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TV special features salad by local cooks

local cooks Carol and Stan Merrell of Cottage Lake will prepare Biz's Salad on the KCTS' quarterly pledge special 'S' is for Salad, June 15 at 3 p.m.
   The couple loves to cook and entertain, so they enjoy special gourmet dinners with friends. The special evenings work this way: The host couple chooses new and sometimes unusual recipes for the dinner menu and does all the grocery shopping. Upon the guest couple's arrival, the four enjoy a glass of wine and then the guests prepare dinner. Following the dinner, the host couple is responsible for clean-up.

Biz's Salad
   Mix of green and red leafy lettuce, torn into small pieces
   1/3 c. chopped nuts, any kind (Carol prefers a combination of pistachios and pecans.)
   1 small can drained mandarin oranges, chilled
   1/4 c. yellow raisins
   1/3 c. crumbled bleu cheese
   1/4 c. thinly sliced red onion
   Keep all of the above ingredients chilled (except for the yellow raisins), but do not mix together until just prior to serving.

Dressing:
(Make this the day before to enable the flavors to mingle.)
   1 pkg. Good Seasons zesty Italian dressing.

   Prepare according to directions. Use excellent quality olive oil and either raspberry blackberry or blueberry vinegar. Moments before serving, mix together all salad ingredients and toss with a scant amount of dressing. Serve immediately on chilled salad plates. Garnish with edible flowers aranged with some of the mandarin orange segments. Accompany with hot rosemary rolls.