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

A delicious winter time salad.

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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. 

Enjoy!

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.

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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.

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And, here is the recipe for the Lentil Salad. 

https://icookforleftovers.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/lentil-salad-with-preserved-lemon-dressing/

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

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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