Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November~Deep Purple~Poached Pear & Chicken Salad

You know I don't like orange. {and chickens!  :) }  I thought I would get away from the orange and rusts this week, and do purple.

I took a white reticulated pedestal bowl filled it with a leaf garland, purple mums, dusty miller from my yard, and mini white pumpkins from Tues. Morning.

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I started with a deep purple cloth from CTS, white chargers from Noritake years ago, and purple plates from le Wal Mart.

Clearance, 1.50

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The dark purple dotted plate is made in Portugal from Pier One, clearance a few months ago, 1.68

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The Italian bakers in deep purple are from HG.  I recently found some in blue at CTS for less than half of what I paid in HG!

The flatware is gold, purple and gold are fallish, and I never remember to use the gold.  It is by Farberware. 

I used a purple and a white napkin with a purple flower ring from BBB, clearance .99

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Gold spreaders, a gift from The Tablescaper, and little white butter plates from CTS.

I have white turkey salt and peppers, but they flew the coop, or they are up  high and I didn't feel like climbing the ladder, so I caught these birdies from Pier One and pressed them into duty.

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The purple stems are from Villeroy and Boch when they closed their store here in  Southampton.

With only one more week till Thanksgiving , I know many of us are thinking Christmas.

I also know many of you have been looking at magazines and Pinterest for ideas.


Instead of doing a Winter White party this year, I would like you to find a Holiday  tablescape  you like from a mag or the net, and recreate it.  It can be simple or elaborate, your call.  The party will be on Dec. 14th.  I will be celebrating 3 years of blogging, and there will be a giveaway to go along with it. 

So start thinking about it, I hope it will be fun.  Are you up for the challenge?

Show us the original and your take on it. 

I know it is a busy time of year, so no pressure if you can't join in.

I haven't found mine yet, so I will be looking for one too!


We have dinner salads here about once a week.

I add in chicken, or shrimp or steak.

This time I poached some pears in a little butter, cinnamon , sugar and apricot liqueur. 

I pounded the chicken cutlets thin, seasoned them and dredged in flour, yes, just flour, no egg or anything.

Brown them in a little oil, remove to a paper towel, and slice when cool enough.

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Toss baby spinach in a bit of sugar and salt and pepper to taste.  Sliced red onions,  crumbled bacon, feta cheese, or another to your liking, Foley,:)  sliced tomatoes , etc.  Arrange the sliced chicken on top of your other ingredients, place the poached  pears on top, and pour the rest of the poaching liquid over the salad.  Top with toasted nuts.

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If you think you might play along for the throw down, let me know.  If I get at least 10 it's a go.  The more the merrier but it doesn't have to be the event of the season!  :)

I have this adorable Cookie Exchange kit from WSonoma.  I know some of you do cookie exchanges, this would be great.  And maybe some have thought about having one, so do it!

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Open to all followers who are interested, just leave one comment saying you want in, ,no tweeting, bleating, face booking  etc. easy!

Winner announced this weekend so I can get it into the mail .

I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday

Gollum for Foodie Friday

Sherry for Open House Friday

Diann for Thrifty Things Friday

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Beautiful table ~ I love the color of the tablecloth and also those tiny little pumpkins.

  2. LOL - don't understand why you want to ruin that fantastic salad with feta!! Would love to dig into it right now.
    Love the purple and gold..my high school colors.
    I'll look at some ideas for a tablescape - you know you must mean alot to me if I do a tablescape..not my speciality.
    Count me in on the cookie exchange kit, that is one thing I do every year at Christmas.

  3. I think the purple and gold depict fall just as much as oranges. Beautiful table, as always, Kathleen. Love the centerpiece...between the hot, dry summer and the frost we have had, there are no flowers left in the front yard! When I first looked at the salad plate I thought they were reticulated and the purple of the dinner plate was showing through!

    Yes, I am up to your challenge!

    You may toss my name in for the cookie exchange kit, too.

