Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese

I thought it would be fun to host a cookbook review on It’s a Keeper (IAK).  Some of my readers and Facebook/Twitter follwers who wanted to participate don’t have blogs of their own to share their recipes on, so I offered up a guest post on IAK to give all of my readers the opportunity to share their reviews.  This one is from my good friend, Natalie.

When looking for recipe or two to review for the It’s A Keeper Cookbook Review, I came across Ina Garten’s Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese.  One of my very favorite salads, especially in the fall when the pears and apples are at their peak, is one with pears, walnuts and cranberries, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it.

Is it a Keeper?

First, I will own up to my “cheats”.  I used store bought lemon juice rather than fresh-squeezed.  I also used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend instead of regular brown sugar.  Finally, we just ate the stuffed pears by themselves as my grocery store didn’t have arugula.

Was it a Keeper?  You bet it was!  I will definitely make this again.  This dish would be the perfect impressive yet not at all difficult first course for a Fall dinner.  The pears are cooked and tender, but still had a bit of a bite to them, while the blue cheese was creamy and the walnuts gave it a nice crunch.  The salty blue cheese combined with the sweetness of just about everything else made for a great variation in flavor.
When we’re having dinner guests, I always look for recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and this is perfect for that.  The pears should be served room temperature, so you can do them and mix the vinaigrette for the arugula in advance and then just assemble it at the last minute.  Thanks, Ina for this delicious recipe.  It is most definitely a Keeper!  And thanks to Christina for inviting all of us to review some of her favorite cookbooks.

Natalie is from northeastern Pennsylvania, and is an amazing working mom. In addition to being a super-mom and a great cook, she also runs a successful construction business and donates countless hours to helping area non-profits. She is a regular, loyal reader and commenter here on It’s a Keeper.  Please give her some Comment Love!



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Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer here at It Is a Keeper! I scour cookbooks, recipe boxes and the internet to bring you only the BEST recipes that have my seal of approval. Most of my recipes are easy enough for busy weeknights and simple enough for those that think they can't cook. Thanks for stopping by!

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