Saturday, September 4, 2010

So long summer BlogBBQ



I am joining Gnee of Singing with Birds for the end of the summer BBQ. We did not make any plans for this holiday weekend. My boys are all working . We will have a cookout with them next weekend.

I will be making a couple of my favorites from some of my past cookouts.

Pickled Beets are a favorite of mine and the beets at Sherman Farms were beautiful – both golden and purple. I have been craving pickled beets. I made them years ago. They need to be water bathed and I don't have the canning kettle or the inclination to go through all that. While looking for something else on Food Network, I saw this recipe courtesy of Alton Brown. So today I made it! They look wonderful! I had to roast my beets longer than the 40 minutes suggested in the recipe but that could be because they had been stored in the refrigerator and I doubled the amount of the pickling liquid. I will use what is left on fresh cucumbers for dinner. Two quarts is the right amount for this cottage because not everyone likes them as much as I do.


Pickled Beets

6 medium beets, cleaned with 1-inch stem remaining
2 large shallots, peeled
2 sprigs rosemary
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large purple onion, sliced thinly
1 cup tarragon vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ cup sugar
1 cup water

Preheat the oven to 400°. Toss the beets with the olive oil, shallots, rosemary and olive oil. Place in a foil pouch and roast in the oven for about 40 minutes or until a knife easily pierces the beets.
Remove the skin from the beets and slice thinly. Layer beets and onion in quart jar. Boil the vinegar, salt, sugar and water and pour over the beets. Seal and let stand in refrigerator for 3 to 7 days. Makes 2 quarts.

I will make a pie, too. I don’t make many pies any more. But Jack wanted an apple pie so off we went to a nearby orchard. The lady at the apple stand suggested Ginger Golds for my pie. I had never heard of these before. You can read about these apples here. Neat story.

I didn’t have a recipe so I turned to the Joy of Cooking. Apple Pie I works for us. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream will be served on the warm pie tonight and cheddar will be served with the pie for breakfast!



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I probably need a class in pie crimping! The pie is cooling on the porch. We will have dessert on the porch and look at the lake.


Be sure to visit Gnee and see what everyone is doing for the end of summer food!


Entertaining Women said...

The apple pie makes my mouth is gorgeous, and I like the non-crimped edge. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the lovely photos. I appreciate your kind comments on my post. Please, stop by any time. Cherry Kay

Marydon said...

G'morn, Carol ~ I am IN for that pie ... get out the ice cream!

Have a beautiful & safe holiday weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Anonymous said...

Woow, beautiful work, photos...!!!
Nice weekend.
Zondra Art

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I will be trying the pickled beets...had no idea it was that simple! The apple pie looks scrumptious.

Veronica said...

Wow...your photos just jump out and say. "Have a bite." I love it. Hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Super... super recipes.

A Garden of Threads said...

That pie looks sooooo good. Enjoy dessert on the porch.

podso said...

I'm not crazy about beets, but you sure made them look pretty. And the apple pie looks so good --like from a magazine. How nice to have dessert on the porch! Have a nice weekend!

Mary said...

Carol the beets look wonderful and the pie looks delicious. You've been very busy. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Dishesdone said...

I want to come to your BBQ! Your apple pie looks fantastic, and the beets amazing! I love pickled beets. and such a pretty color :)

~Alison~ said...

Your jars of beets are beautiful! I'll have to try making these. My mom would love them! We're the only 2 in our family that eat them...and only on occasion!

I love the rustic look of your apple pie! Mmmmm! Bring on Autumn!

Thanks for visiting my blog last week! I look forward to checking out more of your recipes!

Under the Big Oak Tree

Maggie B said...

The beets look wonderful in the jar, such a glorious colour.
Apple pie & cheddar for breakfast, oh please may I join you?
Wishing you a wonderful week.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I adore pickled beets! They are so pretty, it's hard for me to open each jar. I love to have them decorate my pantry. Also, my daughter who lives in Washington says you won't see this kind of apple in the stores. They are the best. AND please don't take a crimping class, your beautiful pie is so rustic and perfect looking to you'd never find in the frozen food department! Thanks for bringing them to the BBQ!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I've never had homemade pickled beets so I suppose I should try before I judge! Not a fan of the canned ones though. The apple pie looks awesome!! I wouldn't have a problem with that at all!! Thanks!

Julie said...

Beautiful! I love pickled beets! Thanks for bringing these to our BBQ.

Anonymous said...

I love pickled beets. And I think your pie is perfect.

Kathleen said...

Oh that pie looks so good! My mom loved beets. My bil is Irish born and refuses to eat them. He says it was pig food there! LOL
I will eat them pickled but my mom used to just boil and serve with butter,mmm, not so much!


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