Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette

We went out for a late dinner just before Thanksgiving at a new place, the Crooked Pint Ale House.  They serve mostly pub type food.  I ordered chicken strips and I had a choice of a side: fries, tater tots or roasted beet salad.  I was tickled!  Beet salad?  Were they kidding?  I’m not into French fries and dislike tater tots for the most part.  I LOVE beets and to serve them in a little side salad?  They are my new best place to dine out! Continue reading

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Fresh Apple Cake Revisited

Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake

The second post for “redo” week was a more recent post.  I was going to immortalize my Grandma Lil’s fresh apple cake with a post but neither my mother nor I were sure we had the right recipe.  I made the cake but one taste and I knew what I made wasn’t Grandma’s recipe.  Close but no cigar.  It was good but not memorable like Grandma’s cake.  We were stumped. Continue reading

Raw Apple Cake

Raw Apple Cake

Raw Apple Cake

My Thompson grandparents had an orchard with plums, crab apples and regular apples.  Grandma Lil made all kinds of pickles and wine and baked goods using the fruit from her orchard.  One of my absolute favorite things she made was a raw apple cake.  Then she’d throw together a caramel sauce from scratch to drizzle over it and I would pretty much lick the plate when I was done. Continue reading