Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Online Bake Sale Update! and Beets with Dr. Oz

Firsr things first.  Here is our updated list of Bakers:
Kate from Diethood
Gina from SP CookieQueen Oatmeal, Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Natasha from My Saint John
Reese from  The New Art of Baking   Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies
Chef Dennis from More Than a Mount Full  Chocolate Decadence Cookiies
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet
Molly from Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter
Charlie from Sweet Salty Spicy  Maple Pecan Quinoa Crunch Granola 
Kim from Liv Life  Limoncello
Jennifer from   Three Little Piglets
My friend home town friend Maureen
and of course me, Becky,  Raspberry Dark Chocolate BarsChile Spiced-Mango Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and something else, TBA

Thank you to all of you Bakers.  I can't tell you how much it means to me.  If you can't bake, you can always bid on May 2nd for all of these wonderful goodies, or donate My Donation Page which goes directly to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life.  Together we can make the Bake Sale a success!!!! 

Now on to Dr. Oz.  for the past couple of months my husband has been on a pickled beets kick.  I don't know why, but he asked me to get him some at the store a couple of months ago.  He just likes them. He never likes anything that's good for him (He didn't know how good they are for him.)  Now, I'm not that fond of cooked beets, maybe because I  had never had fresh ones.  When I grew up My Mom bought those awful Harvard Beets in this sticky sweet sauce, No Thank you. My Husband's pickled beets are wonderful, I even tasted a plain fresh one,  not bad.

 So on to Dr Oz.  The last time that I went to buy the beets, there was a flyer posted by the beets that Dr. Oz did a piece on the health benefits of beets.  Ready for this,  Dr. Oz says that beets are the Super Antioxidant!! Who new?  Dr Oz said that the blood red color of beets should remind you that they are good for blood flow.  The Nitric Acid that beets produce in your body open up blood vessels so that blood can surge throughout your body – to your heart, brain, sexual organs, etc.

Dr Oz also said that beets help to fight off Colon Cancer and Leukemia, because the pigment found in beets helps to prevent cancer cells from forming and growing..  Beets also help to reduce inflammation which can lead to heart disease.

Beets can also help with weight loss,  There are only 37 calories in 1/2 c. cooked beets .  You can boil them or roast them. Here is my husband's recipe for pickled beets which was adapted from Mc Call's Cook Book, circa 1963!

Pickled Beets This recipe is for about 1 lb. of fresh beets.
1 lb. fresh beets, tops removed
1 cup vinegar
4 Tbsp sugar
2 bay leaves
2 small onion sliced                   
Dash of ground cloves

What to do:
Put whole beets in a pan and boil 10-15 min .Drain beets reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Cool beets, slice and put in jar.   Put beet liquid, vinegar, sugar, bay leaves, and dash of ground cloves in a small saucepan.  Bring to boil. Reduce heat,  simmer 5 minutes. Pour over  cooled sliced beets beets in glass jar . Refrigerate until well chilled at least 1 hour, or until ready for use.

Click here for Dr. Oz's roasted beets and another beet recipe.


  1. Pickled beets sound terrific, love the addition of cloves.

  2. I'm so glad you posted this!!! I'm not really a beet fan, however I do enjoy them pickled, but I didn't really now how to do it. Our Farmer's Market has been full of them recently and they look so good, but I was hesitant as I just didn't know what to do with them. I'm making this next week!!

  3. Yay - so many great bakers on that list. This bake sale is gonna be a great success!!
    Your husband cracks me up - he sounds so much like mine. Heaven forbid they eat anything healthy for them. At least he is eating these Dr. Oz approved beets.
    Love your picture too!

  4. It's looking like it's going to be a great sale, keep up the good work. I have to have my beets pickled too.

  5. Thank you for all of your kind comments, and try the pickled beets.

  6. Pickled beets are my favorite..I eat them almost every day:)) Great news for online bake sale!
    Thanks for sharing Becky

  7. Hi Becky-Your pickled beets are so perfect and yummy. I also add bay leaves when boiling them, but have not tried it with cloves. Sounds delicious.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I'm following your blog, now.
    I will respond to your e-mail tomorrow regarding the bake sale.
    Thanks for sharing:D

  8. Sandra- You are ahead of the game, with the beets, that is!

    Elisabeth- Thank you so much for following me. The beets are delicious.

  9. My grandma used to make pickled beets and I grew up loving them. However, I have not made them myself as an adult and considering how good for you they are I think I should start :o)


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