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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grandma Ruby's Pickled Beets

I must admit, gardening was not my favorite activity when I was little.  I much preferred spending time with the livestock or playing on my swing set to spending endless hours weeding the garden.  I did, however, grow up with a healthy appetite for fruits and veggies, along with a huge appreciation for homegrown produce.

Now that I'm "all grown up" I love working in the garden.  We are so lucky that despite this year's drought, Grandpa Stewart's garden is more beautiful than ever.

One of our favorite garden treats is beets!  Don't underestimate this delicious veggie.  We love to eat them boiled.  Out other favorite method of prep?  Pickled of course!

Here are a few pictures from our recent Beet Day!

The Bug had a great time stuffing the jars.

And he couldn't help eating a few bites along the way!

Here's another great way to enjoy beets, a Beet & Goat Cheese Salad!

Boiled beets, cooled and sliced
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Chopped Walnuts
Balsamic Vinegar

Drizzle the balsamic over the beets and top with cheese & walnuts.  It's a great on it's own or atop a bet of fresh spring greens!

What's your favorite garden veggie?   We'll soon be working on canning tomatoes, green beans and pickles too!

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