Roasted Roots

First things first, I loved hearing about the happinesses in your life! Life really is full of a lot of great things, and I know that I don’t remind myself of them often enough.

Next things next, my solutions to Monday doldrums. The latter part of the solution will be a beer at Mad Anthonys. $2 pints on Monday. You can’t beat that. The former part of the solution is dinner. And tonight, dinner=roasted veggies.

I got turnips at the farmer’s market on Saturday and and radishes at Meijer. I’ve never eaten either, so I didn’t know what to do with them. My go-to with veggies that I don’t know what to do with is to toss them in EVOO, sprinkle spices (liberally), and throw them in the oven (not literally, that would be a mess. they get a pyrex casserole dish to hang out it). You can’t really go wrong.

So, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, gather your roots, and let’s go. I used about 8 turnips, a bunch of radishes, and a couple of potatoes.

1. Wash them. They’re dirty.

2. Dice ’em up! Bite sized it good. They’ll cook through faster. And you won’t choke taking too-big bites.

3. Toss the root cubes around in 3 Tbs. EVOO. I might have been able to get away with 2, but I like my EVOO, so I didn’t.

4. SPICES! The best part. Just wing it with your proportions. You can’t go wrong (unless the top falls off one of your spices. Then things will get interesting). My seasonings of choice were rosemary, adobo, ground peppercorn, oregano, and basil. Mix it up!

5. Slice a cute, little red onion, and lay that on top.

6. Cover the casserole dish with tin foil (helps trap heat so they roast faster) a slide them in the oven. Set your cell phone alarm to go off in 60 minutes, turn on the Alison Krauss station on Pandora, and chillax for a minute. After all, you just expended a lot of energy chopping all those veggies.

If you’re curious, the Alison Krauss station will bring you the wonderful sounds of James Taylor, Norah Jones, Nickel Creek, the Dixie Chicks, and Eva Cassidy. Also, you will be introduced to The Wailin’ Jennys, a Canadian folk trio. They’re great. I might have to buy some of their music.

Before you know it, an hour has passed, and dinner is served!

I wanna know: have you found any new music recently? Tell me about it!

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