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For dinner last night... [Jun. 25th, 2008|10:03 am]
BBQ chicken thighs, watermelon, local strawberries (that had the delicate strawberry aroma and flavor of REAL strawberries, instead of the SWEET that's darn near the only note in the California/Florida ones anymore) a South African Shiraz that wasn't very good for a Shiraz, but was a lovely little oaky Cab Sauv, as long as you didn't read the label. And yes, I had to drink mostly the whole bottle to decide. The Captain got some...of the wine, as well.

1 Package of Trader Joe's steamed baby beets diced
1 Package of TJ's packaged Watercress (you can do the unpackaged if you are not afflicted with The Lazy)
Three cloves of garlic, diced fine
Can of chickpeas, rinsed or bean of choice
Parmesan cheese, or hard cheese of choice, ideally shavings or fine crumblings
Olive oil and balsamic.

If I'd thought of it, I would've chopped some Kalamata olives into it, too.

Saute the garlic in oil 'til soft, add the cress 'til wilted, with salt and black pepper. Turn down heat, toss in beans and beets, warm gently. Toss in cheese, season with a couple dashes of balsamic.

[User Picture]From: sestree
2008-06-25 03:03 pm (UTC)

I think beets are underrated but I want mine fresh with tons of butter. Ok so it's bad for me -- I figure the healthiness of the beets outweighs the not-so-healthiness of the butter.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Your sidedish sounds awesome though :)

Meanwhile, I thought it was just me who found strawberries from the store sadly lacking. I grew my own in Kansas (and the ex killed a 7 year old well established patch in a fit of rage -- yes moving on) and I thought they tasted better because I was prejudiced.

Guess not eh?

Edited at 2008-06-25 03:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-06-25 04:42 pm (UTC)
I thought they tasted better because I was prejudiced.

It's like every other fresh produce item in the store that comes from far away: the varieties are bred for ease of harvesting and ability to withstand abuse in transport, not for flavor. Some fruits are worse than others: peaches and strawberries are on the why do I bother buying this end of the scale, along with tomatoes. Blueberries in the store are usually fine. Cherries somewhere in between.

Beets are one of those vegetables that no one else in my family will eat, along with asparagus, zucchini, and chard. My favorite beets are home-pickled, but they raise such a fuss when I put them up I have to leave time for the house to air out before they get home. Philistines. I never would have thought of pairing beets with beans; that's why I have to slavishly follow Christopher Kimball instead of winging it.

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[User Picture]From: o_ade
2008-06-25 09:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds really good. Suzy's a beet fan. She's also lamenting that dinner has become boring...hmmm think I'll put on an apron...Thanks xoxo
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