Seasonal fruit is the perfect starting point for a memorable meal-ender.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add pears, one cut side down, and cook until browned, then reduce heat to medium and cook 3 minutes. Turn pears to other cut side and cook 4 minutes. Add sugar and 1 tablespoon water, swirling pan to combine. Turn pears skin side down and cook until sauce is thickened slightly, 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla and pinch of salt. Serve warm with ice cream.
Pick a PearAnjou and Bartlett are the best choices for this dish -- they're sweet and juicy and hold their shape when cooked.