The main clue to pear ripeness is color. Most pears show a faint yellow background when ready. Anjou and other green ones should give slightly under pressure. Once ripe, the pear's flavor deteriorates quickly.
hy do we spend so much time discussing and sharing pictures of food? Is everyone really that obsessed with food and plating and color variation? Or is it a just a response to the increase in information about food?
I've hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the past few years and it's always a good time. Guests include a mix of friends and family, friends of friends and a few neighbors stop by for a pre-dinner drink. This year it's shaping up to a whole new level.
Take the time this thanksgiving to inspire your guests to convey their thanks in the most expressive way they can. Make it fun. Make it an occasion your guests will always want to repeat. Spread the joy.