  4. Your table is fabulous and I love your dinner salad, put extra feta on mine, please! You can add my name to the giveaway, but I am not sure about the challenge - lack of materials!! But I will still be celebrating your blogaversary. xo

  5. This is so pretty Kathleen. I can't believe you even have purple china and those pretty purple bakers. Oh, and the pretty flower napkin rings too. The tablecloth is so pretty, and the contrast of the white pumpkins is perfect with it. Your party sounds like fun. laurie

  6. Forgot to tell you that I'd love to try the challenge. laurie

  7. Hey, little woman! That salad looks so good right now. I am SO hungry, and it contains a lot of my favorites. I would love to serve that for luncheon some time. I think it's light enough for that? It sure is pretty! The ladies would love it. Those are pretty cool plates from Le WalMart! ;-) Certainly if you frequent Le WalMart, you MUST visit Jacque Penney (JC Penney!), too! I have actually found some cool stuff (surprisingly!) at JC Penney. They recently closed the outlet store here, though. :-( I am going to try to join in on the photo recreation party. I still have to catch up for Thanksgiving!!! But I am going to try really hard. It sounds like fun! I've often looked at photos and thought, "I could recreate that if I wanted." Now's my chance to put up or shut up! :-)

  8. I really love the purple for fall also. Nice change of pace and with the white accents it is lovely. I would love to join in your Christmas table inspiration party. I will start looking for photos now!
    hugs, Linda

  9. I like to use purple for fall, Kathleen. With all the white details and the touch of fall leaves, you've created an elegant setting for sure. I'm partial to the white pumpkins. Love the shape of the Italian bakers.
    ~ Sarah

  10. Love the deep purple. I just got an oval baker in that color...couldn't resist. Your table looks great. The challenge sounds like so much fun. I'm guessing I'll not be able to participate but miracles do happen. I'll be in N.C. the first two weeks of December so I'll be way behind with Christmas this year...
    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  11. Beautiful table. I love the purple. Ginger

  12. You know I love purple and gold, so this definitely works for me.

    I think the party is a fine idea, and I will be there with bells on. I think I already know the one I want to do.

    I am saving the salad photo and instructions -- it really a great presentation.


  13. Kathleen, I really like your different take on fall colours! Lovely centerpiece and dishes atop the most fabulous tablecloth - love it! Those square Italian bakers would be fun to serve soup in. I'm not sure yet if I'll have time to do a "copy" tablescape but sure would love to try if I can squeeze it in.


  14. I love the deep shades of purple that remind me of eggplants...so pretty. I think purple is a great fall color. Have you seen the purples and golds they are using at World Market for fall? Just beautiful, so I'd say you are rather trendy! What a fun challenge to have. I'm in and I love your giveaway. What a cute idea! I have those sweet birds from Pier 1 also...just love them!

  15. Love the colors of your table Kathleen!
    And of course I will join in your blog party, sounds fun and I already did a copycat table so I am sure I can find another too,.
    Pick me for that cute cookie thingy!

  16. I love the purple, but have hardly anything purple. Why? LOL

    I like your party idea, and will be looking forward to the copycat tables created. I probably won't have the time to participate. I hope you'll host a similar party in February!

  17. Count me in for the challenge, although it will be a big challenge for me, I barely got through the whites, LOL!

  18. As alwways you table is perfection. Fantastic and kind of similar to the salad I am posting next week; great minds.

  19. I look forward to your party challenge but as a viewer. Likely won't get around to creating anything. I can not believe the deals you guys get down there.
    As I have whined about before how a clearance price here is when they take 20% off the much too high price to begin with.
    That salad makes my mouth water though and has all the things I love. I never use egg, just the flour and some good olive oil.

  20. I am loving the purple, Kathleen!

  21. Love the purple Kathleen and thanks for giving me an idea of what to do with the Italian Bakers. I would love to take part in the tablescape challenge.

  22. I love the purple. It's a great harvest color and so underutilized. Happy to see you're using the gold spreaders. You are so right about the gold flatware. I rarely remember to use mine. And we're always out there looking for other colors! LOL!

