Mr. Food: Honey Walnut Dressing

If our salad routine is getting into a rut, it's about time for a little twist to liven things up, and we've got just the answer, a dressing that's chock-full of surprises a lot of ways!

Using any brands at all, in a saucepan, we sauté 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts in a couple tablespoons of peanut oil, till the nuts are slightly brown but not burned. To that we add 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and 1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing.

Turn the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 5 to 7 minutes, till it's hot, and when we serve that tossed with some cut-up Boston, Bibb or romaine lettuce and finish it off with a drained can of dark pitted cherries, what a super contrast between the warm dressing and the cool salad greens! Wow! It's simple, luscious, elegant, plus it's so versatile, imagine glazing our chicken breasts or pork with this! Why, it's like one of those fancy chef's creations, except that everyone loves it.

And any way you use it, you're a guaranteed winner! If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Warm Honey Walnut Dressing,” to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or look for it online for taking the ho-hum out of our salad and putting back the wow, 'cause everybody loves surprises, especially when it's completely "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"