Roasted beets

I think beets are one of those things that either you love or you hate. I’m in the love category, while hubs and the kids are firmly in the hate camp.

I roasted two weeks worth of CSA beets today, much to the hate camp’s dismay. They find the smell of cooking beets distasteful.

For those of you who are beet fans, have you ever tried roasting them? It’s super simple. Trim off the greens, give them a scrub, spread them on a baking sheet, and pop them in a 400 degree oven until tender. Depending on the size of your beets, it will take an hour or more.

After they cool down, the peels come off really easily.

I peel them all and stick them in the fridge for snacks and salads. One of my favorite ways to eat them is with goat cheese and a drizzle of Orange Olive Oil.


CSA 7/11/12

Little stuff (clockwise from left): Snap peas, okra, tomatoes, Thai basil, blackberries

Bigger stuff: Chard, cucumbers, beets, lettuce, potatoes

I’m not feeling particularly creative in the kitchen this week, so most of this will probably be sauteed, roasted, or eaten raw. But if you need real ideas about what to do with your produce, check out the link party over at In Her Chucks.


CSA 6/14/12

I’m completely, totally enamored with produce.

Lillian and red leaf

Logan and green onions

Judy and garlic scapes

Lillian and kale

Logan and spinach

Howard and Bok Choy

So much so that my family was barely surprised when I asked them to pose for a few produce portraits.

Here’s how I’m using my CSA this week:

  • Red leaf lettuce – lots of salads with homemade ranch dressing
  • Green onions – for adding to salads, especially ranch bacon potato salad
  • Garlic scapes – chop them up and use them just like garlic
  • Kale – Sauteed as a side, and as kale chips
  • Spinach – more salads with more ranch dressing
  • Bok choy – Stir fried with hamburger, served over rice, just like my Aunt Susie used to make


Salad in a jar

I’m the worst when it comes to packing lunch. This is because I’m way too lazy, and always too rushed (due to sleeping in from laziness, of course). So I’ve finally come to accept that I need an option that is completely grab and go. This is it. 100% stolen from Secret Recipe Club.

Start with dressing. I used 3 T hot pepper olive oil + 1 T cider vinegar + a dash of oregano. Then layer in whatever you like, putting items not likely to wilt on the bottom and ending with the delicate bits. Mine goes carrots, celery, sprouts, mushrooms, spinach. When you’re ready to eat it, shake and dump into a bowl.

I made three of these on Tuesday, then ate one each day Wed, Thurs, and Fri. They held up deliciously.


Picture post – NYC (and Food Network studios)

I took another quick trip to NYC for work. It was yummy.

Dishy delights at Fishs Eddy:




Beautiful piles of teas and spices at the Union Square Holiday market:

Food fun at Eataly:






Best part of our trip – tour of Food Network studio:


The jukebox from Unwrapped:


Great quote from Kurt Vonnegut on the wall:


Big (and currently empty) studio, home of Iron Chef America, among others:


Me and the Food Network prep kitchen:


New Year’s (Food) Resolutions

I know it’s too soon, but I have to write these things down before I forget them.

1. Make some kind of infused or spiced liquor. Like this one. Or this one.

2. Take a Columbus Food Adventures tour. I so keep meaning to do this. Who wants to come with?

3. Make petit fours.  I just love the idea of teeny tiny foods.

4. Eat at Fresh Street. This place is all the rage among the food peeps in CBus, and it just got a mention on Serious Eats.

Frozen Dinners – Biscuits

And this is chapter two in making my own frozen junk food for kids.

Hubs often bakes up these prepackaged biscuits for the kids’ breakfast in the AM.

They’re raw dough and you bake them from frozen.

To duplicate this trick, I made up a batch of these biscuits (in this case I used 3 parts AP flour and 1 part whole wheat as well as half shortening and half butter because I ran out of the regular ingredients), then froze them unbaked. When you want to eat them, just preheat the oven to 425. After it’s heated, put as many biscuits as you want on your baking sheet.

Bake for 15 or so minutes, until they are just browned on top.

Look how nice and puffy they bake up!

I like mine swimming in milk gravy.