I had a long day in town yesterday, then needed to feed my parents dinner while the kids were carving pumpkins. So I needed something easy that didn't require much time in the kitchen - or much thought. I picked up some roasted chickens from the grocery store and made some rice, but the veggie took a little longer to figure out. I had what I needed to make roasted veggies, but I made that last weekend, and besides, it takes too long to clean all the vegetables. While I was stewing over this at the grocery store, I found a pile of good-looking pears on sale and bought some for breakfasts. Then it finally occurred to me that the dinner vegetable didn't have to be a veggie - it could be a fruit, instead. So I bought 4 pears (for 7 people) and some locally-made feta cheese and made roasted pears. It was easy to make and a hit with my parents and my kids, so I'll be making it again. It sounds a little odd, but it is really good and not too sweet.
Roasted Pear Salad:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Core and slice pears into eight pieces each, and place in a roasting pan. Drizzle rice wine vinegar and maple syrup (or apple cider vinegar and honey) over the top; do not salt. Place in oven and roast for 30-40 minutes. Dice the feta cheese (2 oz per pear). Toss pear slices in liquid at bottom of pan and place on plates, top with feta. Optional: add walnuts or pecans, plain, toasted, or candied.