Earthy Goodness

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and after

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I love beets. I always have. There is something very earthy about roasting beets. The aroma of heated earth, olive oil, lemon zest and pepper wafting its way through the kitchen. Then the peeling of the warm deep purplish orbs which turns my hands a brilliant burgundy.

Place about 3 to 4 scrubbed/ trimmed beets in heavy duty aluminum foil, pour olive oil over beets, sea salt, ground pepper, lemon zest. Sealing foil, roast beet packet for approximately an hour at 400 degrees. If a knife inserts easily into the beets, they are done, if not, continue cooking, checking every 15 min.
I chop them into cubes, or you may just want to slice them. Take about a 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar (I like to use a black current balsamic adding additional red wine vinegar), a handful of sugar (about 2 tablespoons), boil this down to a thickened syrup…pouring over the beets, topping with lemon zest, fresh ground pepper and sea salt—Earthy goodness

Allium schoenoprasum

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The lowly chive. A boon to potatoes, pasta and salads. Tasty to eat, pretty to watch growing in the garden.
Boil petite new potatoes or cube larger ones. Drain potatoes and while hot, add butter or drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground pepper, add a handful of chopped chives, toss and enjoy.

Take a stand

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“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life”
Winston Churchill

This is one of my most favorite quotes from one of my favorite people. One day I will write a post about Sir Winston Churchill and why it is that I admire this larger than life figure. A man as eccentric as he was brilliant.

But for now, given some of the excruciating headlines of this new morning, I think it appropriate that we all be encouraged to take a stand for something positive in our lives–be it an issue that is big or small–public or personal—but positive none the less. This world of ours needs the “Positive” right now, today–with no more added to the negative.

Following in the words of blessed Pope John Paul II, we must “be not afraid”… as we must “rise up and be on our way”… to things that matter and to things that are positive.
Take the positive stand today!