Middle South

October, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

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.

Recipes

Warm Pear-Pecan Salad
This seasonal treat is my favorite salad of all time.

Ingredients
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

Preparation
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.

Serves 2.

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