Day’s Verse:
It’s all smoke, nothing but smoke.
The Quester says that everything’s smoke.

Ecclesiastes 12:8

When I find life giving me beets, I make beet chips. Sorry, no pictures; I didn’t think of it, and they’re gone now. Recipe:

Olive oil
Crumbled feta cheese
Dried rosemary
Garlic salt

Peel the raw beets and slice them as thinly as possible (I use the thin slicer on my food processor).

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay out the sliced beets in a single layer on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with feta cheese, dried rosemary, and garlic salt. Place in the top rack of the oven and broil until the cheese begins to turn golden-brown and the beets have softened to edibility. (This is a nice way to eat beets, but they don’t tend to get actually crispy after broiling.)

Optional, for crispier chips: Transfer cooked beets, with toppings, to the trays of a food dehydrator. Dehydrate at 130° for as long as it takes for the beets to become crispy. Eat warm or allow to cool completely before storing them.

Note: I’m betting you could grill these and have it come out really amazing, but we don’t have a grill (heresy, I know! Especially for the summertime), so I can’t say for sure.

While we’re on the subject of food, I also tried dehydrating cucumber, since we had so much of it. I seasoned it with dill and sesame seeds. Turned out fairly weird, actually, but at least it’s easier to store one small ziploc baggie’s worth of dried cucumber than when it was a hydrated and as big as my arm. No, I am not exaggerating.

And, since I had the dehydrator out, I am also trying out dehydrating blackberries. Dried fruit can be super awesomely delicious, and these blackberries already started out almost sinfully sweet, thanks to some late-August sun. I’m thinking of making my own granola, but I need a good granola recipe that would work with blackberries. Meanwhile, I’m eating fresh blackberries on Tillamook vanilla ice cream out in the sun on our back porch, enjoying our new patio table and chairs.

Summer wouldn’t be as sweet if we had it all year… but that doesn’t keep me from wishing we got more of it.

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