Arugula Salad With Goat Cheese
To make the praline:In a bowl stir together pecans, salt, and cayenne. In a dry, small heavy skillet or saucepan cook sugar over moderate heat, stirring with a fork, until melted. Cook, without stirring or swirling the skillet or pan, until a golden caramel. Add pecan mixture and stir to coat nuts with caramel. Spoon praline onto a sheet of foil and cool.
Spencer Christian's Wine Selection:For the vegetarian recipes, I recommend a relatively light red wine, but one that has enough spiciness to stand up to ginger, pumpkin seeds or goat cheese. Any decent pinot noir in the $18-$30 range would be fine. Two particularly good choices: one made by a vineyard called Jed Steele and the other by Fess Parker Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Calif.