Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pear Tablescape and Giveaway

Hi everyone -- welcome to Tablescape Thursday and to my Girard Salad Dressing giveaway at Red Couch Recipes.

Today at Red Couch Recipes, I feature a pear tablescape.

 These are such fun salad plates; I have also used them for a lemon tablescape -- love the double duty of these.  If found a bargain on some Bartlett pears that are just about to ripen.  I plan on making several pear baked goods if the "Food Critics" don't get to them before I do :).

After you view this week's tablescape, I am honored to be giving out a 4 pack of Girard's Premium Salad Dressing to one of my readers.  I received this 4-pack in the mail and some extras goodies, because I am now officially a " Girard Epicurean Expert."  These will be the same 4 salad dressings that will be given to one of my readers.  See below for details.

I picked up an outdoor mum for about $2.00, on sale.  I always bring one inside for an inexpensive splash of color in the fall.  Today it colors my Pear Table on the deck.

These are some of the lovely pears that I purchased.  The bowl is a matching piece to the salad plates.

Seeing life though a bubbly yellow and bubbly clear glass.  Which view do you like best.

The napkin rings add a bit of softness, don't you agree?

Will we have too many more lovely days like this to dine on the deck?

Tablescape Information:
Placemats and Waterglasses:  Wal-Mart
Flatware:  World Market
Brown Dinner Dishes and Yellow Stemware:  Tai Pan Trading
'Lemon and Pear Salad Plates, Large Bowl, S and P Shakers -- Robert's Arts and Crafts
Napkins:  K-Mart
Napkin Rings:  Style Sisters

***Girard Salad Dressing Giveaway Information***

The Marzetti Company, maker of Girard Salad Dressing is giving away a set of 4 of their premium salad dressings.  Marzetti makes 18 different dressings and they are all gluten-free, and are certified Kosher.  The set one lucky winner will receive will be comprised of the following dressings as pictured above and listed below:

***Greek Feta -- It's crying to be slathered over your olives, lettuce and feta.
***Old World Italian -- This is a spectacular Italian -- rich and full of flavor.
***White Balsamic Vinaigrette--see review below
***Light Champagne -- didn't try

It will be delivered to your door -- love getting foodstuff in the mail!
I made the Pear Salad featured on my table today using the White Balsamic Vinagrette.  I drizzled it on the lettuce and on the pear -- delicious!  The White Balsamic Vinaigrette is sweet, yet at the same time the flavor of the balsamic vinegar comes through.  It's full of flavor and could be enjoyed not just on salads, but on tomatoes, beans, and other vegetables.  It's a light tasting dressing, but is also full of flavor.   

The Marzetti Company, in addition to the dressings, also sent me some bamboo servers, a cloth grocery bag, an apron, a recipe card holder.

The yellow mums just brighten up any area.

I found the Pear idea on Pinterest.  See the lovely salad dressing drizzled on the pear?

The pear salad ready to be eaten.  I recommend drizzling a little bit more dressing when you serve it.

If you would like to enter the giveaway, please do the following:

1.  MANDATORY--ONE CHANCE.   Link to Everyday Elegance  -- a site where Epicurious. Com and Girard dressings have teamed up together to bring recipes and lifestyle tips, and tell me in your comment, 1) What recipe you would like to try.  2) What is your favorite Girard's dressing.  If you have not tried Girard's dressing, tell me which you would like to try.

2.  NOT MANDATORY -- SECOND CHANCE.  Join Red Couch Recipes via Google Friend Connect or tell me that you are already a Follower of Red Couch Recipes.

3.  Open to those living in the United States Only.

4.  Giveaway ends on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 10 pm MST

5.  Winner will be drawn with the assistance of Random. Org. and announced on Red Couch Recipes on Friday, September 9, 2011

6.  You DO NOT have to be the host of a blog to win!  However, I need a way to contact my winner.  If your e-mail is not readily available on your blog or you do not have a blog, please post your e-mail in your comment.

