Aunt Nellie’s Review and Contest!

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Most of you know Kamikaze is adopted. In her birth country, they were big into pickling their food, as well as certain kinds of food that are not as familiar in everyday cooking to many Americans, such as cabbage and beets. So when this package of Aunt Nellie’s vegetables came, you would have thought it was Christmas! We got 5 jars of cabbage and beets, in various styles. Kamikaze freaked out. Like, for real. As if you had given her chocolate, or toys, or I don’t even know. She went bananas.
Many of you also know, that while Kamikaze likes toys and clothes, the way to her heart is though food. Even upon first meeting her, she wouldn’t look at me for anything- even when I offered her dolls, until I pulled out raisins. I told her I would check out the recipe section later, and we could make some of them for dinner. I went to the computer, started checking my emails, came into the kitchen because it was “too quiet”. You know that quiet? That quiet. She had opened several of the jars and started eating them right out of the jar. I have photo evidence!

Nice face, yes?

I took them from her and made her eat some other food with them as well. I don’t know what 2 jars of beets and cabbage will do to an otherwise empty-ish stomach!
OK, so, besides the jars that Kamikaze ate (which I presume she liked a bit, yes?) We also tried a recipe from Aunt Nellie’sSay Yes to Beets” Recipe contest held from June 15-Aug 13 of this past summer, 2010.
It’s called “Bacon Beet Salad”, and yes, it was good 🙂

I liked it more then the hubs did, and Kamikaze ate it all. Shocking, I know!
We also tried a recommended recipe- Savory Beet and Goat Cheese Crostini. I liked this one a lot, as did the hubs. We ate it for lunch one day while the two Tasmanian devils slept- so no notes from Kamikaze on that one!

Beet & Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 (16.0 oz.) jar or (15.0 oz.) can of Sliced Pickled Beets, drained
  • 1/2 cup yellow, red or combination cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese, plain or with pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 oven-baked Italian-style bread rounds

Drain beets well; cut into 1/4-inch dice. Measure 1-1/2 cups diced beets; reserving remaining for use in salads. In medium bowl combine beets, tomatoes, vinegar and basil. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes for flavors to blend.
To serve, spread about 1 generous teaspoon of goat cheese on each toast and top with the beet mixture. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

You can find these recipes and more on Aunt Nellie’s Website. It’s always fun to try cooking with new foods, or ones you don’t use as much.
And these are so easy!
Aunt Nellie’s has offered one of my readers a prize pack of the same food that we got to try. Are you ready for your own adventures in cooking?

Here is how to enter! (and you can always pick up some to try in the meantime- it’s a fun dinner your family will enjoy, we had a lot of fun cooking together)
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    A tasty way to use the pickled red cabbage:
    Open Faced Red Reuben
    -Toast slices of rye bread and place on cookie sheet
    -Top with slices of deli ham
    -Then a layer of red cabbage
    -Finally top with Swiss cheese
    -Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly

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