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Hi lovely lady.
    Your tablescape is gorgeous with the purple dishes Kathleen,I also like your party idea, I will be looking forward to the copycat tables created party.Also Your salad makes my mouth go yummy.
    I hope you have a great week with your family
    XXOO Diane

  24. The dinner salad is such a good idea and looks delicious. The table setting is gorgeous. Interesting idea for the throw down...I will have to look through the magazines.

  25. Love the purple on your beautiful table. Challenge accepted! I will be looking for an inspiration table to try and recreate! I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving dear friend :)

  26. Beautiful table with all those purples! I like that as a fall color! Your copycat Holiday idea sounds like a great idea and I would love to win the Cookie Exchange kit! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  27. love your non orange table! Purple is such a regal color. I love what you've done with your centerpiece too. Happy thanksgivings.. xo marlis

  28. Today, I went with "Flirt with orange, but don't embrace it." I agree, I'm really not a big fan of orange, either. The purple is so rich and elegant...works great with your white pumpkins. Thanks for another great recipe...I'm going to have a Cuisine Kathleen cookbook. I know exactly to whom I'm going for the copycat Holiday meme....such fun. I'll create it for one of several gatherings that I'm hosting. Cherry Kay

  29. I knew we were kindred spirits - I don't really like orange either (love the white pumpkins for fall we have now) This is so pretty. That shade of purple is definitely a fall shade. This is the second table I have visited tonight that used that shade. I have those ruffled plates too. I just love them.

    Your comments on my wedding reception were so funny! Joni always says she thinks you are the funniest blogger out there. I have to agree! Have a wonderful day.

  30. oops, yes the challenge sounds fun!

  31. You are a blog superstar with all these comments. Oh my. Great table. Fantastic finds on the white plates with purple dots. Whimsical and fallish. Purple chargers from Walmart? Who knew?! Inspiring design. Thanks for posting! ~CJ

  32. Oh, my...that salad looks luscious. I love a good salad and all the Feta I can get on it...the only cheese in the world I don't like is that one that starts with an M...

    IF I can find a Christmas tablescape using things similar to the table items I have, I would love to join in on the 14th.
    I now have a BEAUTIFUL Christmas table runner...:))) Maybe I can find something I might recreate. I'll be looking.
    xo bj

  33. Beautiful table! Love the colors of purple and gold--very autumn and rich-looking.
    The holiday challenge sounds like a lot of fun! I think it would be a great one to participate in!

  34. What a stunning table, so unique. Love the color scheme you've chosen. From our home to yours Happy Thanksgiving.. hugs ~lynne~

  35. Stunning Kathleen, you're the best! I love the purple idea, very different and so elegant and inviting. I love the Italian bakers and the dot plates, so cute!
    Congrats on three years, wow! Thanks for the party invite and for the giveaway. Lots of hugs,

  36. Oh, the salad looks fabulous! I'm glad I saw it as I was not sure what to do for Thanksgiving salad, I do love to change a little the yearly menu. Thanks sweetie, it is yummy looking! Hugs, FABBY

  37. The colors are simply beautiful...love the purple and adore the dotted plates...I had to laugh, sometimes I don't have the energy to dig out something too...thanks for sharing

  38. oh my, what a gorgeous table! Your colors are just stunning and oh so, brilliant, such a fabulous look! That salad looks scrumptious, one I'd like to have right now!

  39. Oh Darlin, I love the purple and the white truly pops against it. It's just beautiful but most of all I'm quite smitten with those little mini~white~punkin's.

    The salad looks magnificent...what time ya servin'??? Heeehehe!

    God bless and enjoy this wonderful day sweetie!!! :o)

  40. Very beautiful table! My daughter loves purple and it will be a big part of her wedding celebration.

    I was in New Hampshire this weekend and what was right next to the hotel? A Christmas Tree Shop! I went in to shop, but I didn't find the wonderful bargains you seem to find, Kathleen. Still, I spent enough $ in there...lol!

    I will check out my magazines and try to see if I can join in your blog party idea.

