We Americans are used to sweet desserts. But I think that an after-dinner treat doesn't need to be sweet to be fantastic. And I treated myself to my favorite after-dinner treat tonight. Here are the ingredients:
1 ripe pear, cut into slices
5-6 raw walnuts
1 medium hunk of Parmesano Reggiano cheese (maybe one inch square,preferably cut from near the center of the wheel)
5 oz. good white wine
Separate the cheese into small, irregular pieces by stabbing the cheese from the top down with your knife and twisting it until a fragment of the cheese breaks off. If you're going to be slow and savor it, you might want to treat the pears with a lemon juice solution to keep their meat white and firm. Consume the individual ingredients separately, but allow their tastes to overlap.
Seriously, I'd rather have that for dessert than a chocolate cake.
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