Winter Gathering


My 2017 Winter Gathering was a little different from past years. I spent a lot less time running around with my camera, and a lot more time connecting with people that I love. It didn't hurt that by the time all of the dishes were prepared, the sun had long gone down so my natural light was no more. 

I've known this for a long time, but my community of humans is a flower among thorns. So this year I focused on the joy and laughter around me. I'll be posting a lot more photos with recipe reviews for the ravioli & chocolate tart, soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this winter salad recipe. 



On the menu

Whole Wheat Sourdough  |  Winter Salad (recipe below)  |  Pork Ravioli  |  Chocolate Tart w/ mascarpone & caramel


Winter Salad

This is an easy salad to whip up as a side for a busy week day night. I like to make a big batch of the dressing to have on hand.



1/4c extra virgin olive oil
2T balsamic vinegar
1t dijon
1/2 shallot, chopped
1T garlic aioli or heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste


2 heads lacinto kale
1 green apple
2 carrots, julienned
parmesan cheese
slivered almonds


  1. Blend all dressing ingredients together in a food processor. 
  2. Remove leaves from ribs of kale. Chop leaves coarsely, and ribs finely. Toss kale leaves and ribs in a large bowl with dressing and let sit while preparing other ingredients.
  3. Slice apples thinly and julienne carrots. Combine all remaining ingredients with the kale mixture. Serve immediately. 
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