Simple and Indulgent: A 3-Course Dinner for One

Cooking for number one?

Chef and food media personality and promoter, Karine Backhoum who appears regularly as a judge on the Iron Chef, prepared some single serve recipes for Single Edition Members.
Endive, Grape and Walnut Salad With Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese

Endive salad is a great choice for the solo diner as you can purchase one or two stalks, which is enough for one meal.  They are best purchased fresh and crisp. I like to mix them with apples or grapes for added sweetness and walnuts or pecans are a wonderful accent for texture and added health benefits.  Depending on your mood, you can serve with crumbled blue cheese.  Gorgonzola, feta, goat or just about any cheese you like.  These days all of these cheeses come in small containers already crumbled for easy use and storage.

Serves 1

One or two Belgium Endives
6 to 8 red grapes cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup walnuts - halved
1 TBS crumbled Gorgonzola or shaved Parmesan or cheese of your choice
Kosher Salt – to taste
Freshly ground black pepper – to taste
1 TBS Balsamic Vinegar – or to taste
2TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Remove any damaged or bruised Endive leaves from the outer stalks and discard.  Remove 4 to 6 more stalks and line a glass bowl or bowl of your choice with the stalks.  Slice the remaining endive in ½ inch circles and place in mixing bowl.  Add grapes, walnuts and cheese....... continue reading on

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