I have just learned all about it this year too...
I have pitched at least 50 into the compost cause they have fallen and the squirrels have been eating them and they get major bruises when they fall even if I get to them before the squirrels LOL
I currently have a huge mixing bowl FULL of pears on my counter (and already made pear crisp yesterday, and 2 batches of pear sauce in the freezer...)
Tomorrow I am picking them off the tree...and making a pear free form tart and in a couple days probably a pear cobbler. (and then freezing MORE!)
OH I also tried a really different recipe that another MDC mama shared and it was YUMMY...pear and brie cheese in a quessadilla