Well it officially feels like Fall to me. I had to put another layer of bed clothes on my bed just to keep warm last night. This season, I have made a vow to do new things and get out of my ruts. For instance, walk a different way to the grocery store, emcee a festival for the first time, start a new blog and learn to love beets. When I was a tiny Caroline during Thanksgiving family times, I was served beets. They were from a can and they had little ring indention marks on them and they were cut into perfect size circles. As a child I avoided them like the plague. The plated beets looked like a dark magenta jelly water weenie. It just looked sort of nasty to me. So anyway, that is my past.
While on the road to Charleston, South Carolina for a Snake Oil gig, I was talking to my girlfriend Melanie, and she was telling me about how she grates raw beets into a salad. When I returned home from that tour, I started to do that suggestion and to my surprise I found it simply scrumptious. As an adult I NOW DIG BEETS!!!!!! I love them steamed, baked or raw. Delicious. So, I am really excited about it!!!!!
It seems like I am not the only one who digs beets. Tom Robbins, practically writes a whole novel about beets in his book, “Jitterbug Perfume.” “The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”-Tom Robbins, author.
Well I guess I got to go beat it. I am gonna make a salad with shredded raw beets and then I am off to the Rocket Club tonite in West Asheville to dance to a Big Band.
If anybody has yummy ideas or recipes or comments about beets, feel free to comment back.