2 large pears (slightly shy of ripe)
1   juice of 1 fresh lemon
3 tablespoons Sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground star anise
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
7 ounces Earthbound Farm Heirloom Lettuce Leaves
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese (preferably Roquefort)
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
1 small clove garlic (finely minced)
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 dashes Tabasco Sauce (to taste)