Salad with Chevre, Dates and Nuts; and more about moi! — 27 Comments

  1. What wonderful news! Cranberries in your next of the woods. Yes, indeed, winter holidays in the USA seem better with a little cranberry here and there. I am so happy for you and your 5 bags of fun!

  2. That salad looks fantastic. What gorgeous looking goat’s cheese! Good idea to put in dates. (I’ve had pears or raspberrries or dried cranberries in spinach salad but never dates.) I bet a little bit of thinly sliced red onion would be a nice addition too.
    And great list, Katie! I want that kitchen too! (And you were worried about how to deal with the “K”!?) Thanks for playing.

  3. You’re so funny, Katie. Thanks for sharing all that. And I am so envious of your nut trees and that you have fresh cranberries there.

  4. I hope you have fun thinking of what to do with all those cranberries! Love the sound of this combination. Of course anything with Chevre is great with me! Same for nuts, so this is a double winner.

  5. It was a mistake LOL you kill me. The salad looks great I often do dried cranberries, young spinach, walnuts, blue cheese and sweet raspberry vinaigrette. Dates, not my thing.
    Cranberries freeze really well too so go get another 5 bags so you can enjoy them for months. I stock up this time of year and use them for a year.

  6. Lannae, I still can’t believe my luck. Whether or not they’ll ever be availble again is an entirely different story!
    Thank you, Peter…I think… 😉
    Thaks, Jeni, it was a good salad, kind of a ‘winter’ salad.
    Elizabeth, thanks! I always start dreaming about that kitchen when the weather turns cold here. We even looked into having the Aga ‘redone’. (It was very old) Alas, it was not to be…sigh…
    Nora, I’m really enjoying the nut trees – no work and lots of food. I’m so happy with my cranberries – even if they never have them again!
    Lucy, it was a wonderful kitchen…
    Kalyn, it’s rather ironic: they’re such an unexpected treat that I’m almost afraid to decide what to do with them. I’ll get over. it!
    Shayne, I just might do that! There was only one box there and I didn’t want to be too greedy! But next week!
    Lydia, it was the same in Minnesota. It was such an eye-opener after we first moved to realize all the things I had taken for granted. I knew it would be the case on an intellectual level – just not on the ‘real-life’ level.
    And, I’ve really been hooked on it, too. The fact that it’s a bit lower in fat and healthier just adds to it’s appeal!

  7. Ah, this salad sounds like just the thing I need after a couple of days of turkey, dressing and mashed potoatoes, although I am not complaining – it was delicious. Now the planning for Christmas begins! I am so glad you found those cranberries. Amazing what thrills us nowadays. I am with you on the kitchen. I remember cooking on a woodburning stove at my grandmothers in the country – many, many years ago! Ah…

  8. Your salad is making my mouth water! But it was reading yuor acrostic that made me go “ah!” Now I know why I like you so….Anal Retentive – that’s so me! I keep trying to back off…not happening. 🙂

  9. Cute meme.
    I can really relate to your excitement on the cranberries. Last year I went in a few days after Thanksgiving to get a big bag to make juice with and they were all gone. This year I’ve bought 10 bags and squirreled them away in the freezer; makes me feel really rich.
    If you never had cranberry juice from fresh berries, I’ll give you a clue it is 100 times better than anything from a bottle. I have an excellent cranberry coffee cake recipe that I’ll use for some of mine.
    Gorgeous salad! Spinach & goat cheese are totally high on my list.

  10. I’m entirely with you on the cranberry issue. Intend on buying lots next month and freezing them!

  11. Deb, I love this time of year – between Thanksgiving and Christmas! So much to do and all fun (usually). I do miss the big turkey dinner…
    Chris, that’s funny…takes one to know one, eh?
    Tanna, I have to go through the 5 bags I bought and make sure they’re okay… What with shipping and all one can’t be sure. Plus the French don’t refrigerate produce…
    That coffee cake sounds good – hint, hint…
    Wendy, you can get them in Scotland?????

  12. Isn’t it funny, the things we take for granted? I have cranberries at any one of 5 grocers nearby, but no nut tree for me!

  13. We’ve been able to get Ocean Spray cranberry juice around here for the past year or two, so maybe the actual berries aren’t far behind. I think I’d be happier about seeing that than some American products that are making inroads!

  14. Thanks, Tanns, got it!
    Kristen, sigh….
    Cindy, I have learned a lot about ‘taking for granted’ in the last 10 years hahaha!
    Betty, no cranberry juice here… but I can get a syrop with cranberry in it…

  15. That is a very nice salad! 🙂 Recently I eat different variations of the same fruit, cheese, nut and leaf salad… I don’t have enough yet.
    Have a great evening, Margot

  16. This is such a tasty yet easy to make salad. I also like to add some red onion to my salads.
    I love cold cranberry juice as a drink but haven’t attempted to use them in other ways. I guess I am missing out so will add it to my list of things to try.

  17. Spinach, chevre, a nut and a dried fruit, all kicked up with a robust vinaigrette. Ideal!
    I’d almost kill for an Aga. Not only are they built like battleships, but all those funky colors!

  18. Thanks, Margot. I like the combination of dried fruits and nuts with cheese – a winter salad. I never eat it in summer!
    Wanda, red onion would have been good – thanks for the idea. Cranberries are great in lots os stuff…sauce, bread, pie..
    Susan, I want an Aga soooo badly. The one in that house would have been over 10,000 dollars new. (So not in my future) It was going to cost us about 3500 to refurbish it. They take it all apart, dip, clean, paint and put it back together. Big operation in Ireland for Aga re-do’s!

  19. When I first saw the Ocean Spray in the picture, I thought you might be in the US for a vacation — then I scrolled down and saw the French label! Don’t know why it surprises me in the least. Last week at the grocery, they had a sale of three frozen pizzas for $9, and the demostrator said they were made in Italy — sure enough I looked at the label and they were. For $3, each pizza was made in Italy, shipped to Alaska, and somebody in there made a profit. But I digress. The salad sounds delicious — nuts, cheese, and fruit on one plate, I agree with you completely they are one of the world’s perfect combinations. Thanks for posting!

  20. Laurie, How do they do that? More importantly, why do they do that? Oh well, I’ll just be happy that I found my cranberries 🙂