While perusing my canning cookbooks, I came across some pear recipes. In the end, the one I used was online, here . My boys were skeptical of the star anise but we made it once as-written and it is pretty great. And we wondered, are there other kinds of anise? I went and got more pears for another batch (and pictures, of course!) I made more peach preserves. It's the easiest thing to come by in large quantity, a box of good peaches, and a crowd pleaser, definitely. I used my favorite recipe as previously posted . And lovely strawberry... preserve. Jam? I'm not sure. Poor strawberry stuff, no spices; just lemon and sugar - and I used all the lemons. I ate that strawberry after the pictures, and it was delicious. I'm thinking that these would all be perfect for a tea party, and perhaps I should make some lemon curd. Have you made lemon curd? I'll have to look for a recipe unless you can suggest one...?