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Beet and Avocado Salad

Most of us either grill on the 4th of July or we go to a party where grilled meat  is the star of the show. Instead of the typical baked beans and slaw, why not serve a cool and refreshing salad?  This one is colorful and makes good use of ingredients that can now be […]

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Beets with Mint and Basil

I love to make this dish in the summer because I have all the ingredients on hand in our garden. And, unlike some of the beet greens you find in the grocery, when beets are just pulled from the dirt the greens are usually unblemished. This is such an easy recipe (see below for the […]

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Beet and Carrot Soup with Ginger

Recently my niece, author of Season with Reason, posted a recipe for beet and carrot soup that looked stunning. At the time, we still had an abundance of both vegetables in our garden and this seemed like the perfect way to use them. It was. The soup is easy, vibrant, healthful and delicious. Each bite […]

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Beets

Beet season is upon us and will last through early fall. Take advantage of the various stripes and colors at farmers’ markets, they are more flavorful and luscious than their winter counterparts. Many people aren’t sure how to cook or what to do with beets once they’ve bought them. I usually roast mine at 350 […]

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Roasting Beets

I love beets. I know they aren’t everyone’s favorite, but  people who wrinkle their noses at the mention of this root vegetable are often thinking of the canned beets of our childhood. I didn’t like those either. But fresh beets have a very different flavor than the canned variety. Here’s my primer on roasting beets […]

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