I've never planted a Bradford pear. While ornamental pears are showier in bloom and in the fall, they produce no useful fruit. We make pear preserves, pear sauce -- like applesauce, but tastier -- and poached pears with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Strawberries make good groundcover, if you don't mind crawling around on the ground under the shrubbery trying to get to the fruits before the critters do.
A recipe for Fig and Walnut Loaf was posted on Vegetable Matter recently. She used dried figs -- I used preserved figs, drained, and it was tasty! Great for breakfast, toasted.
My blueberry bushes have not yet produced the way the neighbors' down the road do, yielding gallons and gallons of berries which they share. Blueberries require much the same care as azaleas, except blueberries prefer the sun, azaleas the shade.
What fruits are you growing? Are there some you plan to plant soon? I saw blueberry plants at the garden center this week. Other vines and trees are coming to a nursery near you.