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Recipe: Sparkling Pear Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sparkling Pear Champagne Cocktail

This sparkling cocktail is the perfect way to ring in the New Year or any special occasion.

2 cocktails

2 oz pear juice (no added sugar)
2 oz Poire Williams (pear brandy)
8 oz chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or Cava)
thinly sliced fresh pear, for garnish (optional)

Pour the pear juice and Poire Williams into two Champagne flutes. Top with Champagne. Garnish with fresh pear slices.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Wildcat Cocktail

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallot Vinaigrette

We love this healthy and delicious Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallot Vinaigrette recipe, a gluten free, vegetarian dish great for the holidays!

Ingredients

2 cups Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes (see notes)
for the salad
8 cups baby spinach
1 firm pear, thinly sliced
1 cup toasted walnuts
3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste
freshly chopped parsley
sea salt and pepper to taste
for the dressing
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
pinch of fine sea salt
drizzle of honey
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

Directions

Roast the sweet potatoes (see notes)

Assemble the spinach, pear and roasted sweet potatoes in a large bowl or serving platter.

Place all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar or bowl. Shake or whisk the ingredients to combine. Adjust ingredients to taste.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad, top with the walnuts and goat cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with some fresh parsley and serve.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Apple Pear Betty

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Wildcat Cocktail

This festive cocktail has all the flavors or a winter’s celebration: pear, bourbon, pine and cinnamon!

1 cocktail

2 slices canned or fresh, soaked pears
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces bourbon
1/4 ounce pine liqueur
pinch coriander seeds
pinch of ground cinnamon
dried fig for garnish

Core & slice pears. Soak pears in a jar with water, lemon juice & simple syrup for a few hours or overnight. Alternatively you can use canned pears to save time.
In a cocktail shaker muddle 2 slices of pear. Add lemon juice, bourbon, pine liqueur, coriander & cinnamon. Cover cocktail shaker & shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass. Top with dried fig & another pinch of ground cinnamon.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallot Vinaigrette

We love this healthy and delicious Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallot Vinaigrette recipe, a gluten free, vegetarian dish great for the holidays!

4-6 servings

2 cups Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes (see notes)
–for the salad
8 cups baby spinach
1 firm pear, thinly sliced
1 cup toasted walnuts
3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste
freshly chopped parsley
sea salt and pepper to taste
–for the dressing
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
pinch of fine sea salt
drizzle of honey
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

Roast the sweet potatoes (see notes)
Assemble the spinach, pear and roasted sweet potatoes in a large bowl or serving platter.
Place all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar or bowl. Shake or whisk the ingredients to combine. Adjust ingredients to taste.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad, top with the walnuts and goat cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with some fresh parsley and serve.

Use this recipe for Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Apple Pear Betty

We love this fruit filled apple Pear Betty recipe, an irresistible rustic dessert that’s great for holiday entertaining. Comes together quickly!

6 to 8 servings

1 stick unsalted butter, plus more to grease the dish
2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs or panko
2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
2 Honey Crisp apples, thinly sliced
2 firm pears
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
–for serving
toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Pre heat the oven to 375˚
Prepare a 2 quart baking dish with baking spray or softened butter.
Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Bring the butter to a boil, let it foam then settle. Stir occasionally until brown flecks appear, 5-6 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl immediately.
In another bowl, toss the apples and pears with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Next, toss with the 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon and salt. Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Toss the breadcrumbs with the browned butter. Scatter 1/3 of this mixture onto the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the fruit mixture. Repeat with another layer of breadcrumbs, then fruit, then finish with the top layer being the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar.
Bake, covered with foil for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the apples and pears are almost soft and the filling is bubbling.
Remove the foil and increase the temperature to 400˚ Continue to bake until the top is golden brown and the fruit is softened, another 10-15 minutes.
Let cool 15 minutes and top with toasted nuts. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or both!

~ Marla Meridith