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A much maligned vegetable


Do you like beets? I never cared for them when I was a child. My mother would cook them plain with salt, pepper, and butter and she would also make Pickled Beets and add some hard cooked eggs. When I was in college my grandmother prepared Harvard Beets while I was visiting her and I discovered I did like them after all. Now I like them just about any way I have tried them.

In France you can buy them already cooked in a vacuum sealed bag in the produce department. I have had many a delicious beet salad over there made with those precooked beets. The beets are usually shredded or diced and have a vinaigrette dressing, perhaps with a little mayonnaise. They are sometimes combined with apples and walnuts or other nuts. I have seen the precooked beets locally at Ingles.

I regret to say that none of my children have become fond of beets. Rob and I do like them though. I especially like the pickled beets on a salad. One of my favorite combinations is romaine lettuce, peas, chopped hard cooked egg, and sliced or diced pickled beets topped with Ranch dressing. Here's a picture:

picture of beet salad

I have never tried roasting fresh beets, but I have often seen it done on cooking shows. It's supposed to bring out the sweetness of the beets.

On a totally unrelated thought I want to post a picture of this lovely plant that my friend Sonia gave me this week. I wanted to post it while it is still alive and well!

picture of plant from Sonia

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Becka


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8 Comments on “A much maligned vegetable”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Jun 19th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Becka, we’ve roasted beets from our garden with carrots, onions, white potatoes and sweet potatoes (and sometimes with butternut squash) with olive oil and rosemary – delicious! I grew up loving pickled beets!

  2. #2 Bet
    on Jun 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I LOVE pickled beets! I just bought a bunch at the farmers market on Saturday and have been eating pickled beets all week! I had them for supper tonight. 😉

    I don’t think I’ve ever had them roasted–I can quite picture what that would be like, but I’m thinking I would like them.

  3. #3 Rhonda
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    My friend, Bet, taught me to like beets–especially pickled. I have never had them roasted. Deb’s recipe sounds wonderful! I’d like more details. 🙂 I love your new plant. I can’t quite figure out from your picture exactly what it is. The unique container really makes it special. I hope you have success at keeping it alive!

  4. #4 Becka
    on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Rhonda, my planter has two pots in it. The top has variegated ivy and the bottom has a mossy/fern like plant. So far it’s still alive!

  5. #5 Carol
    on Jun 24th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Mrs Loach:

    SO happy I found your blog. Somehow I didn’t realize you had one. I look forward to your cooking expertise and learning from it along with all the other things you post 🙂

    i have you on my google reader now and your blog is not blocked like most all others are here right now so I can pop over and check out what you have up any time!
    cAROL

  6. #6 Becka
    on Jun 24th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Carol, I’m so glad you found me! I have enjoyed your blog immensely. You really are gifted at writing about your life over there. We “think” of you and your family often and were glad we got to meet Caleb this year. I would love to have a card with a picture of your family if he could bring me one or even two when he returns to school.
    I’m glad I’m not blocked in your country. It may be because my husband has his own website–he’s the computer geek, not me!

  7. #7 Deb
    on Jun 25th, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Becka and Rhonda….my daughter Hannah just wrote a post about the roasted beets we enjoyed last night for supper. Here’s the link:
    http://girottifamily.typepad.com/mountain_musings/2009/06/roasting-beets.html

  8. #8 Carrie
    on Jun 28th, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Yum! I love beets. My mom fixed Harvard beets, which are in a sweet sauce. I took a cooking class in college and a gal tried them. Somehow she put in salt instead of sugar–1/2 a cup or something equally terrifying! They were NOT GOOD!


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