Northwest NEWS

December 28, 1998

Home & Garden

Dining In: New Year's Delights

Holiday Harvest Salad

   1 c. coarsely chopped cranberries
   2 Tbsp. sugar
   2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
   Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
   3 quarts mixed greens
   1 1/2 c. pitted California Dates, cut into slivers
   2/3 c. chopped toasted walnuts
   Black pepper

   Toss cranberries with sugar in small bowl; let sit 15 minutes. Toss apples with 1/4 c. Honey-Lime Vinaigrette in another small bowl. Fill a large salad bowl with greens. Fan apples slices around edge of bowl. Toss together cranberries, dates, and walnuts; mound in center of bowl. Refrigerate salad until ready to serve. Just before serving, season with pepper and drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Toss to coat salad with dressing. Makes 6-8 servings.

Apples & Chevre in Puff Pastry with Blackberry Sauce

   1 lb. pastry dough
   1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. sugar
   3 lb. Newton Pippin or other tart apple variety, cored, sliced
   1/4 c. butter
   1/4 c. sugar
   1/4 Cider
   Juice of two lemons
   1 Tbsp. lemon zest
   Sauce (recipe follows)

   Roll out pastry to 1/4" thickness, and cut into 4"x4" squares (makes approximately 9). Place on a cookie sheet; pierce squares with a fork, and brush with sweetened egg wash. Bake at 375 degrees until puffed and golden. Sauté apple slices in butter in a large pan. Add sugar, cider, lemon juice, and zest. Sauté until apples are well browned.

Sauce:
   1 lb. mild chevre or goat fromage blanc, softened
   Few fresh blackberries, for garnish
   1/4 c. powdered sugar

   Place a dollop of softened chevre into each puff pastry square. Cover with sautéed apples and drizzle with berry sauce. Garnish each plate with a few fresh blackberries and sift a little powdered sugar over all. Makes about 9.

Casablanca Cooler

   4 oz ice
   8 oz. Mint or Peppermint iced tea
   4 oz. tropical juice (recipe follows)
   1 oz. peach syrup
   Combine ice, iced tea, tropical juice, and peach syrup in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a lid. Shake until cold and frothy. Pour into a tall iced tea glass.

Tropical juice

   1/3 pineapple juice, 2/3 orange juice, and a splash of peach syrup, or buy a frozen juice concentrate.