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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad


Recipe by Kirstin Jackson

Forgo the brown sugar and let the sweetness of winter squash speak for itself this holiday in a salad with fresh Greek manouri cheese, arugula and frisée, roasted pecans, and tarragon. The sweetness of the buttery and floral cheese and squash make a nice contrast to the lemony vinaigrette, lightening up the often-heavy fall flavors considerably.

2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and diced into ¾-inch cubes

1 tablespoon olive oil

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

2 ½ ounces pecans

1 head frisée, trimmed and washed

2 handfuls arugula, washed

4 sprigs tarragon, picked

1 medium-sized shallot, chopped fine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 ounces manouri cheese, crumbled

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350º

Spread butternut squash cubes in a single layer over a sheet baking pan and drizzle the olive oil. Sprinkle with nutmeg and salt, and roast in oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until squash is tender. Set aside to cool. While squash is cooking, roast pecans on a pan in oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.

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Pork Loin Stuffed with Turkey Sausage, Chard, and Sage


Recipe by Kirstin Jackson

When scalloped potatoes, yams, and pies are all supposed to be on the table in four hours, you may not want to bother with a bird that demands a lot of time and more oven space than the extra square footage a Hummer requires on the road. That’s where a juicy roasted pork loin stuffed with the requisite turkey fits the bill. Please don’t toss the cheese bits that leak from the center of the loin, they’re the ultimate comfort food and will sauce up the mashed potatoes or polenta on which you’ll rest the pork. There’s a good photo essay on how to “unroll” (or slice open) a pork loin at To find it, choose “explore” and “seasonal recipes,” then look at the Winter 2008 recipes for Bay Wolf Fennel Crusted and Stuffed Pork Rib Roast.

½ pound Italian turkey sausage, uncased

2 tablespoons canola oil

½ yellow onion, medium diced

1 bunch chard, washed, stems removed, and chopped finely

1½ tablespoon chopped sage

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3-pound boneless pork loin

2 teaspoons salt

Freshly ground pepper

3 ounces grated Havarti

Preheat oven to 350º

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Pear, Daikon, and Shiso Salad


This salad is a great way to use the hard Asian pears you find in the market this season. It was invented out of my sister’s late summer garden, where she had a bumper crop of daikon, a large Asian radish that, like all radishes, is a member of the large brassica family and thus kin to cabbage. Daikon is grown as both a spring and a fall crop, but if you can’t find it in the market, try substituting shredded cabbage. My sister also grows perilla, an Asian herb in the mint family better known to sushi-eaters by its Japanese name, shiso, which sometimes is translated on menus as “beefsteak leaf.” You could omit it and experiment with adding other fresh herbs, such as mint. Red shiso adds a distinctive pink tint and a flavor reminiscent of cinnamon, anise, and basil. We decided that the salad serves 8, but I could easily eat 2 portions and still go back for more.          —Cheryl Angelina Koehler

2 cups daikon, grated (or shredded cabbage)

½ teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic

2 cups pear, grated (choose hard but sweet, like Asian pears)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

40 red shiso leaves, cut in chiffonade (or mint)

1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

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Courtesy of Arthur Wall, executive chef for The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore

2 ounces duck fat

2 onions, thinly sliced

2 ounces bacon, thinly sliced

1 medium white cabbage, thinly sliced

12 juniper berries, chopped

20 black peppercorns, ground

1 sprig of thyme, chopped

1 bottle white wine

Heat duck fat in a sauté pan and cook onions and bacon over medium heat until onions are soft. Add spices. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and plunge the cabbage into it, removing and draining right away. Add it to onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add wine and stir. Cover pot and simmer for 1½ hours. Season with salt and serve. Serves 4.

Duck Breast

Courtesy of Arthur Wall, executive chef for The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore

Take a sharp knife and score the skin of the duck breast with three cuts each way across, creating a criss-cross pattern. Be sure to not go all the way through the skin to the meat. The purpose of the scoring is to expose the fat to help with rendering. Season with salt and pepper.

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