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Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Amy is a teacher in suburban Boston with far too many cookbooks, her Grandmother's meat grinder and canning jars, and a new Wolf stove. She appreciates cuisines from around the world, with a particular fondness for French, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. Tweaking her cooking and eating habits resulted long-lasting weight loss and health benefits, proving that living well still tastes good. An old hobby is knitting; and a newer one is canning preserves. Read more from Amy on her blog, Destination Anywhere.

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Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Prosciutto

By Jerry

For my pear dish I really wanted to make something savoury. I automatically turned to blue cheese since in my mind it is one of the perfect foils for pears. Happily the Flavor Bible agreed! In this recipe I used the following 'flavours' suggested by Page and Dornenburg: Gorgonzola cheese, cinnamon, honey, canola oil, prosciutto, salads - greens, walnuts.

I wanted a combination of flavours and textures in this salad - crisp/salty prosciutto, the creamy gorgonzola cheese, crisp greens, crunchy walnuts, a sweet pear based dressing, and the roasted pear. We had this for dinner last night and I must say it was pretty amazing - mind you, what could go wrong with this combination of ingredients? *smile*


Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Prosciutto

4 thin slices prosciutto
1 large, ripe pear, cut in half and cored
4 T gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup shelled walnuts
4 cups salad greens

1/4 cup pear juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp grainy mustard
1 T honey
2 T white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp finely chopped shallot
2 T canola oil

Freshly grated pepper

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the prosciutto on a baking sheet and bake until crisp - about 5 minutes. Gently lay on paper towels. Set aside.

Lower the heat to 350 degrees.

Place the pears, skin side down, in a baking dish. Mound the gorgonzola cheese in the cavity created when the core was removed. Bake for 15 minutes (or until tender). (note: you may find that some of the cheese has run out of the cavity - just spoon it back in)

Toast the walnuts.

Mix the dressing ingredients together. Check for taste - I didn't add any salt but you may wish to do so.

Arrange the salad greens on 2 plates. Carefully layer the crisp prosciutto on top of the greens. Place the bake pear on top of the prosciutto. Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts. Drizzle with dressing. Serve with a sprinkle of freshly grated pepper.

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Comments (2)

It's breakfast time here, I have all these ingredients, and regardless what you all think, I'm considering this seriously for breakfast right now. What a great combination!

Yum! And those big pieces of proscuitto make my mouth water.

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