7.  You do not have to post separate comments.

I thank the Marzetti Company for hosting this giveaway.  I have not been compensated for writing this post, I did receive a sample pack of 4 dressings and some other Marzetti - branded items.
Good luck and thanks for visiting Red Couch Recipes.

Posted with the following:  Foodie Friday, Weekend Wrapup


Barbara F. said...

Hi Joni, I am already a happy follower. I will go check out that link. xo

Barbara F. said...

Back again, I think the penne with turkey sausage and the light champagne dressing sounds very good, and perfect for fall. I would also like to try their Greek feta dressing, I would use that on an orzo salad with some grilled shrimp -mmmmm.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Hi Joni - I'm drooling over the Greek Cauliflower recipe. I think I'm going to have to pick the Chinese Chicken Salad flavored dressing as the one I'd be most interested in trying.

PS - I'm a long time follower of your blog.

Lynn said...

Cute table Joni, I love your pear salad-it's very elegant! I'd like to try the Zucchini Spears with the last of the garden zukes and the Greek Feta dressing! Thanks for the chance at this fun give-away:@)

Lynn said...

I'm a follower:@)

Bonnie said...

Your tablescape is so cheerful and inviting. The pear salad looks wonderful. Thanks for the information on the salad dressings. I will try them. I am a long time follower.

Jacqueline said...

I saw that salad and want to make it for a dinner party. It is so elegant and I am sure it would be delicious with any of Girard's dressings. I just love them all. Your table turned out really pretty. Isn't yellow just a wonderful color and how fun that you could use those great plates for lemons or pears. It is always so fun to talk with you on the phone too. I got your little thing from Target today. That will be fun for a giveaway.

Debbie said...

I pretty much wanted to try every recipe on there. The one that I know my husband would LOVE is the pork and white balsamic maple sauce. I've become a fan of white balsamic.

He would also love your pear salad.

And I love your table with the happy dishes, too.

(I'm already a follower. I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be a separate post.)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm a follower -- the dressings look wonderful! Love your pretty food on your pretty dishes.

Bonnie said...

I love the beautiful pear salad. And I really want those yellow bubble goblets. I would love to try the fig bruschetta on the Girard site. It looks wonderful and I can actually get figs right now.

Bonnie said...

Oh, I forgot to say I have long been a follower on Google reader.

Anonymous said...

oh. so refreshing! I follow on gfc! anne

Marlis said...

Love love your table. The pear idea is wonderful. I think I have to try that. Great salad plates and I love the glasses too. Wonderful table.. xo marlis

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Cute, cute table and I love the pear sliced with the salad pics drizzled with the dressing. What a great idea!


Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I'm a follower, you know it!

Entertaining Women said...

Another unique, original, and marvelous presentation. I've never seen the pears prepared that way. So cool! I'm a happy follower and would love the dressings. Not sure how to link, so I'll pass on that one. Thanks for the opportunity and for stopping by for a visit. Cherry Kay

xinex said...

The pear salad looks so pretty and delish. Love your tablescape!...Christine

Lisa said...

Love pear season and love the tablescape. I am a champagne fan and I follow!

Joy Tilton said...

Lovely table, perfect for fall, so ready!

Anonymous said...

Joni, your table is gorgeous. LOVE the plates!! It is summery, yet fallish. Perfect for this time of year! Thanks so much for stopping by "Take Six".

Lina Thomlinson said...

I've never tried their dressings before but the apple poppyseed has me very intrigued. I'd love to try it in the grilled apple, cheddar, and red onion panini recipe.


Lovely tablescape, I love the plates and the yellow stems! I'm a follower and thank you for the chance. Love your recipes. Happy TT at Susan's, see you there! Hugs, FABBY

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi there! I am IN LOVE With these plates of yours! Wow! Pears and, so cute! Love the yellow stems too. You have set a darling little table with all your goodies. I am a follower of yours and will go over and check out the link!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I'm thinking the Brick Chicken sounds like one I'd like to try. Love grilled chicken. However, I think the Greek Feta Dressing sounds really, really good. I've had the Italian before and they are good dressings!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Joni! First, you did a great job with the stacked pear!!! Beautiful! It's always fun to eat food that not only tastes good but LOOKS sensational! Your table looks so nice and you did a wonderful job of pulling all the elements together. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pear tablescape. Had to go take a look at your lemon tablescape also. I appreciate your listing your tablescape information after each post...what a great idea! I am a follower and thought that I would enjoy the Warm Italian Potato Salad using the Olde Venice Italian Dressing. I just love the way they presented it.

