So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.
When using pears in short cake, either fresh or canned pears may be used and should be chilled before use.
The body of a green pear is hard or very firm. They are good for baking, cooking, stewing, canning, etc. , but not ready for eating fresh or using in salads. The color of a ripe pear usually turns from green to yellow. The body of a ripe pear is tender and yielding. When ripe, pears are best chilled before serving.