In winter when the seasonal produce selection narrows, pears are a top choice for desserts and salads both elegant and homey.

Chowhounds love this bittersweet chocolate and pear cake, which sedimental calls “really nice and different.” maplesugar recommends this pear gingerbread upside-down cake. This pear bread “calls for two cups of shredded pear and it’s moist and delicious,” says HillJ.

magiesmom likes this Alsatian pear kugel with prunes as a brunch dish. “The appeal for me is that it is both sweet and savory,” she says.

Also on the savory side, pears make a great addition to grilled cheese sandwiches or panini, and marry especially well with Brie. marsprincess adds pears, chèvre, toasted walnuts, and scallions to green salad and dresses with a vinaigrette of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, a spoonful of yogurt or sour cream, a squeeze of honey, the juice of half an orange, and salt and pepper. This pear, arugula, and endive salad with candied walnuts is DGresh‘s favorite.

For another savory option, try CHOW’s Celery and Pear Soup.

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