peppery salad greens
Assembly ala K.:
Tear open bags of peppery autumnal greens. Dump into bowl. Dump container of crumbled gorgonzola cheese on top of greens. Tear open bag of dried cranberries and dump contents onto cheese. Cover cranberries with 2 small bags of walnut pieces (roughly 1 cup). Set aside to work on pears. Peel and core pears. Melt 1 c. sugar and 1/2 c. water together over high heat on the stove. Use this much water so that you can leave the whole boiling mess unattended while you take a shower since you haven't had time yet today. Come out in time to keep sugar from burning and toss in pears. Wander off to check e-mail. Come back periodically to poke at sugary fruit. Get absorbed in e-mail until you remember pears again and go flying into the kitchen to discover that 1/4 of pears are charred and gluey in the skillet's hot spot. Scrape those into trash. Cool salvaged pears and dump on top of salad. Serve with homemade vinaigrette on the side. (Yes, I'm not kidding about the homemade; I can be an overachiever on occasion too.) The pears, if too ripe, take on the appearance of toasted slugs but they will still be tasty. It is, however, always better to avoid the toasted slug look so stick with very firm or unripe pears. Your guests will thank you.
Assembley ala some unknown overachiever:
Tear peppery autumnal greens into bite sized pieces and dump into large bowl. Crumble block over gorgonzola over greens. Scatter dried cranberries and walnuts over cheese. Cover cranberries with 2 small bags of walnut pieces (roughly 1 cup). Toss salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing. Set aside. Peel and core pears. Melt sugar and water in a skillet, stirring constantly. When the sugar is nice and brown, add in pears. Let pears brown and carmelize. Remove from heat and cool completely. Top salad mixture with pears and serve.
Either way you assemble it, enjoy!
This post was written as a part of Beth Fish Read's Weekend Cooking meme in which I contribute very sporadically. Feel free to join in or just to surf through other folks' contributions.