Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pear Salad and the CIA

Today marks a very big event...my girls start their first real job.  It has been a process, but we got the news last week that they are officially hired!!

It was a great life lesson experience for them...after a very extensive application process, interview, math test, drug test, fingerprinting and background check.  So after successfully completing all of that, not only are they are approved to work concessions, I'm quite certain they have gone through the necessary stages to also work for the CIA.  

I have never seen such a process just to be able to sell candy and officiate a volleyball game.  Now I know I am getting old...things have certainly changed since I got my first job at 16.

Since empty nest syndrome is slowly creeping in even more at our house, looks like our dinners and meals will continue to become simplified.  So, here's a great salad we enjoyed during one of our home alone nights.

Pear Salad

1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 Tbls. olive oil
1 Tbl. fresh lemon juice
1 head green leaf lettuce (about 6 cups), cut into bite size pieces
1/2 pear, cored and thinly sliced
4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Heat saute pan/skillet on medium heat.  Add the pecans and lightly toast until become fragrant and golden brown.

In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper and whisk until well blended.

In a large serving bowl, place the lettuce leaves and pears.  Add the mixed salad dressing and toss.   Plate the salad on individual plates and top with toasted pecans and Gorgonzola cheese.

(Makes 2 dinner size salads or 4 side salads)

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