Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Salad and a Sweet

I love to cook. And bake. Pretty much if it can be even the slightest bit creative and involve food I'm all about it. :) Sharing great recipes is actually part of my Seven Silos blog, but I couldn't resist slapping these two recipes on Citizens.

(Side note: Seven Silos is NOT published yet, but I hope to get at least something going soon on the this.)

Back to the food.

So a few weeks back I posted about a dinner party. All the dishes were a huge hit including this very simple pear salad. It is a really versatile dish that can accompany a sophisticated entree or just be a casual snack.

Simple Pear Salad with Balsamic Maple Dressing

  • mixed greens
  • a fresh, crisp pear
  • chopped pecans
  • honey
  • balsamic dressing
  • maple syrup
  1. Salad
    1. Bed of mixed greens topped with sliced pear. 
    2. Dress with honeyed pecans (In a small bowl, drizzle honey over pecans and mix until evenly covered. Add to salad.)
  2. Dressing
    1. Buy any balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Pour into small bowl and add maple syrup to taste. Drizzle over salad.
Now for the sweet. :) Last Sunday night I made Brownie Pie for all the Advance guys and it also was a huge hit. Our friend Ryan thought he was eating a dessert from Chili's! Ha!

Brownie Pie

  • 1 package Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pastry crust
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • strawberries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water in large bowl. Stir with spoon until well blended, about 50 strokes. Stir in chips. Spoon into crust. 
  3. Bake 40 - 45 minutes or until center is no longer gooey (I usually do 55 minutes). Cool completely.
  4. Puree strawberries in food processor or blender. (Optional.)
  5. Cut pie into wedges. Serve with ice cream and pureed strawberries. 

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