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Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. I think in a former life I must have lived in an area with rocky soil because I just love root vegetables. Whenever I'm too tired to cook a proper meal after work, I like to steam some beets (they will keep forever in the fridge so I always seem to have some on hand) over a pot of water and then toss with some salt and butter.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2010 on Virgin Voyages: Beets at Cooking Virgin
Wow - now YOU'VE inspired ME to try making gnocchi!
The more I cook at home, the more intolerable I find fast food and chain restaurant food. It really does taste all the same in the end - fried, salty, and gloppy. There are some gems out there - Chipotle, Qdoba, Panera, Panchero's come immediately to mind since they use such fresh ingredients and few fillers - but for the most part, you sacrifice a lot in the terms of flavor and variety when you eat out.
Hey Melissa! You're so lucky to participate in a CSA! We have a meager CSA program here in Laramie; it's associated with a farm in Fort Collins, I believe, but as you can imagine, it still leaves much to be desired. I am so jealous of people who live in areas with long growing seasons. I am amazed at how much longer good, local produce lasts compared to grocery produce. Have you read ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE by Barbara Kingsolver? She talks about how organic, heirloom produce is heartier than conventional produce simply because it has to be to survive. And because it has to be so strong and resilient, it's chock full of antioxidants and therefore healthier for people too. Fascinating stuff! One of my favorite salts is Halen Mon Gold Finishing Salt ( I love it on sliced tomatoes, fried eggs, and fish. It's just a great all-around finishing salt, in my opinion. (And The Meadow is a great food source - they've got a ton of neat stuff and the staff is top notch!) If you can get your hands on the October issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine, it has a huge article on cooking with salts. I'm loving your blog!