Leaf Peeper's Guides
Planning a road trip to soak up the colors of fall? The Forest Service has up-to-date color reports on the most popular viewing routes on their Fall Colors for 2003 -- Southern Region site, or you can call (800) 354-4595 for automated phone information. Also check out the Carolina Autumn site for information on some of the finest fall drives in the region.
Warm Pear-Pecan Salad
This seasonal treat is my favorite salad of all time.
1 teaspoon butter
1 Anjou or Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons pecans, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons Asiago, feta, or goat cheese, crumbled or cut into small chunks
4 cups mixed salad greens
In a medium-sized, non-stick pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Arrange the pear slices in the pan in a single layer. Cook for 3 minutes, and gently turn over the slices. Add the pecans to the pan and cook for another 3 minutes. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the pears and pecans, and mix lightly as the sugar melts. Remove from heat and set aside. Mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, and honey together in a small bowl. Arrange the salad greens on two plates. Top the greens with the warm pears and pecans and the cheese. Drizzle the dressing over the salads and serve.