Easy Gourmet Cooking Devotional
When my husband Bob was growing up in East Texas, his grandfather had a mammoth pear tree in his backyard. The cousins loved to climb in the irregular old tree, smell the white blossoms, and most of all, eat the pears when they’d been mellowed in a paper sack. It was a treat.
Remember the canned pear treat we used to eat topped with mayonnaise and grated cheese? Well, here is Dale’s gourmet version that’s perfect for autumn days.
Fresh Pear and Bacon Salad
You will need:
Salad greens Fresh Pears (one half to one person)
Sour cream Mayonnaise
One lemon Salt and Pepper
Garlic powder Bacon, two strips (rashers) per person
- Tear or cut the greens into bite-sized pieces. Then place them on the salad plates.
- Peel the pears; cut them in half, remove the core with melon scoop.
- Cut the pears into bite-sized pieces.
- Place them on top of greens.
- Cut rashers in half. Fry until brown.
- Crumble them on greens and pears.
- Mix equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise into small bowl.
- Add salt and pepper and garlic powder.
- Add 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice.
- Dollop on salad.
Food for Thought:
We have two small pear trees on the perimeter of our property that are in their sixth season, and this year for the first time they produced at least 20 good sized pears. Isn’t it a miracle to pick a pear off a tree you’ve planted and wonder that it’s so perfectly rounded and shaped? It reminds me a little of the way I felt when I first saw my newborn son.
“The earth is satisfied by the fruit of His works” (Psalm 104:13b)
Think about the fruits of autumn: apples, pears, pumpkins, and red and gold chrysanthemums—giant bouquets of them in terra cotta pots. And then there’s the cool zephyrs that grace the air, and help you let go. It’s a maturing season, a sense of completion.
“The season changed,” W. Trevor wrote, “and. . . Autumn crept over all England.” Can’t you just feel it? A change, a different season, something new in the air. More and more I see the seasons of life as delineated rather than blended into an amalgam of events. This is my life’s autumn season, nearing its winter, and I’m challenged to be seasoned spiritually—well-equipped and disciplined.
Always there’s the challenge to grow in the knowledge of God and our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. Pressing forward, pressing on!
“Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1a).