Fall Harvest Salad with Creamy Maple Walnut Dressing

Makes 2-1/2 cups of dressing

For the dressing:
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

For the salad:
mixed salad greens
sliced apples
walnut pieces
sliced red onion
dried cranberries
crumbled goat cheese

To make the dressing, combine the walnuts, vinegar, and maple syrup in a blender. Puree until smooth. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. If the dressing is too thick, add a bit of water. Season generously with salt and pepper.

For the salad, combine the greens and apple slices in a large bowl and toss with the dressing (the above recipe will probably make more dressing than you’ll need for one meal). Serve on individual plates and top with the red onion slices, walnuts, cranberries and goat cheese.

Slightly Spicy Red Pepper Jelly

makes 3-1/2 cups

3 tablespoons powdered fruit pectin
3¼ cups turbinado sugar
1½ lb red bell peppers (about 4),
cut into 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
½ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt

In a small bowl whisk together the pectin and ¼ cup sugar, set aside.
Pulse the bell peppers in a food processor until very finely chopped. In a large heavy pot stir together the peppers, red pepper flakes, vinegars, butter, salt, and remaining 3 cups sugar. Bring to a vigorous boil over high heat, then continue to boil, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Whisk in the pectin mixture. Boil for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Transfer to a glass jar and keep refrigerated.

Sweet & Sour Refrigerator Pickles

makes 1 quart

4 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup turbinado or white sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

In a glass jar layer the cucumbers and onion slices until tightly packed.

In a small saucepan combine 1 cup of water with the sugar, vinegar, and salt. Stir over medium heat until the liquid is warm and the sugar is fully dissolved. Pour the warm pickling liquid over the cucumbers. Cover the jar and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Pickles can be kept in the refrigerator for at least a month.

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta


2 large or 4 small fresh tomatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp coarse kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 french baguette

Slice the tomatoes in half and remove any excess seeds. Finely chop. Place in a mixing bowl and set aside.

In a blender or food processor combine the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Puree until the rosemary is finely chopped. Stir mixture into the chopped tomatoes. Add additional salt to taste.

Serve with freshly toasted slices of french baguette. Enjoy!