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Red Wine Poached Pears

Elegant with both sweet and savory notes, red wine poached pears can accompany steak and seafood or work as a stand-alone dessert.


4 large Bosc pears, peeled and cored
1 bottle red wine (Merlot, Shiraz, or Cabernet)
3/4 cup sugar, only use if dessert application
3 star anise
1/2 lemon
2 sprigs Markon First Crop Rosemary, only use if a side application
3 cinnamon sticks
1 sheet parchment paper


Place all ingredients in tall pot with small diameter (so pears are covered with wine). Cut parchment paper to fit inside the pot; cover both wine and pears. Simmer 30-45 minutes. Remove pot from heat; refrigerate to cool. Serve.


1 bunch Markon First Crop Asparagus, steamed

1/4 C Markon First Crop Basil

2 T Markon First Crop Chervil

2 T C Ready-Set-Serve Lemon Juice

2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

16 large shrimp, cleaned and threaded onto skewers to prevent curling

1 tsp. kosher salt

Olive oil + 2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic, for poaching

Edible petals and micro greens for garnish


Slice tips off asparagus and reserve. Add basil, chervil, one cup steamed asparagus stalks, lemon juice, zest, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper flakes, and oil to a food processor and blend until chunky.

Heat oil and garlic until just bubbling. Add shrimp skewers so that shrimp is fully submerged. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. When shrimp are almost cooked, add asparagus tips. Remove all with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.

To plate, arrange tips in a decorative manner. Place shrimp next to asparagus and ladle sauce on top of each one. Garnish with edible petals and micro greens.