Mixed Greens with Pear, Goat Cheese, and Candied Walnuts

Mixed Greens with Pear, Goat Cheese, and Candied Walnuts

I had an intense craving for a salad with fresh fruit and candied walnuts when I threw together this recipe. With the Bosc pear currently in season, its crisp, woodsy flavor is the perfect contrast among the tangy goat cheese mingled with the sweet walnuts. This recipe is so simple to throw together yet has all the trappings of a gourmet salad! In selecting just the right pear for this recipe, it’s really a matter of personal choice. I went for a firm, slightly less ripe one in order to add a crunchy texture to my salad. Interestingly, Bosc pears do not change color as they ripen. You simply need to feel it out for your desired level of crunchiness! With so many delicious tastes and textures coming together in one bowl, I wanted to ensure that none of the flavor was masked with a heavy dressing or a show stealing balsamic vinegar. I opted for my go-to Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe, comprised of five simple ingredients- lemon juice, red wine vinegar, honey, garlic, and olive oil. Prep Time: 20 mins Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 3/4 lb, mixed greens 2 Bosc pears, sliced 4 ounces, goat cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup, candied walnuts 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced Red Wine Vinaigrette 1/4 cup, red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons, fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup, olive oil 1 clove, garlic, minced Sea salt and pepper to taste Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, combine the mixed greens, goat cheese, sliced red onions, pears and candied walnuts. To prepare the vinaigrette, mince one clove of garlic and combine with the red wine vinegar, olive oil, and...
New Music Monday: January 2015 Playlist

New Music Monday: January 2015 Playlist

The joy of discovery was the undercurrent to this month’s playlist. The list came together seamlessly as I stumbled upon countless new gems using Shazam and Spotify, and rediscovered a Simon & Garfunkel classic off the soundtrack to Wild. One of my favorite finds during a late night drive home, was a beautiful cover of Nina Simone’s “Baltimore”  by the lovely, soulful songbird, Lianne La Havas. Perhaps the best new album release was Milo Greene’s, Control. The album carries a moody, ambient tone but with an upbeat, dance anthem vibe. I’ve had the entire album on repeat since it’s release last Tuesday!     1) Coattails- Broods 2) All Is Forgiven- Alekesam 3) First Light- Django Django 4) The Never (feat. LV Baby)- Pell 5) Switch Lanes- Tkay Maidza 6) How Do I Know- Here We Go Magic 7) El Condor Pasa (If I Could)- Simon & Garfunkel 8) Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)- Us3 9) Budapest- George Ezra 10) Gramercy- Milo Greene 11) Baltimore- Lianne La Havas 12) When It’s Done- Milo Greene   Follow me on...