Winter Salad: Baby Kale, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad

A delicious winter time salad.


This has a good balance of contrasting flavors: the peppery bite of the tender baby kale, the buttery fall pear, pungent blue cheese, and the crunchy slivered almonds all combine in a balanced contrast of flavors and textures that is very satisfying.

You will need:
2-3 cups tender baby kale
1 small or a half of a large just ripe pear (your choice if type)
About a 1/3 cup of blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts
2 tablespoons of your favorite vinaigrette

To assemble, layer the salad in the order given and drizzle the vinaigrette over it all. 


Happy Desk Lunch: Lentil Radish Tacos

I made a second batch of Lentil Salad with Preserved lemons, and it was just as good as the first.


Radishes...fresh from my neighbor's garden.

Radishes…fresh from my neighbor’s garden.




I made sure to have enough for leftovers. No roasted red peppers this time, but plenty of fresh radishes that my neighbors brought me from his garden.  Did I mention I have the best neighbors?

With plenty of cheese to choose from, I found a chunk of havarti that needed to go.  It was just right. Everything tucked into a soft tortilla, and toasted in a toaster oven just until the cheese is melted.  Perfect for one meal at my desk.  Very good, and very satisfying.


And, here is the recipe for the Lentil Salad.

If you don’t have preserved lemons lying around, a simple lemon vinaigrette or french vinaigrette is always good:




Farmer’s Market Find: Warm and Spicy Pumpkin Soup


Pumpkins are in at your local farmer’s market!   I made this last fall with fresh oranges and a pumpkin from my farmer’s market.  It was so good, that I’m looking forward to making it again.  I have roasted Hatch … Continue reading

Fresh Fish with Preserved Lemon Persillade

Fresh baked mackerel topped with a simple persillade with preserved lemons.

Three good things: Friends who share freshly caught fish with you (filleted and all!) How delicious preserved lemons are throughout the year… Knowing how to combine the two into a fabulously yummy lunch! What is persillade? According to the dictionary, … Continue reading