Ravenswood is the neighborhood on the northside of Chicago where Spoken Cafe is located. We help one of our customers who's lived in the neighborhood for nearly 30 years, harvest his pear tree in his backyard. The tree was planted when he moved into the house and every other year ( pear trees typically only bear an appreciable amount of fruit every other year) we help him harvest the whole tree in one day. He takes half of the pears and we take the other half. Since the pears are donated by him we donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity of his choice. These get peeled and cored and cooked down in the slow cooker over the course of several nights.
Ingredients: Pears, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, stem ginger (sugar, water, fresh ginger, lemon juice), nutmeg, American spicebush berry, salt.