so, as you know, i LOVE roasting vegetables.  a simple olive oil, salt, and pepper coating before putting them in the oven usually does the trick, but sometimes i like to jazz it up a bit.  for my birthday dinner last wednesday, before we went to see the movie 50/50 (which was great) and had awful stale popcorn topped with (i don't think i have done this since highschool!) nasty artificial butter...bad decision!, i had roasted beets and turnips and mixed them with a fresh orange and red wine vinegar dressing, and topped them with toasted pistachios (thanks for the idea Mike Fountain).  

makes 2 servings.
5 small beets and 5 small turnips(or you can do all beets OR all turnips)
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 ounce toasted pistachios

preheat oven to 375.  cut ends off beets and turnips and place on a sheet pan.  drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. coat all sides well using hands.  roast for 35-45 minutes until fork tender.  allow to cool.  remove skin if desired.  place in bowl.  whisk together juice, vinegar, and honey and pour over beets and turnips.  top with pistachios.  
i wish i had some goat cheese, that would have been awesome!

for my birthday, besides going to the movies, i really wanted to give blood.  i have always wanted to do it, and never got around to it.  sadly, i was turned away.  since i have been out of the country within the last year (Cozumel, which is a moderate risk area), i couldn't give at the time.  i  plan to go back in december. plus, it would be nice to know what blood type i am!!!  i think i am A something. 

i have got a super busy week ahead.  back to muffin a new kitchen.  i thought i was almost to the very last step in starting my business, but hit a road block and am now pretty much back to square is very confusing and frustrating at times....i just want to bake you deliciously dense treats!!!  will keep you updated.

tonight, i am doing edamame and trout stuffed swiss chard leaves.  hope it is good so i can post!  have a great day!