"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
Peel and slice pears. Layer pears and sugar alternately in stainless steel pot. Let set overnight. Next morning cook over medium heat until pears look clear and almost chewy. Put in canning jars and seal.
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