Golden Beets and Brussels Sprouts

Here ’s a recipe for those of us who love both beets and brussels sprouts. (Isn ’t it pretty?) I love beets in practically anything, but if you mix red beets with other foods, those foods will turn red as well. Golden beets keep their vibrant orange color without staining their neighbors, making them welcome companions […]


My first memorable encounter with borscht was at a pot-luck party I had in San Francisco, in which my friend Elisabeth brought a huge, must have been 12 or 16-quart, pot of drop-dead delicious, deep purply red soup filled with beets. Elisabeth ’s grandparents were Ukrainian, and I think borscht was one of her favorite […]

Festive Beet Citrus Salad with Kale and Pistachios

During the dark days of winter, isn ’t it refreshing to see festive colors on a plate? This beet citrus salad includes a mixture of vibrant red, pink, and golden beets, blood and navel oranges, slivers of dark green kale, and crumbles of lime green pistachios. It ’s like a Christmas tree! That you get […]

Cider Vinaigrette Roasted Root Vegetables

One of my favorite sides to any holiday meal is roasted root vegetables. Parsnips, carrots, rutabagas, beets, sweet potatoes—they ’re all so good! Root vegetables have a lot of natural sugars in them which caramelize when roasted at a high enough temperature. They ’re also packed with vitamins and beta carotene. So, starchy they may be, […]

Pickled Beets

Beets are a weekly ritual around here. Usually we boil them and toss them in a sweet sour vinaigrette and keep them in the refrigerator to eat all week. The vinegar in the dressing “pickles” the beets, helping them last longer in the fridge. Many pickled beets I find are much too vinegary, hiding rather than enhancing […]