Beet It! Roasted Beet Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

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image  In my childhood household, beets were boiled and served vinegared, sort of as a pickle.  I liked them fine but when I discovered roasting, I never went back!  Roasting beets preserves the nutrients, seals in the sugars, makes it super easy to peel them, with clean up, a cinch.  Just wash the beets, add a little olive oil and any herbs for flavoring, although not necessary, and cook at high temperatures. Continue reading

A Garden Symphony in Monet Blue

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Blue Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1919, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
– Claude Monet

Falling in love with Monet’s paintings of blue water lilies is easy to do. The blue is shimmering, irridescent and tugs at the heartstrings.  I have long loved Monet’s paintings and been captivated by his use of blue.  Some years ago I was able to visit his gardens at Giverny in France.  They were as magical as the art work they inspired.  There was a lot of blue in the plantings of the garden and I returned home wanting to introduce more blue in my garden. Continue reading