With Valentines day coming up, I’ve been experimenting with different sweets to make for my sweet wife. I’ve been cooking with a lot of Trader Joe’s raw honey, which is a much better alternative than sugar. This can be a good idea if you’re cooking for your significant other, and want a little something to help cap off the meal! This recipe and pictures are courtesy of livesimply.me



  • 2 ripe pears (any variety), halved
  • ½ TB cold butter, cubed or 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ¼ cup pecans or other nuts, finely chopped
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 TB honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spoon the seeds from the pears to create a small cavity in the flesh of the pears. Place the pear halves in a high-rimmed baking dish.
  3. Distribute the butter cubes or olive oil evenly in the cavity of each pear.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the chopped pecans/nuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon the mixture in the cavity of the pears, and on the top of the pears (if the cavities can’t hold anymore filling).
  5. Finally, drizzle the honey evenly over the pears.
  6. Bake the pears, uncovered, for 25 minutes, until they are fragrant and soft.
  7. Serve the pears warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.

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