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Autumn Pear and Cranberry Chopped Salad….

Autumn Chopped Salad


6 to 8 cups of Chopped Romaine Lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices thick-cut bacon (applewood) crisp and crumbled
4 to 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I like Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)



On a large platter, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese.  Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. (I would estimate that I used about a cup of dressing…70% poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette).  Toss and serve immediately!




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Amateur Wine Enthusiast…

I am not sure who or what determines when you graduate from amateur to expert wino… I was a wine Rep for one of the premiere wine distributors in the Houston area in the late 80’s.  Although my palette received an excellent education, I left the industry before I received my degree…My enthusiasm for good wine has continued through the years.  Although back in the day I enjoyed Big Bad California Cabernet’s and Oakey Toasty Chardonnay’s…Now I prefer softer reds; Merlot, Pinot Noir and dare I say a Blend…I rarely drink white.

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