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Winter Salad For 6

Winter SaladI like to have a large salad for lunch. However, I often find that by 4 p.m. I am hungry so I have been looking for ways to solve this problem, besides 6 slices of buttered toast! In the last few months there have been lots of magazine articles featuring salad bowls. Or more “Stick to Your Ribs Salads” as I now call them. I have tried lots of them and have come up with a favorite. Of course you are free to add other things, different grains, squash, dried fruit,  etc, but this is my current winter salad lunch.


1 cup of Farro
1.5 l bs of butternut squash. Peel and remove the seeds.
1/3 cup toasted chopped nuts ( almonds, walnuts ) or pipitas
1/2 to 1 cup of crumbled feta or goat cheese
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1 head of Frisee
1 head of Escarole
1 head radicchio
or greens of your choice

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Farro: Cook according to package directions. Let cool.

Squash: Cut into half inch squares. Toss in a large bowl with 2 T. olive oil and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Turn the squash out onto the baking sheet, and spread to a single layer. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, tossing during baking. Let cool. The squash shrinks while baking.

Prepare cheese and nuts.

Wash lettuce, tear into pieces and place in a salad bowl, or make 6 individual plates.
Add the squash, farro, chopped nuts and cranberries either by tossing or arranging artistically.
Place cheese on the top

You can use any of your favorite salad dressing, but I just found this one in the Nov./Dec. issue of Eating Well and love it with this mix.

Burnt Honey Vinaigrette

3 tbl honey
5 tbl white wine vinegar ( I used Champagne)
1 tbl finely chopped Shallot
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
.5 tsp each salt and pepper
5 tbl extra virgin olive oil

Cook honey in  a medium pot over medium high heat, swirling and scraping down the sides , until it turns a deep amber and smells caramelized. About two minutes. Watch it carefully so that it does not burn or boil over.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the vinegar. Next whisk in the shallot, mustard, s&p. Slowly whisk in the oil.

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Turkey Chili

What a cold snap we have had. Too many days below zero. I needed something to warm me up so made this for Sunday night Supper, and invited the neighbors in.


2 turkey drumsticks
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Spanish onions, diced
3 stems of celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
1 to 1.5 tsp Chipotle chili powder
1/2 ro 1 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 to 1 tsp Cumin
1/4 to 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste
1.5 tsp honey, I prefer wildflower

1/2 cup of coffee
1 cup of red wine
1 can, 28 oz, organic diced tomatoes
1 can of pinto beans , drained
1 can of great northern beans, drained

Sides optional: sour cream and chopped cilantro

You will need a dutch oven baking dish with lid.

I always like to give you an option with the spices. I went with the larger amount because I like a little heat. But I have friends who do not.

Heat the oil in the dutch oven on top of the stove. Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper and brown on both sides. Remove from the pot to a dish for holding

Brown the onions in the remaining oil. Then add the garlic, celery and carrots and continue browning another minute or two. Mix in the spices. I added the honey when it came out of the oven as it needed a bit of sweetness to balance the tomatoes and spices.

Add the coffee, wine , tomatoes and drained beans to the pot. Stir everything together. Put the turkey drumsticks back in the pot and cover with the sauce and beans. Bring to a boil. Put the lid on the pot and place in a 350 oven for 2 hours or until the turkey meat falls off the bone.

Serve with a salad and bread, with optional sour cream and cilantro on the side.

Serves 6

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