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Uncommon ideas for the canned pear

Although everyone knows the pleasures and good qualities of fresh fruit, there are times when canned will fit the bill. Canned Bartlett pears are one of the nicest fruits to have in the cupboard. Here is a potpourri of things to do with them:

* Pear-Topped Waffles. Heat pear slices in maple-flavored syrup, then spoon over waffles for breakfast.

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* Yogurt Pears. Top off canned pears with orange-flavored yogurt and sprinkle with granola.

* Pear Pancakes. Stir well-drained, chopped canned Bartlett pears into waffle or pancake batter before cooking.

* Cucumber Pears. Fill pear halves with cottage cheese blended with chopped cucumber, radish, green onion, and a little salt.

* Minted Pears. Combine 1 cup dairy sour cream and 1/4 cup mint jelly. Serve as dressing with canned pear halves.

* Mediterranean Pears. Fill centers of canned pear halves with mint jelly or chutney. This is especially good with roast lamb.

* Pickled Pears. Drain 1 can (29 oz.) pear halves, reserving syrup. Stick each pear half with whole cloves and place, cut side down, in saucepan. Mix 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices with pear syrup and pour over pears. Simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand to mellow flavor. This goes well with curry dishes.

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