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A Womanly Beet Salad


By Betsy Block

My (mom) friend C and I both loved this beet salad (made from local beets and Massachusetts-made blue cheese, only enhancing its already significant appeal), but neither of our husbands would touch it. 

Are there certain foods that men eat at the risk of seeming unmanly? If so, are beets and blue cheese among them? 

Sure seems like it from where I sit. But why? 

(BD: "I'll tell you why. Beets taste like dirt, and they make all other foods red. A man has his limits, and blue cheese is one of them." 

Oh, okay.) 

A Womanly Beet Salad

beets (5-6 medium)

blue cheese (a hunk)

toasted walnuts, chopped (1/4 cup)

good olive oil

Dijon mustard (tablespoon or so)

Good white vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Tarragon (teaspoon-ish)

Peel and roast some beets, multicolored if you have them. Cut them into cubes, do the same with the blue cheese (or crumble it), and put them both in a bowl with the walnuts. 

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients (4 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, more or less) and pour over the beet mixture. Gently stir until combined. 

What'll it take to get a man to try it? 

("If you batter it and fry it ..." 

"You still wouldn't try it." 

"If you're wearing just the right outfit ...")

Betsy Block grew up in Washington, D.C. She worked in catering companies and casual restaurants throughout high school and college. 

She spent a semester in Kenya during her junior year at Brown, graduating with honors in 1988. She then worked for a year at the renowned Harvest restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Somehow, a few years later, she ended up in a master's degree program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Just as she was getting dangerously involved with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, she read Ruth Reichl's Le Cirque review. Next thing anyone knew, she had dropped out of graduate school. 

Since then, Betsy has written hundreds of food features and restaurant reviews for publications such as Gourmet, Epicurious.com, The Boston Globe, Boston magazine, and online city guides Sidewalk and CitySearch. She is a regular contributor to NPR Online's weekly food column, Kitchen Window. 

She has written on other topics for Natural Health Magazine, Entrepreneur, and Family Fun. Betsy lives outside of Boston with her husband, two kids, an aging but still rowdy mutt, any number of wilting or dying plants, and one (formerly) hardy betta fish (blue, now dead).

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