Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pearls and Lace~

Bocconcini Pearls:)

And Arugula Lace:)

All kidding aside..Laura..Miss Flowers..first introduced me to the pearls..I finally found some..sooo cute!

You will love her blog..I have MANY recipes dogeared:)

I thought they would be a nice addition to an arugula salad.. w/ Anna Olsen's sugared pecans and caramelized onions..

I have never made an Anna Olsen recipe I have not thoroughly enjoyed~ Remember the sandwich cake? I loved that idea of hers..It was such a nice addition to Noah's Baby Shower~

Here is the pecan recipe..
Easiest I have ever made..

Maple Toasted Pecans

* 2 cup pecan halves
* 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
* 1 tsp ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Toss pecans with maple syrup and black pepper to coat. Spread pecans on prepared tray and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, without stirring, until toasted. Once cooled the maple syrup will caramelize onto pecans.
2. Store pecans in an airtight container for up to a month.

And the delicious onions~

Pickled Red Onions

* 4 cup sliced red onions
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/3 honey
* 1 cup dry white wine
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1 tsp salt

1. Simmer all ingredients, uncovered, over medium heat until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated.
2. Pickled red onions will keep for up to 6 weeks, refrigerated

Jacques made his perfect balsamic vinaigrette.. and it was a great little salad.. we had grilled Mahi- Mahi.. broccoli and home baked fries to go with the salad:)


  1. Can't wait to make this one, perfect for dinner tonight! You have so many great recipes...
    joy c.

  2. A beautiful salad, and the little pearls are a perfect addition.

    Walla Walla sweet onions are in the market, all ready for a recipe of pickled onions. Delicious post.

  3. A perfect title for the Gorgeous salad.

  4. I have never seen those pearls. Beautiful salad.

  5. On voit que l'été arrive et avec lui le joli temps des salades et j'adore !!!

  6. Gorgeous photos! That looks delicious!

  7. I finally found the little pearls at a local grocery store..The possibilities are endless~
    Thank you!

  8. I just saw the pearls at my favorite store. They are so cute. The pecans sound wonderful too. I will make this :) I had a big salad for dinner (I am still in wedding reception diet mode). One down - three to go!

  9. This salad is just beautiful. The combination of pearl onions and candied pecans takes salad to a whole nother level. Very, very nice.

  10. I saw a beautiful salad and my name, and was just hoping you made it for me!

    Alas, I must make my own. This one is so delicious looking that I think I'll make it for lunch today.

  11. Mmmmm I am here groaning out loud for all of these things you made and put together! Wow so fabulous!