Sometimes, a little rule-breakin’ goes a long way. In the kitchen, that is.

There are certain days when I feel tired of following recipes and just want to make my own. It’s fun to concoct a dish by throwing together a random mix of things and seeing what the result is. Of course, sometimes the culinary experiment fails.

But, hey, this one time, at band camp, I actually invented something pretty tasty.

It was one of the last days of Christmas break and my parents, who were leaving for a trip, were trying to get rid of all of our leftover food. I looked through the contents of our fridge, which contained ham, cheese, pears, broccoli, a pomegranate, and other random clusters of food.

With no direct plan in mind, I picked out a pear and the pomegranate. And what had started off as a spontaneous experiment actually ended up being a sweet success.

Level: Easy

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 1 (snack or healthy dessert)

1 pear
Half a pomegranate, with the seeds squeezed out

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. With a sharp knife, cut the pear into very thin slices.

Photo by Alia Wilhelm

3. Lay the slices on a foil-covered baking sheet and bake in oven.
4. When the pears are slightly brown, pull them out and let them cool for about five minutes.

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5. Next, move the pears to small bowl and drizzle them in the pomegranate juice and seeds.

Photo by Alia Wilhelm