Pear Green Salad

This lovely salad is sure to delight, with a combination of cool weather fall greens, crisp, sweet pears tossed in with a maple balsamic dressing and garnished with crunchy candied pecans.

We tend to eat less salad in the fall even though many greens grow better in the cooler weather. Feel free to substitute any salad greens you prefer, endive and radicchio seem to be an acquired taste as we are used to the more bland, watery lettuces that have less nutritional value.

Fall Salad


  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of raw pecans
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head endive, leaves separated
  • 2 hearts frisee lettuce, hand torn
  • 1 large radicchio, leaves torn
  • 1 red pear, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan


  1. First make the candied pecans. Place a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the butter and sugar to the pan. Once it has melted, toss in the pecans and continue to toss them to ensure they coat and cook evenly, about 1 minute. Transfer the candied pecans to a sheet tray lined with waxed or parchment paper to cool while you prepare the salad dressing and greens. Tip, use two forks to separate the pecans.
  2. Next prepare the dressing by combining the chopped shallot, Dijon and balsamic vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while you whisk the ingredients together to emulsify. Add the maple syrup and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set the dressing aside.
  3. Assemble salad by tossing the various greens and pear slices in a large mixing bowl with the maple-balsamic dressing. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and candied pecans.


Apricot Chicken Breasts

Looking for a new chicken dish? Apricots pair well with and really enhance the flavor of chicken. This is wonderful served with brown rice and your choice of vegetables. If you are looking for a recipe that has no added salt, and is low in calories and fat, this one fits the bill.


You can also cook the chicken breasts on a counter top grill, reduce cooking time as the heat comes from both the top and bottom. I love my grill and use it to cook as many things as possible. If you are barbecue lover you can cook these over low heat.

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Is It Ok For Children to Eat Frosting?

Answering Burning QuestionsPeople often ask me questions and I’m thrilled to answer them but I thought it would also be a good idea to post some of them and the answers here! I hope you find the answer to this question I received by email helpful.

“I made cupcakes with buttercream frosting using Watkins Pure Vanilla.  I didn’t realize it contained alcohol until afterwards (35%). I used about a teaspoon.  I would like to know if this is ok for children to eat? Thank you very much.” – Mrs. Bee  Continue reading

Blackberry Maple Pancake Topping


Fresh blackberries are in season now, if you are lucky enough to have them growing wild in your area you should venture out to pick some of these tasty, nutritious berries. Berry picking is becoming a lost tradition, which is really a shame because it’s a fun, low cost, healthy activity and can provide you with inexpensive fruit. Who doesn’t like free food? If you are like me and blackberries don’t grow in your area they are now often available in the produce section of many supermarkets. What can you do with your blackberries? Eat them fresh as a snack or for desert, and whole lot more. This blackberry maple topping recipe is a nice change of taste on your pancakes, waffles or ice cream. Continue reading

Ginger Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

BroccoliThis recipe transforms ginger beef and broccoli stir fry in to a delicious salad. It’s the perfect, quick to fix dinner for a hot summer night.  The asian inspired salad dressing flavored with garlic, ginger and sesame can be used on other salads as well.  If you have leftover cooked steak or roast beef feel free to slice it thin and substitute it for the sirloin steak.  Continue reading

Enjoy Wholesome Nut and Seed Butters

I’m sure everyone has heard of peanut butter, but did you know there are other nut and even seed butters too? There are a number of nut and seed butters on the market, and each has a beneficial nutritional profile. It’s also quite easy to make your own nut and seed butters at home so I’ve included a basic recipe. For people with a peanut allergy, nut and seed butters can provide just as much (if not better) nutrition without the risk of setting off a peanut allergy. Here are some of the most popular butters, and what some of their benefits are. Continue reading

The Best Homemade Ice Tea

Homemade ice tea is a summer tradition in our family, we all love it. A friend gave me a recipe for a tea syrup and we have tweaked it over the years to make it the best homemade ice tea ever! Well it’s perfect for our taste!

I make our ice tea in a gallon size (4.55 l) tupperware pitcher, I’m not sure if they still make this size but I have several of them. I have to be honest, I don’t measure the water, I just fill up the pitcher to the lip where the lid fits.

homemade ice tea with honey and lemon

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How to Cook With Herbs and Spices

Is salt and pepper the extent of your seasoning experience? Are you wanting to discover the wonderful world of flavors with spices and herbs? Awesome, here’s some basic how to cook with herbs and spices tips.

Herbs, spices and other seasonings are a natural and healthy way to add a lot of flavor to your recipes without adding a lot of extra calories. With a little practice, you can create an endless variety of delicious dishes, such as Mediterranean-inspired favorites bursting with the fresh flavors of lemon, garlic and rosemary and spicy Mexican dishes featuring cilantro, cumin and chili powder.

cook with spices herbsOf course, your options won’t end there. A wide range of herbs, spices and seasonings are used throughout the world to make food taste better, and in some cases, last longer. Over time, certain flavors have come to represent the culinary identity of the areas where they originated. In large part, the seasonings you choose will define the direction of your own culinary development, as well.

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Vegetarian Mushroom Stroganoff

I make this vegetarian mushroom stroganoff when I’m cooking just for myself, or making something for hubby that I can’t eat due to food allergies. I half the recipe to make two meals. Since I never have any wine in the house, I substitute a combination of white grape juice and water.

I love it because it’s quick, easy and tasty. It’s wonderful served over mashed or baked potatoes, brown rice, quinoa or whole grain pasta. Complete the meal with steamed vegetables such as broccoli.

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