Until today, I had never heard of "Pears Helene," also known as "Poires Belles Helene." Apparently they're poached pears with chocolate sauce, usually served with vanilla ice cream It sounds delicious, so I may have to try it when pears are in season. Pears Helene gets its name from an Offenbach opera, according to My French Cuisine. (There's also a recipe there.) BBC even gets in on the deliciousness and offers up its own recipe. And over at Food Network, Nigella Lawson shares her recipe.