Fall is here and it’s time for harvesting beets. The beet is one of my favorite vegetables because I get to eat not only its fleshy root but also its leafy greens. The root can be roasted with olive oil and served over a light salad. The greens can be sautéed with garlic to make a yummy side dish. Nothing gets wasted, folks!
Sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit and make a batch of beet chips with the extra roots. Beet chips are a super healthy snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day. They are simple and quick to make, too.
To make these beet chips, you’ll need a mandolin. This ensures that each chip is of the same thickness and that each chip will bake evenly. With only three ingredients, this recipe is a breeze to make.
With berries making their appearance at the markets, I thought it timely to share my recipe for Black and Blue Crostata. A crostata is a rustic free-form baked tart or pie widely seen in Italy. It may also be baked in a pie plate, which is what I chose to do with my crostata.
A nice change from a typical pie, this sweet crostata has a wonderfully soft cookie-like crust with a preserve-like filling. My black and blue crostata is filled with a mixture of blackberries and blueberries (get it??). The berries are first cooked with some sugar to create a tasty, ooey gooey preserve, and then added to the pastry shell and topped with a crust. Don’t be turned off by the lattice top crust – it’s surprisingly easy to create!
Recipe makes one 9-inch crostata
I woke up this morning with an impossible to ignore blueberry craving. Luckily I had some blueberries on the counter that I picked up over the weekend at the farmer’s market. I thought about making blueberry muffins, but the growls from my stomach convinced me that something more substantial was needed. Something like BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!
I loaded the pancake batter with a bowlful of macerated blueberries. I chose to make them with whole wheat flour, but all purpose would have been fine, too. I normally like to use buttermilk in this recipe, but sadly didn’t have any. I substituted with whole milk and couldn’t tell a difference. Finally, I added a little baking powder and baking soda to make them super fluffy and light. The end result? Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes (aka Perfection).
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