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Hearts of Romaine with Sauteed Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Bartlett Pears, and Gorgonzola Dressing

Gorgonzola Salad

Though I’ve never really been a fan of veiny cheeses, this salad is really fantastic.  So many flavors going on–sweet pears, tart cranberries, toasty pecans, warm sauteed onions–and the dressing?  Oh man.  So good.  I just look for excuses to scoop it up and eat it.  It’s got great bite and is delicious with this salad, though I’m also reeeeeally looking forward to trying it out with my buffalo fried chicken.  And again, this is coming from someone who does not typically like veiny cheese, never mind a blue cheese dressing.  Oh!  You’ll also love that as rich as this dressing tastes, it only has 40 calories per serving!

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Pacific Northwest Chopped Salad

Pacific Northwest Chopped Salad

It snowed buckets this morning.  I suppose February has to make amends for the absurdly mild January we had, right?  Well, you probably had one of those record-breaking, freeze-your-buns-off months, but we somehow managed to avoid all of that.  In North Central Washington.  Can you believe that?  Seriously, our high’s were up in the 40’s–even the 50’s for a few days!  Craziness.

I love this little lake town when it’s blanketed in snow.  Some of the most beautiful days are when the surrounding hills and mountains are covered in white and the lake reflects a clear blue sky.  Just gorgeous.  We definitely get all four seasons around here and I love that.

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My view this morning.

But enough about the weather.  Let’s talk food.

It’s hard to beat the Pacific Northwest when it comes to good food and this salad offers a nice little array of some of these local flavors.  From the sweet and crunchy Honeycrisp apple to the handmade Beecher’s Flagship cheese, this salad pays homage to some of our best.  It’s one of my favorites and I hope you like it, too!

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