Saturday, November 5, 2011

Welcome to Recipe Saturday!

THANK YOU to the hundreds of followers this blog has gathered in only two years of existence! Yes, two years ago in November 2009, we at International Christian Fiction Writers opened our cyber-doors. Since then a few faces around our circle have changed, but the goal has remained: highlighting authors and fiction from around the globe.

You may have noticed the big International Recipes cover on the top of our sidebar. Clicking it will take you to a page explaining our gift to you, our readers, and how you can download a FREE copy in a variety of formats. Of course FREE, right? What's a gift if you have to pay for it? So all the details are on that page, but each Saturday in November I'd like to highlight one of the recipes in the book and share it here with you.

This week we're celebrating Canada! Five of our Canadian authors (Jenn Kelly, Sandra Orchard, Alice Valdal, Marcia Laycock, and I) have contributed recipes we think are representative of Canadian cuisine--no small feat when you consider we are an immigrant nation. The recipes include Cream of Mushroom Soup, Pear Parmesan Salad, Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce, Easy & Tasty Chili, Double Stuffed Salmon, Mennonite Farmer Sausage Stew, Wild Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing, Apple Pudding, Butter Tarts, Huckleberry Sauce, Rhubarb Jam, and the all-Canadian Nanaimo Bars. Quite a line-up!

Pear Parmesan Salad (serves 2)
~A delicious fall and winter salad~
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (may substitute lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly shaved hard parmesan cheese

Wash, quarter, core, and dice the pear. Drizzle the pear chunks with lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat. On each of two plates, place 1 cup of salad greens, half of the diced pears, and half of the parmesan.

This recipe is by Valerie Comer, but all the other ones are in International Recipes also. Download and enjoy!

Valerie Comer's life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughter.

Her first work, a novella, can now be pre-ordered in the collection Rainbow's End from Barbour Books, releasing in May 2012. Visit her website and blog to glimpse inside her world.

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