by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 14, 2010

…is everywhere!

From the internet to cooking magazines to old, worn, and loved cookbooks.

From having your first encounter with a new crazy fruit to experiencing your first local and organic CSA to falling in love with a new restaurant.

Inspiration is indeed everywhere.

One of the things I love about blogging is that it gets my creative juices flowing.

Not only that, it provides a fun platform to do so! The gratification is immediate. The connection with others is immediate.

From the kitchen, through my camera lens, and onto the computer screen.

From my sneaker, onto the pavement, and across the finish line.

From reader’s inspiring comments to flipping through a tattered and stained cookbook, the culinary neurons have no choice but to go off like fireworks.

Blogging is my Culinary Viagra.

Of course the creative juices do not always flow.


Let’s be real.

Sometimes my creativity resembles the Sahara. Some days, you could take my brain and squeeze it and not one creative juice would drop.

(This is when I know that it is time to take a break until I have that desperate urge to run to the kitchen, frantically throwing ingredients about while a flour cloud puffs over my head and I cackle in delight.)

Inspiration cannot be forced.

Tonight my inspiration came from this delicious beet salad that I had at Karyn’s on Green:


This was the salad that solidified the fact that my heart beats for beets and that I no longer have to associate beets with the canned variety my dad used to try to make me to eat at Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

Tonight I knew it was time to add my own unique touch to the beet salad.

I was in the mood for love, sweet, sweet fruity love.

My inspiration also came from the weather that was so beautiful today I forgot all about the f-word. It was fresh, sweet, and filled with promise. I did my best to bottle it and put it on my plate tonight.


Energizing Stacked Beet, Apple, and Orange Salad

This is one of the most delightful ways I have ever enjoyed a salad. Light, sweet, crisp, fragrant, and energizing, serve this salad as an appetizer whenever you need a pick me up. As another option, you could also serve this for a fresh take on dessert.


  • 2 medium sized beets
  • 1 Macintosh apple (best apple of the season!)
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 orange
  • Fresh lemon juice


Directions: Preheat the oven to 400F. Wash and cover 2 medium sized beets with tinfoil. Roast on a baking pan for about 40-45 minutes until tender with a fork. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before carefully unwrapping tinfoil. Watch out they are hot! Let cool at least 5 more minutes before slicing. While the beets are cooling, core and slice your apple into rounds 1/4” thick. Chop other fruit such as nectarines, oranges, or berries. The sky is the limit! Slice off ends of beets and carefully remove skin. Slice beets into very thin rounds and set aside. Stack your salad by placing the apple round on the bottom, followed by 2 slices of beet, then your other fruit. Squeeze fresh lemon over top if desired. This will also prevent fruit from browning quickly too. Makes approximately 10 stacked salads.

How did I ‘hate’ beets for the first 26 years of my life?!


I just don’t understand how my brain and taste buds did not connect beets with mind blowing deliciousness.

Kick-off the party by roasting your beets in tinfoil…


They will be fork tender when ready.


Slice your fruit while they cool.



You can get creative and use any kind of fruit you wish!


This nectarine was to die for. I had to enforce a ton of self-control.


Now peel and slice the beets…


Assemble by placing apple round on bottom, 2 beet slices on top, followed by nectarine and orange…(or whatever fruit you desire)


Secure with toothpick. ;)

Now squeeze some fresh lemon on top.


Check out that droplet!


And admire your fun salad.



and re-live summer memories all over again.


Whenever inspiration strikes.


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Lauren September 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Gorgeous photos!!


Danielle September 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I was just looking for inspiration for my CSA beets! Yay!


Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Beautiful pictures!


callah September 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I actually just wrote my first recipe! and blogged it of course :) I wonder if that means I’ll be getting beets in my CSA tomorrow (t’s always almost identical to yours)!


Sava September 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

These look lovely!
I have never cooked with (or eaten beets)

It sure looks like I am missing out!
I’ll have to fix that for sure!


Kate September 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Aw, how purty! I used to hate beets too–I think I had that same aversion to the canned stuff and when I finally tried them fresh I was pleasantly surprised :)


Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) September 15, 2010 at 2:02 am

those are so beautiful! i love food that is pretty but the problem is that then I don’t want to eat it :)


Cara Craves... September 15, 2010 at 5:53 am

Such a stunning idea. Perfect for parties. I love how it’s served on a toothpick…simple and genius!


Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life September 15, 2010 at 6:06 am



Maya September 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

What a creative twist! I have never seen beets paired with nectarines, but pourquoi pas!


Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

I used to not like beets too but I love them now! I love how earthy they taste. :-)


Cailin @ Stir Crazy September 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

I used to hate beets, until this summer… I don’t know what changed, but now I love them! I still have yet to make them myself though. Those stacks are adorable and sound delicious :) Almost too cute to eat!


Eliza September 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. Homemade pickled beets are great in salads- I’ve never had the store bought canned ones. Do they taste different?

My partner is in medical school, and neither of us could stop laughing when he told me that one of his lecturers told them to always make sure that a person complaining of blood in their stool hadn’t eaten beets the night before. Very true!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

Ooh yum! I love how well beets work in both sweet and savory dishes.


Kath (Eating for Living) September 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

Beautiful colors!


Sami September 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

these would be perfect for a little munchie food at something like a baby/bridal shower! great idea, ang!


Halley (Blunder Construction) September 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

The beets! The beets! Perfect, it’s like you read my refrigerator bin’s mind. Can’t wait to try!


Doc (The Healthy PhD) September 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I am always admiring how much preparation you put into making your food beautiful. It’s inspiring!


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