We'd been meaning to get together with our friends, Lisann and Laurel, for months now. Finally, last Thursday, we made it over there for dinner. We had wine and nibbles in their lovely, calm living room, attended by their two sweet pups, with an occasional orange kitty boy sighting. We noshed on splendid cheese, crackers, and a very tasty olive spread and talked up a storm. Dinner was a chicken pot pie with all kinds of lovely veggies in it, along with a beautiful salad and a loaf of bread from Zingerman's. That was all great, but dessert was a real showstopper, a stunning ginger pear cake. It was spicy and wonderful! I believe this is the right recipe---I'll know when I make it!