Pear and Wine for Fall! Happy Thankgiving!

Pear in fallPears (Pyrus) are known to have over 3000 known varieties and are normally propagated by grafting a selected variety onto a rootstock, which may be of a pear variety or quince.  The flowers can be cross-bred to preserve or combine desirable traits.  I found it amazing after studing about the pear and it’s benefits that this same process is used in wine vinyards when the grape vines are propagated. This little known tid bit is just another reason why the pairing of Pear and Chardonnay Wine for this month’s soap recipe is perfect!

Walnut-Pear-ChardonnayThe recipe for our Walnut Pear Chardonnay soap, which is our November soap of the month,  was born of my love of Walnut Pear Salad, with Chardonnay dressing.  It is truely one of my favs! The crisp sweet aroma of the pear and the oaky, pear scented over tones of the Chardonnay wine are beautiful.  It’s a subtle aromatic scentsation before you ever take one bite of the culinary combination.  The Chardonnay scent really has your mind wander to thoughts of the vineyard in fall, enjoying tastings of the golden liquid, filled with oak, green plums, apple and pear.

I think describing this is calling me to a wine tour and soon ; )  

Fall chardonnay vineyard
Make November the month for all things Pear and Chardonnay!  Try our
Walnut Pear Chardonnay products for yourself and let your guests enjoy them through the fall holidays.  Try the Walnut Pear Salad with Chardonnay dressing this year at your Thanksgiving table, along with your favorite variety of Chardonnay wine to toast your special occasion.


Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

Walnut Pear Salad

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Cooking spray

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

4 cups torn green leaf lettuce

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce

4 cups chopped radicchio

1 ripe red Anjou pear, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place sugar in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly (about 1 minute). Continue cooking 1 minute or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat; carefully stir in nuts to coat evenly. Spread nuts on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; separate nuts quickly. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside until cool; break into small pieces.
  2. Combine lettuces and radicchio; top with pear and candied walnuts.

Chardonnay Vinaigrette Dressing

1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup champagne vinegar

1/4 cup chardonnay

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

Salt & Pepper

Combine the oil, vinegar, wine and mustard in a shaker or resealable plastic bag and shake/mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Drizzle dressing evenly over salad; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.

Thanksgiving pear decor

From our family at Soap Orchard to Your Family, where ever you may be.  Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


Fall in Spokane!

fallriverfrontparkI wanted to take moment for a personal indulgence.  As many of you know we moved to Spokane Washington back in April and there were many questions about why we chose Spokane.  There was a laundry list of reasons we wanted  to move to Spokane and have a change in lifestyle, but some of them included enjoying nature, beautiful landscape and the four seasons Spokane had to offer.


Greenbluffs Farms. There are 50 different farms in one small area. Awsome! Harvest House in Greenbluffs is where we are selling Soap Orchard products for the Harvest Festival Season.

To show you what it was we were talking about I wanted to post a few pictures from around our neighborhood.  Below is a small sampling of what we see in our area on our morning walks. Enjoy!


This is a shot coming down our street.


One of our neighbor’s trees.


One of our neighborhood greenbelts.


Harley enjoying a romp in the leaves!


Another beautiful greenbelt.


Half Moon Park on a cloudy day, a couple of blocks from our house. The leaves are just starting to turn.

We miss all of you in LA but we also love our new home 🙂

Now we will need to see if winter will be just as beautiful or if we just freeze our booties off 😉