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The Beet of the Moment


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Okay, if you didn’t catch the pun on the Asia song, my second choice for a blog title was  Glenn Frey’s. “The Beet is On”.  Moving on from bad food and

Straight from the garden

80’s tunes puns…you can see the summer’s heat has been affecting my brain *just* a little.   This week’s super delayed blog post will be short and savory, so you can get back to the slip and slide.  But stick around after the recipe for a fun website I just found that will make you giggle.

This week’s recipe is for Beet Salad.  Most of you aren’t a fan of the beet, but damn it, you should be.  I just tried them last year when I purchased a bunch at a farmers market.  The whole family loved them so this year I am growing some.  Warning for first time beeters:  Don’t immediately call your doctor the following day after doing your business in the oval office.  The red color in “that” is normal and yes, from the beets.

This is a recipe I developed after trying something similar at one of my favorite restaurants – Duke’s Alehouse.  It makes a fun, sit down appetizer or heck, I could eat it as a meal with no problem.

Savory Beet Salad
Serves 6 as appetizer

–  one bunch of beets (4-5 beets)
– 1/4 lb chopped bacon, cooked
– 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
– 1/3 cup candied pecans
– 1/3 cup granny smith apples, diced
– 2/3 of a head of endive, cut into matchstick or so size pieces

Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
a few dashes of tabasco sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients and whisk together.

Peel beets and roast for 30 minutes at 350 degrees until tender, but not mushy (do smaller beets for less time) just so they are fork-tender.  When cooled, dice into cubes the size of sugar cubes or so.  Add all ingredients together, including dressing,  except cheese and nuts, and chill for 30 minutes or so.  Once ready to serve, add cheese and nuts.



Okay, here’s the laugh I promised you…if you like to watch Food Network, I found this site called Food Network Humor which basically makes fun of all the things I normally do when watching the shows (although I barely watch these days).  Enjoy and keep cool!

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