Monthly Archives: May 2015

Roasted Beet Salad

I went to a wonderful local cooking class the other day and was inspired!! I’ve eaten beets prepared by other people, but I’ll be honest… this was my first time buying and cooking them myself. 

Paige, from For Love of the Table, showed us how to make so many awesome recipes, but this beet salad was one of my favorites.  If you don’t really like beets, I think this recipe is a game changer for you.


Roasted Beet Salad
Recipe from:  For Love of the Table

3 or 4 beets
½ cup plain greek yogurt
lemon juice

1. Roast the beets. Trim off the tops, leaving about an inch of stem, scrub them and place them in a roasting pan with about a quarter inch of water in the bottom. Cover the pan with foil and roast at 375° to 400° until tender, about 40 minutes.
2. When they are cool enough to handle, trim the top and the root and rub the skins off with a paper towel. Slice them and dress them with lemon juice to taste. (Acidity accentuates the sweetness). Season with salt and pepper and toss with olive oil.  
3.  Make the Greek yogurt topping:  mix the yogurt with garlic and salt to taste.  Drizzle over beets and top with walnuts and mint.  


Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Peanut butter and jelly jogs so many childhood memories for me.  Lunchtime was one of my favorite times of the day during elementary school.  I brought my lunch every day and so did my best friend, so we were always able to sit together.  I made my own lunch a lot of the time and when I did, I always had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because, duh, I was 6-10 when I made them.  

I work at an elementary school now and I love watching the kids in the lunch room because I remember what a good time that was for me.

Anyway, these are some fancified PB&Js in bar form (with more sugar) and they are fantastic.

What’s your favorite childhood lunch?


1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
¾ cup (packed) golden brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of jelly of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with heavy-duty foil,
leaving 2-inch overhang around edges and pressing firmly into corners and up
sides of pan. Coat foil with nonstick spray. 
3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt in small bowl. 
4. Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter, sugar, and butter in large bowl
until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; beat on low-speed until smooth.
5. Add flour mixture; beat on low-speed just to blend. 
6. Transfer half of dough to prepared pan (about scant 1 ½ cups). Place
remaining dough in freezer for 10 minutes. 
7. Using fingertips, press dough evenly onto bottom of pan. Spread jelly over
in even layer. 
8. Remove dough from freezer; using fingertips, break into grape-size pieces
and scatter over jelly layer.
9. Bake bars until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool bars completely
in pan on rack.
10. Using foil overhang as an aid, lift bars from pan. Gently peel foil from
edges. Cut into 16 squares.