  41. I have forwarded the "Kreativ Blogger" Award to you. Your photos are always beautiful and the food absolutely mouth-watering! Lana www.lifeatwildberrycottage.com You will see it in the post. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

  42. I'm not sure how orange spilled over from Halloween to Thanksgiving, but I am always happy to see a different color! Love the purple you used and it makes a very dramatic backdrop for the little white pumpkins.

    I think dinner salads are a wonderful alternative to a regular meal. Yours looks scrumptious!

  43. I love purple and gold. I wish my Walmart had purple plates! They just got in their fall plates last week! I am jealous of all your bargains. Great shopping!

    Robin Flies South

    I like your magazine copy idea! Sounds like a fun challenge!

  44. Please put my name in the hat for the giveaway. I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks!

    Mary L

  45. This is the my first time to your blog and am I ever glad I came. I was enticed by your beautiful salad on Foodie Friday. I can hardly wait to make it. If it tastes as good as it looks well its a winner in my book. Also LOVED your tablescape. And I love purple! Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Your whole post was off the charts. I'll be back!

  46. PS....Count me IN for your tablescape challenge for Dec. 14. What fun this will be!!!

  47. Love the pretty colors on your table K, a nice change for Fall! The cookie exchange kit is really cute! I'll look for a nice easy Tablescape or place setting to copy, hope to be able to play along:@)

  48. Well, first, I love your table with all that deep purple. I was thinking about going deep pink/plum this year for Thanksgiving but I never got around to finding everything I wanted so I shucked it. I also love the pear salad. I was looking for a fallish salad when I thought my luncheon club was coming here. This would have been perfect. I'm pinning it so as not to forget it for January when they do come.

    The tablescape party sounds fun. If I can get those ducks of mine in a row, you'll see me here.

  49. What a beautiful table Kathleen! and dinner looks delicious too! Hope all's well - it's getting chilly here on Long Island!

  50. Kathleen, the purple is so pretty. I love the little bakers and the salad looks scrumptious (love the feta too!). Kathleen, I am a fence sitter on the tablescape challenge -- don't count me as a yes yet. I would have to find something first. I do like orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving and the color of orange pumpkins and gourds gives me a thrill! Joni

  51. Well you didn't totally get award from orange but I love how the little bit of orange looks with the purple in your centerpiece and tablecloth. I love purple too.

    What a delicious salad! I've been eating lots of pears lately but forget to use them in salad.

  52. Oh yes, count me in please, Kathleen. I love your tablescape. Purple is another color I really like and your plates are really pretty. The salad looks really good and simple enough that I can probably even make it. Happy Thanksgiving!...Christine

  53. wow what can I say..so lovely, cozy and wowww!

    bloghopping here from Susan's blog! hope to see you around!

  54. I've got to try the salad. It look delicious. I'd love to say yes to the challenge, but I know December will run away from me. I can't wait to see what my creative blog friend come up with.

  55. I love the purple as an alternative colour, it still gives the essence of richness without the orange-y. And that salad looks delish!

  56. Just dropped by to say hello! You have set a grand table as always!!! Wishing you a wonderful Thanks giving! Cathy

  57. Id like to wish everyone whose blog that i visit a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family's, and thank you for being a reader to mine. Richard from Amish Stories.

  58. What a beautiful table, Kathleen. I love the purple and white with the pretty green and gold accents. What a yummy salad. I think I have almost everything for it in the fridge. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and very Happy Thanksgiving.

  59. G'morning, Sunshine,
    When you have time, come on over...I am showing off my great gifts you sent my way. :))
    xo bj

  60. Such a pretty tablescape, Kathleen -- love the tablecloth, and especially the ruffled plates and little bakers! And your salad looks delicious, you always make the most yummy things. Too bad I missed your giveaway, but I'm sure the winner will love it! Take care.

  61. Oh, I DO want in, Kathleen! Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving!

  62. Oh, that salad looks soo yummy! Thank you for sharing!! Happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen!!

  63. Purple table looks rich and elegant. Love it. Your salad looks good too. You know table settings aren't my forte, but I love a challenge :-) I'm sure mine will be on the simple side but going to see what I can do.


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