Sandwich pairs pears with ham, cheeseSweet, juicy Bartlett...

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September 15, 1999|By Suzanne Loudermilk

Sandwich pairs pears with ham, cheese

Sweet, juicy Bartlett pears help ease us into another season. Try a savory pear sandwich (pictured above). Lightly toast 8 slices Italian-style bread. Spread a thin layer of honey mustard on each slice. Top 4 slices with Swiss cheese (1/2 pound, cut into slices). Place under broiler until cheese melts. Divide 2 large pears, cut into twelfths; 3/4 pound thinly sliced ham; and 1 bunch of spinach, destemmed, on the melted cheese. Top with 4 remaining slices of bread. Cut each sandwich in half. Serves 4.

Counting crabs

Ever wonder how many people a bushel of steamed crabs will feed? According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, a bushel of No. 1 or "Jimmy" (male) crabs holds about 60 to 70 crabs, depending on size. That feeds about 10 to 12 people if you're not serving a lot of extras, such as salads, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Coffee to go

Dunkin' Donuts has introduced a portable Box O' Joe for $9.99 that contains 10 cups of piping hot, freshly brewed coffee. It's perfect for business meetings, dorm gatherings, coffee klatches or any time.

Tidbits welcomes food news and notes. Send to Tidbits, Attn.: Suzanne Loudermilk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278; fax to 410-783-2519.

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