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Vanilla-Muscat Poached Pears

Wow customers with these poached pears dipped in decadent chocolate and crunchy sliced almonds.


4 Markon First Crop Bartlett Pears (peeled and cored)
Poaching syrup
4 cups water
1 cup Muscat wine
1/2 vanilla bean
1 cup sugar
12 oz. chocolate (cut into small pieces, melted over a double boiler)
2 cups almonds (sliced and lightly toasted)


Peel, core, and poach pears in syrup (see poaching syrup recipe above) until tender. Remove pears from syrup and pat dry with a clean towel.
Place the bottom half of each pear in the melted chocolate, then roll through the toasted, sliced almonds. Place on wax paper until the chocolate has hardened. 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.