The Inspiring Fruits of Autumn: Pear and Bacon Salad

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.

 Dale’s World:

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


  1. Tear or cut the greens into bite-sized pieces. Then place them on the salad plates.
  2. Peel the pears; cut them in half, remove the core with melon scoop.
  3. Cut the pears into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Place them on top of greens.


  1. Cut rashers in half. Fry until brown.
  2. Crumble them on greens and pears.


  1. Mix equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise into small bowl.
  2. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice.
  4. Dollop on salad.

A Pear from our Tree

Food for Thought:

Enjoying the Fruits of His Works

            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.

Crimson Chyrsanthemums

“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).

Chrysanthemums on our deck

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2 Responses to The Inspiring Fruits of Autumn: Pear and Bacon Salad

  1. Martha Low Bishop says:

    This salad sounds great! Can’t wait to try it. Perfect for autumn.

    • ruthann1 says:

      Dear Martha,

      So good to hear from you. Would love a long e-mail that tells us about your doings.


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