“Human beings are settlers, but not in the pioneer sense.  It is our human occupational hazard to settle for little.”  Gregory Boyle

This recipe has the devious ability to fill your kitchen with such amazing aromas that it might convince people you actually know how to cook!  Oh, maybe you do.  I’ll settle for great aromas to bolster beliefs in my abilities.  I’ll also settle for a dozen or so great recipes in my repertoire to pull me through.  This is one of them.


2 to 4 pears, depending on the number of diners

1 t maple syrup per pair

chopped walnut



Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.  Cut the pears in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the centers.  You now have a nice little holder for nuts and syrup.  Arrange the pear halves in a baking pan, cut side up.

Drizzle about a half teaspoon of maple syrup on each pear half.   Fill the centers with chopped walnuts, and sprinkle on a light dusting of cinnamon.

When you’re ready to start dining on the main course, place the pears into the oven and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the ripeness of the pears.  As the aroma fills the kitchen and people start applauding wildly at your culinary acumen, or not, rest easy in the knowledge that you get to serve so you can take the biggest piece for yourself.


Yes, other nuts or dried fruits or granola might also be good.  Whipped cream, on the side so it doesn’t melt all over the plate, could work.

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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