Monday, January 24, 2011

Fresh for the table and all in RED!

My husband brought home fresh cherries from
Sam's late last week. He was disappointed in their
flavor... so they sat. I "pitted" them and cooked them
in some sugar water, later added some cornstarch to thicken

Then, there were the fresh beets that were sold at our
church Farmer's Market which we hold on Sundays.
I had always avoided cooking fresh beets because of all that
red. On a whim I decided to give it a try. Besides, with my
new black sink, who would see the red??

Here are the beets after I cooked them for an hour
in simmering water. I cooled them just a bit and the skin came off easily. I diced them up and let them cool a little more I mixed up some thicken cornstarch, sugar and a bit of the red water the beets had been cooked in. I added this mixture to the beets and also added a tablespoon of butter.

Here is the finished product with the cherries.
It's my old Topsy Turvy Cobbler recipe from
Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls.
I have used this recipe several times on this blog...
hope no one is getting tired of it!

I'm thrilled to have done some cooking so that I can
link to two blogs I really enjoy...


Theresa said...

YUMMY! I never get tired of a good recipe! I wish that I had gotten a black sink when I built my house 9 years ago! I got white and I am constantly cleaning it! Black sure would look good in my kitchen, sigh! Hope your husband enjoyed your sweet treats! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Mmmm that looks good! A black sink would have been perfect for us her on the farm where we have 'rusty' water that turns EVERYTHING rust colored. Thank heavens the laundry doesn't turn that far so good anyway. My goodness you live an adventuresome life! I'll have to come back and look around your blog looks very interesting. Hope you're having a wonderful day.
Maura :)

~~Carol~~ said...

I love beets, no matter how they're prepared! Even the greens are pretty tasty, with a little vinegar poured on them. Now you've made me hungry!
Happy REDnesday!

Kaye Swain said...

What sweet family memories of yours that also touched my heart. I used to have and love that cookbook as well! And may I say how much my senior mom would love that recipe. Gardening and cooking are her two favorite hobbies and she loves beets! Thank you for a fun Rednesday visit. ;)

SueLovesCherries said...

You make even the simple things look and sound so gourmet-ish! Thanks for posting!

LV said...

I love cherries, but cannot find good sweet ones. The fruit here has not been as good as usual. I would enjoy any of the things you shared today.

Rita said...

Please repeat your cherry cobbler recipe for those of us who do not have it. I LOVE fresh cherries as well as cherry cobbler. Sounds like you had a really good weekend of cooking! Doesn't it feel good to have fresh food?

AshTreeCottage said...

I never ever get tired of cherry cobbler!!

Susan and Bentley

Genie said...

Karen...A YUMMY post indeed. I LOVE home cooked beets, and I don;t mind in the least that it takes a day to get all of the red off of my fingers. I, too, have gotten cherries that were a bit too tart, so your idea of cooking them with sugar was a great one. Happy Rednesday to you and the family.

craftyles said...

I love cherries and I love beets. What a great idea. Looks really yummy!

Laura said...

I have never cooked cherries or beets!
I need to branch out-
I bet your black sink is a great convenience.

Your Neighbor-


Ann said...

Hi Karen,
Looks like a great big red feast!! And it looks delicious.:o) I love both beets and cherries. My mom would always wrap the beets and tinfoil and cook them in the oven. I guess kinda like a potato. I hope that y'all enjoyed the wonderful dish!
The Tattered Tassel

Karen said...

Karen, what a terrific blog! And I love that recipe - will give it a try. We had a black sink in our previous house, now a white farm sink in This Old House, and I have to scrub it daily. Ugh!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

You chose the most delicious reds! I love beets, and cherries and the pictures are just wonderful.

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