Thursday, December 02, 2004


Roasted Beets with Dry Aged Goat Cheese

Last night I had the nicest little dinner party with my two closest girlfriends, Claire and Julia. It is amazing how a little food and a lot of laughter can raise ones spirits. They are two VERY funny ladies for sure. I served a pork loin braised in a honey-beer sauce with apples and onions; an interesting baked pasta with pumpkin, smoked chiles and Mexican cheese and was an eclectic dinner (I just used things in the fridge, which is always fun.). So here is that recipe. One of the great side benefits to baking and roasting and what all is that when your oven is on, the room warms up so nicely and smells so good too! Beats turning on the heater any day. Enjoy!

4 Medium (tennis ball sized) beets, red or yellow
Olive oil
Zest of one small orange
½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coach Farm Dry Aged Goat Cheese (stick. It looks like a tiny log of Parmesan.)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400.

In a small oven proof pan, (a loaf pan works really well) add the beets and about an inch of water. Coat the exposed beet with some olive oil and cover the pan with foil. Roast for 1 hour or until the beets are easily pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.

While the beets are cooling, combine the orange zest, rosemary, vinegar and olive oil in a bowl.

When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel them and slice into half moon shapes. Toss with the dressing and add some of the aged goat cheese (I used about a tablespoons worth, adjust that to your taste.)

Serves four.

Coach, the leathergoods company, is owned by the Sara Lee Corp.

In 1921 General Mills created fictional spokeswoman
Betty Crocker so that letters could go out with her signature.

There was a Granny Smith though. - Maria Ann Smith, was an Australian gardener.
Smith had found a seedling growing where she had thrown out some apples,
she began using the fruit for cooking, and was soon marketing the fruit.

It is believed to have originally come from the seed of a French Crab apple.

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