Sunday, September 27, 2009


The humble celery stalk has been used as an aromatic in soups, sauces, roasts, and stews for what seems like eons. I could have given you that type of recipe, there are many to choose from. But I wanted to give you something that would showcase celery as a more prominent flavor.

First up for your consideration: a Celery and Pear Salad It's crunchy and crisp. I think it would make a great lunch. Bonus: it incorporates pears, another fall food on our list!

Second is an appetizer. Stuffed celery is a great recipe to make with your kids!

1 celery heart, separated and washed
8 ounces softened cream cheese or goat cheese or a mixture of both
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
20 green pimento stuffed olives, chopped

Mix the cheese(s), nuts and olives. You may use a butter knife to spread this mixture on the stalks and then cut them into more bite-sized pieces. Or you may form the cheese mixture into a ball and serve the stalks along side for dipping. This spread is also good with crackers, great for the holidays!

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