Pears with Maytag blue cheese and balsamic glaze

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Ingredients:
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 ea. ripe pears (Bosc is preferred but any nice ripe pear will work)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
To taste Kosher salt
To taste freshly ground black pepper
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
3 cups arugula or tender salad greens
3 oz. blue cheese (we prefer Maytag brand from Iowa)

Instructions:
1. In a small saucepan, reduce the balsamic vinegar over high heat until it thickens and will coat the back of a spoon (you will have a little over 1 Tbsp. left); remove from the stove and allow to cool to room temperature.

2. Halve the pears lengthwise and remove the core with a small scoop. Cut the pears into wedges and combine in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle pears with about 1/2 tsp. of the olive oil, a few grains of kosher salt and some black pepper.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss the greens with a pinch of salt and just enough of the lemon vinaigrette to coat each leaf. Arrange a bouquet of the greens in the center of the plate and spread the pears around the outside.

4. Drizzle the pears with the balsamic glaze, sprinkle the salad with the blue cheese and serve.

Yield: 4 servings