Fall Favorite: Mixed Green Salad with Pear and Pecans

Since Fall Fest is featuring pears this week, here is my favorite fall salad that I like to make this time of year and on Thanksgiving. It’s so simple to prepare with mixed greens, dried cranberries, sliced pears and toasted pecans. I like to make my own Poppy Seed Dressing with a touch of shallots in it. If you don’t have time to make your own dressing, purchase a bottle poppy seed dressing. Feel free to vary this recipe, using different pear varieties and walnuts instead of pecans. This salad is also wonderful with the addition of goat cheese. It’s so pretty and a fresh taste of fall. Enjoy.

Lightened Up Pumpkin Muffins

Who can’t resist pumpkins this time of year? Since the theme of “Fall Fest” this week is Pumpkin, I thought these Pumpkin Muffins would be a hit. “Fall Fest, as I mentioned in my post last week for Black-Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula, is a cross-blog recipe swap. I love this recipe for Pumpkin Muffins which is lighter than the average recipe made with a mixture of whole wheat and all purpose flour, canned pumpkin, nonfat buttermilk and Canola oil. Speaking of Canola, I was so excited to attend an event last night at the Viking Cooking School in Atlanta featuring the talented Chef and Cookbook Author, Virginia Willis and Nutrition Expert and Author, Carolyn O’Neil. Another busy week for me. Please leave a comment and let me know what type of pumpkin recipes you have been making lately. Happy Thursday!

Fall Fest Fall Salad: Black-Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula

I have been working on some new fall salad recipes for upcoming television cooking segments this month. I was in the mood for a Black-Eyed Pea Salad and trying to increase the fiber in my kid’s diets. This recipe starts with a simple lime and chipotle vinaigrette combined with the black-eyed pea and black bean mixture. The mixture is served over peppery arugula which makes a fresh, flavorful and light salad. This is a great starter salad, but it would also be wonderful as a main dish topped with grilled or cooked chicken, shrimp, turkey or steak. This recipe is also a part of “Fall Fest” which is a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross blog recipe swap from various food blogs. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of The Food Network. The theme this week is “fall salads” so I hope you enjoy this one.