I love spending the whole day in the kitchen cooking for Thanksgiving. I really do. It's all hands on deck. We play music or watch football. BUT, it's VERY nice to have a few things made ahead of time, so the time in the kitchen is still busy, but less stressful.
These poached pears can be made earlier in the day and just sit out at room temp. They're a cross between a savory dessert and a salad. I highly recommend a milder blue cheese, like Cambazola or Gorgonzola Dolce, just in case you have guest who aren't into stinky cheese. The milder versions also pair really well with the sweetness of the pear.