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I hope you are in a safe place–both physically and emotionally. Last week was a very difficult one for our nation, for our nation’s black community, and for many of us individually.

I won’t begin to think I am informed enough or experienced enough to talk about the struggles that so many people of color still face today across our nation. What I will say is that I am fully aware of my white (half-Asian, actually) privilege, and I remind my children of it regularly–not just speaking of the color of their skin, but also the circumstances into which they were born.

But above all else, I try to teach them to treat everyone with kindness and compassion, to look beyond any outward appearance or labels (e.g. black/white, gay/straight, racist/antiracist). After all, while there may be an occasional bad egg amongst all the good ones, racism is born out of ignorance, and it’s often born into. Our country is vast, our neighborhoods are mostly still segregated, and that ignorance is allowed to continue year after year, generation after generation.

I do believe we all have a responsibility to be actively antiracist, and we have a responsibility to seek to understand.

I stress-bake, and I stress-eat, so was doing a lot of both last week. Luckily, I still managed to keep it healthy. Here’s a dish that’s colorful, tasty and easy to prepare (although you need to allow 30 minutes to cook the farro and 35-40 minutes to roast the beets). You might be thinking, wait, isn’t she gluten-free? No, I’m not. I rarely eat gluten, but I have no obvious intolerance to it, and indulge occasionally when it’s something I really like, such as farro–because I just love the texture and slightly nutty flavor, and a good loaf of pain levain.

Farro, like Einkhorn, hasn’t gone through all the hybridization that modern wheat has (which has significantly increased the gluten content of today’s wheat), so it’s largely believed to be much the same grain as it was more than 100 years ago. While it still poses real dangers to celiac individuals or anyone with high gluten sensitivity, it (luckily) can be enjoyed by the rest of us.

This recipe serves as a great main dish for lunch or a side dish for dinner, and it travels well for a picnic at the beach. You can also make it vegan by leaving out the feta, although it changes the flavor profile.



1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 cups cooked farro*

2 golden beets roasted at 375F until tender (about 35-40 minutes)

1 cup mixed radishes, trimmed and quartered

2 oz feta (I use a sheep’s milk version)

3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste

* Place 1 cup of farro in a medium saucepan. Wash and rinse 2-3 times. Add two cups water and place over medium-high heat. When the water begins to boil, turn down the heat, cover the pan and simmer the farro for 30 minutes. Drain off any excess water.



In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar. Set aside.

Carefully peel the skin off the beets, and slice into 1/2-inch chunks. Place in a medium bowl. Add in the radishes, fresh herbs and oil and vinegar mixture and toss to combine thoroughly. Add in the feta and toss again. Season with salt and pepper

Best served immediately, still slightly warm or at room temperature.


(Serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side. Adapted from http://www.bonappetit.com)



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I think this constitutes one of those perfect salads for slipping from summer into fall. The colors make you anticipate the darker colors of autumn–darker lipstick, clothes, leaves, etc., and this combination works beautifully served al fresco with grilled meats or inside with a roast chicken.

This recipe (ever so slightly modified) comes from one of my favorite new cookbooks The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook by Diana and Andrew Rodgers. I love their approach to cooking and farming, and in addition to lots of amazing recipes, they also share lots of valuable information–for that day I have my own small, working farm!

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4 medium beets

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp quality balsamic vinegar

2 oranges

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 tsp raw honey

Sea Salt and ground black pepper

1 small head radicchio, carefully cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces

1 endive, leaves separated and carefully washed

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped as garnish



Heat the oven to 375F. Wrap each beet in a square of foil and roast for 34-40 minutes, or until tender.

Remove the beets from the oven, and allow them to sit until they’re cool enough to handle. Remove the peels by gently rubbing and sliding your fingers along the skin or use a peeler, then slice them into 3/8-1/4-inch thick rounds. Place them in a large bowl and toss with the vinegar.

Peel the oranges and slice them into 1/4-inch thick rounds.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place the endive and radicchio in a bowl, drizzle the dressing and toss to coat.

You can serve this salad family style on one large platter or divide among 6 plates. Start by laying down the endive and radicchio, then layer on the oranges and beets. Garnish with the chopped parsley and a grind of pepper.

Serve immediately.

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