Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A New Adventure.....

Tonight I join the millions of bloggers and become a Bloggin' Betty!

At the urging of my friends at What's For Dinner and More, I have taken the leap..I have no idea where I will land, but I know they will be there to help pick me up! I hope to learn from them, and they are willing teachers. We share many of the same interests, and although most of us have never met, there is a strong sense of friendship...

I hope the name isn't too lame, but all my genius ideas for a name...well, lots of other geniuses had the same idea!

I like to cook..set the table and SHOP!..I love a bargain, and if 1 is good 3 or 4 are better!

I am not a recipe follower, like to "wing" things and hope for the best..

If I have something in a restaurant that I like...I will try to recreate it, Dr. Frankenstein has nothing on me! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!

I saw this in BHG magazine, Nov 08 issue, and decided to give it a try...

Vertical Pear Salad


It's a keeper...

Vertical Pear Salad
- 4 smooth skinned pears
- 2-3 cups water cress ..I used baby spinach-
1/2 cup toasted pecans used walnuts,
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese ..I used feta
- vinagrette dressing (your choice: raspberry vinagrette?.)
- honey
- lemon juice
- Cut pears horizontally into four slices each. Use a knife to cut out the cores so the pieces look like donuts. Leave the stem on the top piece. Brush lemon juice on each cut side of the pieces.
- Toss the pecans, blue cheese, water cress, and dressing until coated.
- Reassemble the pear, vertically, with the watercress salad in between each slice. Once assembled, Drizzle with honey.

Phew, now Jain can't nag me anymore! :) I meant encourage...


  1. Your savvy..not to mention nana knowledge will be so appreciated in my own little blogger section!

    I love the way you write..the kids are are crafty AND you can cook:) What more could we want?
    You will see will love this..
    That Jain.. she gave us roots to grow..and then wings to fly!
    Our Blog Mom:)
    Have fun Kathleen!

  2. oh how fun kathleen, you are a total natural at this, you are funny, write well and love to cook and shop, oh wait, its like we are one and the same with the same interests?! welcome aboard and we are all here to help you.

    my first commandment of the day, get BB over here and lets give him a chance at stardom!

  3. ps, i gotta make that pear too.

    and i see you make everyone else take the eye test!

  4. Blog Mom! That's good...
    Thank you, Monique...Now I have to learn the fine details...

  5. OK, at 2 a.m. I gave up on the fine tuning...I will get to it, I promise...Guide me!

  6. Yippee, Kathleen! I can't wait to see more of Cuisine Kathleen. Your pear salad is a great start - I loved it from the start :)

  7. Cute title for your blog, Kathleen ... I wondered when you would take the Ieap. I look forward to reading your blog regularly ... a good way to brighten up dreary days.

    I hope we get a chance to see more pictures of your tablesettings, food, and great bargains.

  8. Congratulations Kathleen!! I'm so HAPPY you made the leap, you will be a NATURAL at this with your wonderful style and wit.

    That vertical pear salad looks divine; I hope I can find some pears worthy of presenting that way. Very ingenious!

    I'm looking forward to following along with your blog; I cook the way you do 95% of the time... I wing it, too.

    This morning I discovered the list of my favorite blogs, and some other things, are missing from my blog page. I didn't do a thing to change it, but poof they are gone although they show up for me "behind" the scenes. As soon as I can figure out the problem, I'll add your blog to my favorites.

    Yippee, I'm so happy you've joined us! :)

  9. hey, Bloggin' Betty! Good to see you on your blog. You know I am looking forward to your adventures in blogging!

    Love, your friend, Blow torch Betty!

  10. What a nice surprise...I have been gone all day and come home to see all the WFDers left me a message!!
    Thanks for the good wishes, and yes, I will be asking for help!!
    I am clueless, but you experts will show me! :)

  11. Kathleen, what a wonderful thing that you started a blog too! I've been telling you...those Tuesday tablesetting gals have nothing on you! I look forward to everything you have to offer - I love your humor, your teaching stories, your "craftiness" with decorating & tablesetting and you are the BARGAIN QUEEN! I will add you to my sidebar and look forward to future posts.

  12. Congrats Kathleen! I know you will do a superb job with your table settings and bargain shopping...let alone your cooking!!
    Good Luck Betty!!! ;)

  13. Wooohooo! I like it :-) I think your name is great too. Gotta love an unexpected rhyme. Great first post. I'm proud of you for taking the leap. You're a natural and you will have your audience rolling in the aisles.

  14. Kathleen, I swore I would not follow another blog, they are taking way too much of my time but I just discovered yours and I love it. You have such a fantastic sense of humor and a great writing style, so what's a few more minutes out of my day? ;-)

  15. Thanks, Ladies of wfd, and welcome Penny! Thanks for stopping by to read!

  16. wow! this pear salad is amazing!


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