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November Cottage Cooking Club, Celery Orange & Pecans Salad


Welcome to our November edition of The Cottage Cooking Club, our online international cooking club where we monthly gather sharing recipes from the cookbook “River Cottage veg everyday!” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, cookbook author, and British television personality.

Recipes are prepared from a designated list provided by our immensely talented and fearless leader, Andrea, of The Kitchen Lioness, Notes from a Very Small German Kitchen. If you have been following along over the past couple of years, you already know that members of our group commit to preparing as few or many of the dishes as desired, meeting again on the 28th of the month to share our experiences. With the Thanksgiving holiday falling two days prior in the United States, our gathering deadline was moved to the 30th.


Even with the deadline extension, having prepared two very large stuffed turkeys, a smoked ham, fifteen side dishes, and a couple of homemade desserts in a sit-down dinner for 18 guests in our festive feast, and given we are just finishing up leftovers, and tonight I’m coordinating the set-up and decorations for my grandsons cross country club banquet where will share pizzas, I felt the need to make it a bit easier on myself. So for lunch today I’ve prepared and enjoyed the refreshing and lovely Celery, Orange, & Pecans salad. With just few celery stalks left from the holiday, and only one orange, I also combined a beautiful ruby red grapefruit that I thought might perhaps require a bit of sugar but it did not, blending well with the sweet juice of the orange served as the dressing after segmenting the fruit, then tossing through with lightly toasted pecans, and orange rind. Simple perfection, just what I was craving at this moment.

To see what other Cottage Cooking Club members have prepared in November check here.

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  1. Mary Hirsch
    Posted November 30, 2015 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I love that salad, Peggy. And, Emily is right, the glass bowl is a perfect

  2. Mary Hirsch
    Posted November 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I love that salad, Peggy. And, Emily is right, the glass bowl is perfect. (Hey, I wasn’t done with my comment!!!) Your Post made me tired just to read it, You have been a cooking machine, that’s for sure. Plus, from what I read on Facebook, you have all kinds of activities happening. It’s all good but a little frenetic at times. Loved the pizza banquet to round out the just-after Thanksgiving week-end event. With December rearing its head, I suspect you won’t be slowing down. I didn’t cook this month – too much in motion – but will be back in December. Nice Post.

    • Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:09 am | Permalink

      Hi Mary, so nice to see you. I know, this fall has been the whirlwind of my life with event upon event and no breaks in between, though most every function being unique and a real blessing in celebration, including visits from my sisters. I look forward to a bit of quiet time ahead and also preparing a bit more for our CCC. Keep warm out there, see you over the month.

  3. Posted December 1, 2015 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Simple and refreshing…perfect for the aftermath of Thanksgiving feasting. Great flavors!
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    • Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, this salad really is perfect as an after Thanksgiving dish, simple and refreshing, all combined definitely great flavors.

  4. Posted December 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like you had a very busy month Peggy. This salad is perfect for those times. I loved it too.
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  5. Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Peggy, you never take a rest! I hope your Thanksgiving feast was a success as well as the cross country banquet. You know, the raw assemblies chapter hasn’t typically appealed to me, but you make me want to try the celery and orange salad for myself. I can’t imagine that December will be quieter than recent days, so I hope you enjoy all the festivities and the food you whip up for it.
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    • Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Hi Betsy, I think you will enjoy the celery and orange salad, it is so easy to put together and refreshingly light, especially after all of the heavy meals prior to and on Thanksgiving. This fall has been a whirlwind to be sure, with little time to rest. This will be the first Christmas in many, many years without as many visitors or family for one reason or another, and so while this is out of the ordinary, I’m hoping for a little quieter December and perhaps just sticking with attending the scheduled activities and not creating as much on my end. And I really, really look forward to January this year where I plan to hibernate awhile with some good books and perhaps cook some of the things I have wanted but not had the time! Wishing you a happy holiday season though I’ll be ‘seeing you’ over the month! Take Care.

  6. Posted December 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    That salad looks delicious. That was a lot of stuff you made for Turkey day!
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    • Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks Phil, it sure was a lot for Thanksgiving though it was greatly enjoyed by all. The salad for our cottage cooking club this month was rather perfect as a nice refreshing counterpoint after all the heavy meals during the holiday week and it is certainly quick and easy enough to prepare, even out of a New York apartment!

  7. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted December 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, I know that these are very busy times for you – so I certainly appreciate your participation in the CCC – loved that salad served as a first course or a palate cleanser, in a glass bowl or on a dinner plate – I believe it is a recipe that we should keep in the back of our minds!
    Dear friend, hope that things will be easier for you (in and out of the kitchen) this month!

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