Root For Beets!

by Carrie Fehr

The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…—Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Fun facts about root vegetables ignite sparks all around the cooking room, with an atmosphere that becomes electric as students discover the magic of sweet beets, a vegetable, by no means is fancy, and is often misunderstood.  Slices of roasted beets fanned across a white plate, accented by a single carrot, fresh from the ground, is a visual study on contrast that makes our eyes pop from the deep intense purple that looks like it is dripping paint.  Students dance with excitement as they prepare a tasting plate of raw carrot with its long leafy stem, next to thin petals of tender honeyed beets that look translucent.  For a preview of next week’s recipe created for the Science of Cooking Series, please click here.