM

    I like to eat pears poached in a vanilla and black tea infused syrup!

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    Claire — November 2, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

    2nd entry – I’d love to try the smoked salmon trio from Harry & David, salmon is a pretty solid brunch tradition for us around the holidays!

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    Bethany — November 2, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    I didn’t like pears for some reason for many years so I’m just starting to like them. I mostly just eat them but would love to try to experiment with cooking/baking with them!

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    Bethany — November 2, 2012 @ 10:47 AM

    2nd entry – the Moose Munch popcorn tin! I LOVE Moose Munch!! :)

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    Bethany — November 2, 2012 @ 10:49 AM

    2nd entry – the Moose Munch Popcorn Tin! I LOVE Moose Munch!

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    Peggy — November 2, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

    We do a great pear, spicy pecan, and grape salad at work – goes great with the sesame sherry vinaigrette!

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    Olivia — November 2, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

    I love making pear butter – these Royal Riviera pears aren’t really best for it, since they’re bred to be eaten straight, but pear butter is still one of my favorite kitchen projects!

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    margie s — November 2, 2012 @ 12:26 PM

    With cheese!!!

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    Lynn B — November 2, 2012 @ 2:05 PM

    Lucky me has a pear tree in my backyard,makes great pies, you would swear it was apple pie

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    Lynn B — November 2, 2012 @ 2:17 PM

    Hearth side gift basket deluxe oh my what a decadent treat if I could afford to give to my mom and dad for thanksgiving …..

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    Kristen — November 2, 2012 @ 3:23 PM

    Harry and David has the BEST pears ever! I don’t cook with them I just eat them up!

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    LeAnn V — November 2, 2012 @ 6:29 PM

    pears are one of my favorite fruits to eat when they are perfectly ripe. They are just the right amount of sweetness.

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    erin — November 2, 2012 @ 6:32 PM

    I normally just eat them plain but they sound delicious in a salad and with pork chops!

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    LeAnn V — November 2, 2012 @ 6:32 PM

    I love pumpkin pie and the deep dish pumpkin pie looks so wonderful, I’d love to try that!

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    LeAnn V — November 2, 2012 @ 6:34 PM

    Like Recipe Girl and Harry and David on Facebook (leann brandner voyer)

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    Miranda — November 2, 2012 @ 10:10 PM

    I like to use pears in salads.

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    Miranda — November 2, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

    I’d like to try the chocolate cherries

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    Sheila — November 3, 2012 @ 7:17 AM

    I like to eat pears plain, although now I’d really like to try this recipe! There is something wonderful about a perfectly sweet and juicy pear.

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    Sheila — November 3, 2012 @ 7:19 AM

    On the Harry & David site – the lobster pot pie looks yummy! I also love their Moose Munch and all of their chocolates look delicious!

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    Shannon — November 3, 2012 @ 7:49 AM

    hi Lori!! I am going to try this recipe…my husband insists he doesn’t like pork chops or pork in general (except bacon, of course). I have the lofty goal of changing his mind. :)

    Honestly, my favorite thing to do with Harry & David pears is to eat them plain. It’s almost like eating pear sorbet!!

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    Shannon — November 3, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    Entry #2: I totally want to try the onion & pepper spread/dip, but I’m a little nervous. I do not know why, but I am!!

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    Shannon — November 3, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    Entry #3: Have followed you on Facebook forever! And now, I follow Harry & David too!!

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    Shannon — November 3, 2012 @ 7:55 AM

    Entry #4: Now following Lori and Harry& David on Twitter!

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    Kim — November 3, 2012 @ 11:37 AM

    Pear Claffoute! Yum

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 3, 2012 @ 11:56 AM

    I love pears in a salad with a strong blue cheese! Yummmmm..

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 3, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

    That serious chocolate cake looks amazing on Harry and David’s website…

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    Michelle — November 3, 2012 @ 4:53 PM

    I would make a Pear Galette :)

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    Michelle — November 3, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

    I’d like to get the Crater Lake Gift Basket :)

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    Michelle — November 3, 2012 @ 5:13 PM

    I like both pages on Facebook :)

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    Carol F. — November 3, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

    I love to make pear cobbler with my pears. It’s just as good as peach. You just use a peach cobbler receipe and use pears. You can also do a pear peach combo. Try it.

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    Carol F. — November 3, 2012 @ 8:07 PM

    I have been to harry and david web site and would like to try the royal riviera pears. They sound delicious.

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    Carol F. — November 3, 2012 @ 8:15 PM

    I’m following receipe girl & Harry&David on facebook.

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    Carol F. — November 3, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

    I have been to web site and would like to try royal riviera pears.

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    nik — November 4, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

    Five-Spice Roasted Pears is one of my favorite ways to enjoy pears. Cheers!

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    nik — November 4, 2012 @ 6:58 AM

    I’d love to try Harry and David’s Fruit Mountain Snack Gift. Thanks!

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    Sam — November 4, 2012 @ 7:49 AM

    Vanilla roasted pears … they are to die for!

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    Courtney — November 4, 2012 @ 4:55 PM

    I like to cook pears on the stove with cinnamon. Warm and comforting!

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    Courtney — November 4, 2012 @ 4:56 PM

    I would like to try the pumpkin cheesecake…. Yum!

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    Kim — November 4, 2012 @ 5:42 PM

    I love pears with butter lettuce, walnuts and blue cheese crumbles with a white wine vinegarette. Yummy!!

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    Ttrockwood — November 4, 2012 @ 5:59 PM

    I love pears with almond butter, or dipped in yogurt with honey

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    Kim — November 4, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

    Would love to try Totally Nuts Moose Munch Snack from the Harry and David site.

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    Ttrockwood — November 4, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

    I would love to try the moose munch

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    Ttrockwood — November 4, 2012 @ 6:04 PM

    I follow you and HAndD on facebook (terri)

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    stylefriendly — November 4, 2012 @ 9:17 PM

    Make a pear cake.

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    Tracy — November 5, 2012 @ 5:03 AM

    Fresh pears shared with my loved ones is the best!

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    Leann Lindeman — November 5, 2012 @ 5:10 AM

    I really haven’t actually tried any recipes with pears.. I just like to eat them!

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    Leann Lindeman — November 5, 2012 @ 5:12 AM

    I would like to try the signature cheesecake.

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    Leann Lindeman — November 5, 2012 @ 5:17 AM

    Like both pages on Facebook.

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    Elisabeth — November 8, 2012 @ 3:39 PM

    I’m kind of boring, I just eat pears they are but I’ve always thought they looked good in salads!

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    Elisabeth — November 8, 2012 @ 3:40 PM

    I’d love to try the Baker City Holiday Cookie Basket Classic!

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    Elisabeth — November 8, 2012 @ 3:41 PM

    I follow both pages on facebook!

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    Elisabeth — November 8, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

    I follow you both on twitter @egood33

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    Katy — November 10, 2012 @ 4:20 PM

    I love pears on salads!

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    Bethany — November 14, 2012 @ 2:19 PM

    I can’t think of a better end for great pears than a pear pie with gruyere baked into the crust – the succulence of the pears combined with the nutty/salty gruyere is incredible!

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    Jennifer — January 10, 2013 @ 6:50 PM

    Made this tonight and LOVED it. My kids loved it too, which means the recipe is going in my KEEP file. Thanks!

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    akruse123 — February 7, 2013 @ 7:58 AM

    These were incredible!!!! I am a novice cook and this recipe truly was restaurant quality. The flavors were really complex (the fennel seeds were an amazing touch) but it was so simple to make. The presentation was gorgeous and my boyfriend loved it. Thank you! :)