Easy beet salad & being a better hostess

Have you ever arrived at a friend's house for supper, and she's still cooking when you get there? And in between welcoming you and pouring you a drink, she breezily sautees and whisks -- all the while delighting you with charming stories and responding eagerly to whatever you contribute to the conversation?

Well, that never happens when I host.  Food prep and conversation are my version of walking and chewing gum at the same time. I'm too easily distracted to cook while friends are in the kitchen. I either burn the entree, or flub the chitchat. So I usually plan cook-ahead dinners. This, I realize, is a huge hostess shortcoming.

If, however, there ever was a dish I could prepare while chatting it up with guests, it would be this beet salad. It's so simple, it might just be easy enough for me to multi-task. I put the finishing touches on recently while chatting with our good friends and dinner guests Shem & Rebecca and nothing bad happened..no sliced-open fingers or outfits ruined by beet stains. Victory!

If your garden, like mine, is booming with beets and simple salads appeal to your sensibilities, I'd highly recommend giving this recipe a try. Guests or no guests, it's a darn tasty dish.

Cold Citrus and Beet Salad
Chop tops and bottoms off 1.5lbs beets -- boil til tender and quarter
Peel and separate two naval oranges, cut into bit sized pieces
Add one thinly sliced onion
Toss oranges, onion, and beets in olive oil
Top with sliced almonds and crumbled bleu cheese

Many thanks to @eleanorpie for the inspiration, and to @stickymommy & her hubs for joining us for dinner

epie (August 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM)  

! So exciting! Looks delicious. Now I'm craving beet for sure.

sbrink719 (August 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM)  

I completely agree. I get completely overwhelmed by cooking and hostessing. As soon as the guests arrive, I'm ready to join in the conversation and the heck with the cooking!

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