Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Pear of 'em

"A Pear of 'em" oil on canvas panel

This pretty pair of pears were major players in our Thanksgiving Day salad. However, they were too perfect to be sliced, simply to adorn the top of spinach leaves, until they first served time as models for my painting. The one on the left was very sweet and cooperative, but that other one was tired and grumpy; she laid her head down on the floor, pouted and moaned all morning long. Oh, the things I have to put up with! 

This painting, along with the red Gerbers posted yesterday, were actually both sections of a larger still-life setup. I started off trying to paint the whole enchilada but quickly became overwhelmed, especially listening to the constant complaints of that whiny produce. As an alternative to donning ear plugs, I decided to simplify the larger composition by breaking it down into a couple of partial paintings first. My plan worked, I finished just in time to make the salad. Tomorrow's post will be the whole shebang.  

Here's the recipe which was quick, easy and very yummy!!!


Have the cheese at room temperature, shave it with a vegetable peeler, then wrap it in plastic until ready to use. 

8       cups fresh baby spinach
2       Bosc pears, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced
2       oz. Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
2       Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1       Tbsp. whole grain mustard
½      cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine spinach, pears and cheese. For dressing, whisk together vinegar, mustard, 1 tsp. each sugar and salt, and ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Whisk in oil. Drizzle on salad and pass remaining.

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