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Bright radishes bring a fresh crunch to the earthier flavors of this comforting fall lunch box. I love using pear in savory dishes; it's somewhat unexpected, but it holds its shape and texture amazingly well (unlike next-day or even next-hour diced apples), and its subtler sweetness pairs well with spicy or tart flavors. Here, we have both. Harissa provides an undercurrent of gentle heat that complements sautéed kale (I cooked mine to the fried/crunchy level), seasoned with lemon juice and zest, which gets folded into a savory-and-sweet couscous with the radishes and pears.
Not all pears are created equal. When it comes to savory dishes, Bosc pears—the elegant, rustic ones with the dark brown skin&,dash;are firmer, a touch sweeter and more full-flavored than other common varieties like Bartlett, so they pair better with bold spices.
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