Roasted Pear Salad with Pumpkin Seeds & Chèvre

A robust winter salad can break the monotony of root vegetables and mash. This roasted pear over crisp greens salad with a sprinkling of seeds makes a lovely starter. We recently served this salad to a group of sixty, and it was so simple to do for a large group, but its taste and presentation…

Crème Fraîche Dressing with Chèvre

⅓ c Crème Fraîche 1½ T white wine vinegar 1 oz / 55 gr crumbled chèvre or blue cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper Whisk together, or pulse a couple of times in a small processor. Store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. Click here for printable version.

Wedge Salad Appetizers

Appetizers are a mainstay of holiday parties, lots of cheese, phyllo, puff pastry, tarts, crackers and meats.  If we’re lucky there are bowls of olives & pickles, and some raw veg to balance things out.  I think that adding a cold crisp salad is a perfect foil for the rest of the menu. Recently I…

Mushroom Potpies with Blue Cheese

An incredibly rainy morning – we haven’t had a day like this since last spring, so I’m not complaining.  I even turned on the furnace yesterday when I realized the house wasn’t going to go above 65°. Probably because of the weather, I figured it was time to have a warm & fall type meal,…