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This was the Governor’s Mansion most requested recipe.

Mixed Greens, Pears, and Gorgonzola with Basil Vinaigrette

¾ lbs. mixed salad greens
3 Bosc pears, halved, cored, and thinly sliced lengthwise
½ cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
½ lb. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled.
Combine mixed greens, pears, dried cranberries, and pecans in large bowl.  Lightly dress salad just before serving Refrigerate unused portion of vinaigrette.  Crumble cheese over top of salad.

Basil Vinaigrette

(good on any salad)
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
½ cup sugar
¾ cup fresh basil, chopped (must be fresh)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
½ cup cider vinegar
1 cup salad oil
Using a food processor, blend garlic, sugar, basil, salt and pepper until basil is chopped very fine.  Add vinegar and blend.  Pour in oil slowlyand blend until smooth.  Serves 12.

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