Wednesday, September 24, 2014

a way to use beet greens

Fall is officially here and my heart is fluttering with adoration for the season.  This morning as our family walked together to school it felt like fall was surprisingly punctual this year.  There was an absence of Texas heat and no blazing sun singing our skin, just a cool breeze to carry us on our way.  I picked up a fallen maple leaf, brown and crisp, and handed it to the little one.  I wished him a happy first day of fall as he tucked it into his backpack pocket.

My lunch reflected the new season as well-a deep orange sweet potato topped with dark emerald beet greens and a smattering of goat cheese.  It was entirely satisfying, hearty, and nutritious.  When I purchase beets I either buy organic or purchase from a farmers market.  The little red beauties are still hugging tightly to there tops and rather than discarding the tops I incorporate them into my meals for added nutrients. 

The smaller, newer, more delicate beet greens are wonderful to saute.  You can add them to a scramble or frittata, place them in a quesadilla, toss them in a salad, or sneak them into a pasta.  The more mature leaves, larger and tougher are great in soups and stews.

If you purchase beets with the greens still intact, store the greens separately from the beet root once you get home.  The greens will only last a few days and it is best to eat only the healthiest leaves, vibrant green and rid of slime.  I clean my beet greens as I would any other green.  I swish them in a large amount of cold, salted water and then spin them dry.

Baked Sweet Potato with Beet Greens & Goat Cheese
A vibrant orange, earthy root vegetable paired with nutritious and hearty beet greens is delicately spiced with smoked paprika and accompanied by a creamy, tangy goat cheese.  A perfect fall lunch. Enjoy this non-recipe recipe.

yield: one

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Scrub the exterior of one sweet potato clean and rub with olive oil (if desired.)  Pierce the skin of the sweet potato several times with the tines of a fork or paring knife.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.  Meanwhile, saute one handful of small, young, clean beet greens in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.  Add two cloves of garlic, roughly chopped, salt, pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika and saute until greens have reduced and garlic is fragrant.

To assemble:  remove sweet potato from the oven and place on plate.  Make a slit down the potato and add 1 Tablespoon butter, salt and pepperTop the sweet potato with the sauteed beet greens and 1-ounce of goat cheese.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

our summer: from the mountains to the sea

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Canyon sunrises.  Late spring snow.  River rushings. Hot chocolate.  Flashes of hummingbirds. Snowy hikes.  Frozen lakes.  Frigid night air.  Warmth of a cast iron stove on a chilly evening.  The scent of conifers and mountain air in the springtime.   
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Summer rainstorms.  Seaweed.  Touching waves for the very first time. Feeling the warmth of the gulf while standing in the chill of the rain.  Thunder.  Darkened Waters.  Shelling.  
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Sand as fine as silk.  Sapphire colored sea. Blazing Sun.  Sandblasted by the wind.  Crashes waves.  Sandcastles.  Kites.  Fun in the sun.
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We had a splendid summer this year, one of the best summers we've had as a family in a very long time.  Hoping you had an enjoyable summer and looking forward to my favorite season, fall.  Goodbye summer and hello autumn!

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You earned your yellow belt this past Friday!  We are so proud of you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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You wanted to be a cartoon and this is what we came up with.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Your school hosted a Back to School Kick Off in our neighborhood park.  Dogs in the park...not that bad.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Yesterday was a big day.  Not only did you turn 6, but you also had your first day of Kindergarten.  Happy Birthday to my best boy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Boys of Summer
On the last day of summer pre-school you and your buddies met on the playground one last time.  You've know Sailor (middle) since you were 3 and Liam (left) since you were 4.  You guys will each go your separate ways as you will begin Kindergarten at different schools.