Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ready or Not...

On the cusp of winter, one senses a feeling of hurried preparation in the northern air. As the fog drifts in and gray clouds bring the prospect of snow, all of Alaska's inhabitants are busily preparing for seven months of dark, cold, and white.

foggy cabin

While shrews and squirrels stash tiny tidbits, humans harvest the last of the garden, pick the cranberries, process the moose, and smoke the salmon. Summer toys are stored, winter gear is retrieved, tires are swapped. But most importantly, the majority of rural Alaska is collecting and preparing wood.

stacked birch

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Roasted Beet Hummus

farm box challenge

Confession: sometimes when beets show up in my Full Circle delivery, I shove them in my crisper and forget about them. This week, when I discovered the magenta root veggies in my box I was determined to eat them before they grew mold and I had an excuse to compost them. I LOVE the color of beets, but sometimes it sounds like a hassle to prepare them.

This week I also had two giant bunches of cilantro to deal with, so I knew they had to be combined in some way with the beets. What did I come up with? An unconventional, but delicious, hummus recipe.

roasted beet hummus