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1 large can pear halves
1 box of cream cheese softened
salad dressing (not mayonnaise)
chopped pecans
sugar to taste
yellow and red food coloring
1 inch leaves, silk or real
Lettuce leaves

Combine softened cheese and salad dressing. Use enough salad dressing
so that the filling can be piped or spooned easily. Add sugar to
taste and pecans to cream cheese. Set aside.

On paper towels pair the pear halves by size as much as possible.
Make sure they are intact. Dry the halves a little and lay flat
side down. Take a swab and put yellow food coloring on the tip
and rub on the rounded part of the pear spreading evenly. It should
not be very dark. Do this to the other halves. Use another swab
and do the same with the red coloring. It should give the impression
of ripe pear halves. Let the halves sit for a few minutes to let
the coloring absorb, then blot off the rest.

Wash and dry lettuce leaves and arrange on a serving platter. Take
one pear half and place on round colored side and fill with cream
cheese mixture. Put another pear half on top so that the both
colored sides are showing. Do this to all the pear halves. To make
the pears more realistic take shrub leaves (unsprayed and washed),
two per pear and stick them at the top where the natural leaves
would be. Small silk leaves from a craft store will do. Arrange
prettily on the bed of lettuce, cover and refrigerate until serving
time.

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