Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren



November 2009



Cooking day with Good Mews

Written by , Posted in good mews animal foundation, inn at serenbe, marie nygren, Recipe Articles

A wonderful day of cooking was in store for a group of volunteers from Good Mews Animal Foundation. Good Mews is a non-profit, no-kill, cage free shelter for cats in Marietta and when my friend Dana asked if I would arrange a cooking day for some of the volunteers, I knew we would have great fun.
My usual menus always include southern cooking but we decided to go for something different for this group of friends. The menu included 2 pasta dishes; linguine with caramelized onions, mushrooms and parsley and penne with corn, tomatoes and caramelized onions. We also made homemade breadcheese soufflé, arugula salad, and blueberry cobbler for dessert.
I couldn’t let the day pass without teaching the beauty of adding caramelized onions to a dish to add a special twist. We even cooked scrambled eggs with the onions for everyone to sample and then added a small amount of cider vinegar for an added twist.

I think everyone would say it was a fun and delicious day. Click onto all of my links for the recipes to some of the days treats.

Here is the salad recipe:

Arugula, Pear, Pecan and Bluecheese salad w/ Apple Cider vinaigrette
  •  6 cups of arugula
  • 2 ripe pears
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup toasted pecan pieces
Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Wash 6 cups arugula and dry. Place greens in large salad bowl. Slice pears and add to greens. Toss salad with vinaigrette. Top with pecans and blue cheese.

Note: Granny smith apples may be substituted for pears. Serves 6.


  1. Dana Widmer
  2. Georja

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