Images from a recent visit to Christmas tree farms in bucolic Sebastopol (Frosty Mountain Tree Farm, Reindeer Ridge and Garlock Tree Farm). The beautiful creatures at the farms were a huge highlight:
Apple, Fennel and Toasted Walnut Salad
Bright/sweet/savory! Cut one fennel bulb and a large apple (or two small) into matchstick pieces, cut a 2x2 inch piece of Gruyère cheese the same way. Toast a handful of walnuts in a 300 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Dressing: blend 2 tablespoons walnut oil, 1 tablespoon apple vinegar, 2 teaspoons grainy Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon honey, dash of salt. Combine fennel-apple, walnuts and dressing, enjoy!