Pears and Parmigiano

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By David Tanis

Published 2008

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There’s an old Italian adage that says, essentially, that a good ripe pear with a chunk of fine Parmigiano will turn a peasant into a king—at least temporarily. It is one of those blessed combinations that really delivers flavor and pleasure.

A ripe pear can be difficult to find, however. Pears are picked underripe, and most are sold that way and need to be monitored at home for a few d