FRESH HERB YOGURT DIP WITH SLICED CALIFORNIA PEAR
2 cups yogurt cheese (see below)
2 T chopped fresh tarragon
2 T chopped fresh chives
1 T chopped fresh dill
1 T sherry vinegar
Freshly ground pepper
6 fresh California pears, any variety, or a mix (sliced)
Yogurt cheese recipe: Line a sieve with a coffee filter or double thickness of cheesecloth. Suspend the sieve over a deep bowl. Spoon the yogurt into the filter, cover with plastic wrap, and allow the whey to drip out. When the yogurt has the consistency of soft, velvety spreadable cheese, about 6 hours, scrape into a bowl.
Add herbs and seasonings to yogurt cheese. Stir. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Serve with sliced pears and a dollop of honey.