Sue said...

I would love to try the Brie and Fig Bruschetta recipe, yum. I like Girard's Champagne dressing (as well as several others). What a great giveaway!

Sue said...

I am a follower!

I love the tablescape. Those goblets really "pop" and look just perfect with the china. There is just something about pears that seems so elegant.

Kathleen said...

Hi Joni!
I love the pear salad, one of my first posts was that. I made them with red for Christmas, you know, red with green! :)
Of course I am a follower and I would love to win the dressings!
Your table looks wonderful and the pear does too!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Joni, This was a recipe I was going to make this fall. It is gorgeous! And it looks so pretty with your table!
I did go to Girards and love the savory apple and sausage bread pudding. Doesn't that sound so fabulous!!!! We are having company for the next 3 weekends and this would be a great brunch dish!
I am a faithful follower of your wonderful blog!
Thanks for hosting this generous giveaway!

The Fajdich Times said...

Just visited Girards recipes. I would like to try the Sliced Melon in Prosciutto with Champagne dressing. I definitely will be making the Pear salad. That really makes a statement!! Thanks for the chance for this fabulous giveaway! Have a wonderful holiday weekend:)

Sue said...

Joni, I love the bright, cheery, yellow table setting. So inviting! The pear salad is so clever~love it! Don't you just love Pinterest?:)

Beth said...

Joni, Your table is very pretty. Love the napkin rings and salad plates, as well as the amber glasses. Have a great wknd!
Blessings, Beth

Anita Diaz said...

I always know I will be really hungry when I visit here!! The pear salad looks so good, and I have never had anything like that before. The table is gorgeous too as always!! Thanks for stopping by:-)

Ann said...


Thanks for a wonderful blog, I visited often and I'm inspired by your beautiful posts.

I use and love Girard's Dressings. Light Champagne is my all time favorite. I think I'll probably start with the Rsted Greek Cauliflower as they are coming from my garden now. I've add their site to my Favorites (along with yours, of course).

Ann (

La said...

Hi Joni!

I think the Greek Roasted Cauliflower sounds fantastic.

La said...

I'm a long time follower.

Jacqueline said...

I am a follower!

Jacqueline said...

I think the Brick Chicken looks good from their site and they suggest Venice Italian, but I love the Raspberry and the Champagne ( really light and fabulous).
Can relatives win?

Amy said...

Wow, there are so many refreshing recipes on their site. The watermelon, mint and feta salad sounds wonderful. I think it matches wonderfully with the Greek Feta dressing and I really want to try that!

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

I'm the newest follower on your blog.

Gloria said...

Greetings! This is my first time at your blog, and thank you for the giveaway! I would make the Brick Chicken, and I've never tried these dressings and would love to do so. I think I'd like to try one of the Italian dressings for the Brick Chicken, although your White Balsamic sounds delicious. Great tablescape, by the way!
P.S. Oh, and I am your newest Follower too. ;)

Laura said...

I'm already a follower. Plus I LOVE Girard dresssings! Their chinese chicken dressing is to die for!

Anonymous said...

1.) The roasted cauliflower is one I would particularly like to try, although all look delicious.
2.) The While Balsamic sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I am also a follower. I love your blog!

Thank you for the offer of a giveaway.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Tiffanee said...

I follow and love these dressings!!

Jamie said...

Chinese chicken salad, yum!

Anonymous said...

I have not tried the Gerard dressing, but I would love to try the Greek feta flavor. The roasted vegetables (featured on the home page) look absolutely delicious! I am a huge veggie fan! Thanks. Barb