Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Battalion of Beets

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Beet and Grapefruit Salad. [Photograph: zahavah]

For our Cook and Tell challenge last week we asked all of you to get on those gardening gloves and yank up a bunch of beets for a challenge we called Battalion of Beets. Apparently we should be organizing some sort of beet fan club given all of our respondents collective love of this crimson root. Let's take a look at some of our favorite beet fan art, er, make that recipes.

According to Chinese Soup Pot this Homemade V8 Beet Soup is for anyone who loves beets, V8, or Bloody Marys. This good-for-you soup has the added benefit of being a great detoxifier thanks to our good buddies, the beets.

diabeticFoodie''s CSA brought beets into every course of the meal from a Patricia Wells-inspired Curried Beet Soup to a Golden Beet and Goat Cheese Salad and a Chocolate Beet Cake for dessert.

Marrying earthy-sweet beets and bitter grapefruit, zahavah created a lovely salad with pomegranate juice, orange-scented olive oil, and handfuls of baby spinach. We especially love the way the beets tie dye the pale grapefruit segments with their magenta juices.

And while we realize that no everyone loves beets, kestrel is sure that this Beet Hummus with Walnuts and Cumin from River Cottage Everyday is tasty enough to convert the beet-adverse.

The Primlani Kitchen adapted a Southern Indian staple, sambar and rice, for this week's beet-y challenge. For this recipe toovar dal or pigeon peas are simmered with onions, chiles, curry leaves, and a homemade sambar powder making for a soupy stew with a glorious color and delicate beet sweetness.

We're beginning to think that that "b" in dbcurrie stands for beet since this beet lover contributed no less than five recipes for this week's challenge. She whipped up a Goldilocks Soup made with golden beets, peppers, and cucumbers; some crisp little Beet-Potato Pancakes just dying to be topped with sour cream; fuschia-rimmed Beet-Pickled Eggs; an Easy Borscht; and even a deconstructed salad of said soup, Borscht Salad.

We'd like to finish with a bit of community service from NWcajun who would like to remind us that oftentimes eating beets makes for a shocking discovery the next morning. Rather than reach for the phone or assume that one has come down with a life ending illness, take a deep breath and remember that beets do a good job staining our hands, fingernails, and cutting amongst other things.

A big round of applause for everyone who dyed their hands red for this week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge. Be sure to head over to Talk and read about next week's challenge: Roast Chicken Roast Off.

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