Pickled Beets Recipe

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summary: recipe for pickled beets; magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today’s poem; (click on image for larger view)

pickled beets Yesterday, when I talked about pickled beets, I wasn’t joking about how good they are. Nor was I joking about how good they were as a garnish for macaroni and cheese.

Pickled beets are also fantastic with sharp cheddar cheese in a sandwich. And of course, they’re delicious on their own as well.

And after mulling it over a little more, we even think that pickled beets would be good on ice cream. After all, we’ve made beet ice cream, why not top it with beets?!

Here’s how I made our pickled beets based on Katie’s (Thyme for Cooking) recipe for pickled beets. The only major change I made was to add fennel seeds and whole peppercorns.

Pickled Beets
based on Katie Z’s (Thyme for Cooking) recipe for pickled beets

  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 2/3 c cider vinegar
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1/3 c water
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 4 or 5 beets, sliced
  1. Put everything except the beets into a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beet slices and simmer for 3 minutes more.
  3. Spoon into sterilized jars, leaving a half inch head space and process the jars for 8 minutes.
» Of course, you don’t have to process the jar(s). Simply refrigerate the beets and eat them within a couple of months.


magnetic poetry RePoWriMo 2011

It’s April!! And time for magnetic poetry! J’adore magnetic poetry!

Rhino Writer (RePoWriMo) wrote the following:

spring is sprung
… and, after a period of hibernation not unlike winter, so is this blog.

I’m back! Refrigerator poetry for all! Come April 1st -- dust off those magnets and clear off your fridge for another month of creating a poem a day.

My favourite kind of magnetic poetry is contrived magnetic poetry. We used to choose ten twenty tiles randomly and then everyone would create poems from the same words. We’d hide our final poems until all had created their poem(s). We could make as many poems as we liked with the tiles. Our only rules were that all tiles had to be used AND was that each tile could only be used once. (Please see the revised rules.)

Even though we have the French version of Magnetic Poetry, I much prefer using our English tiles….

So. Want to play? Here are your tiles in alphabetical order:

[and] [are] [at] [butt] [chain] [ed] [er] [friend] [has] [ing] [leave] [ly] [music] [on] [sleep] [the] [time] [will] [wind] [you]

For more information about RePoWriMo please read the following:


In case you want to compose your poem before seeing what I did, here is my poem from the above words

edit: Okay, okay! Due to heavy complaints about the stringent rule saying that all tiles have to be used, I will make an alteration.

Revised Contrived Magnetic Poetry Rules: From the twenty tiles chosen, use as many of the tiles as you like to create as many poems as you like. Remember that each tile can only be used once.

Happy now, T? :lalala:

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8 responses to “Pickled Beets Recipe

  1. Rhino Writer

    I left out “at”, “ly”, and “wind”

    sleep on, friend
    you are chained
    the music will leave
    and butter has time

    (okay, so maybe “butt” and “er” aren’t technically supposed to be mixed, but hey.)

    Not supposed to be mixed, RW?? I churned “butt” and “er” together too in my poem. -ejm

  2. T

    No, no! Using all the words was never the rule.

    I have all my poems from 1996 with all the word options. We never had to use all the words. Change the rule and I’ll play.

    – T

    Oh my!! :lalala: Your wish is my command, T… here are revised rules -ejm

  3. your sister barbara
    • My main poem:


    • Here’s my bonus poem using the leftover words

    [the] [wind] [has] [time] [and] [sleep]
    [l[ing] [er] [friend]
    [will] [you] [leave] [music] [on]

    • In case you’re wondering about [l[ing], the [ing] tile overlaps the y in [ly]
    • I just looked at your poem, ejm, and it’s so good that I think you somehow managed to have better words than me.
    1. I am having fun with lists. I never bothered with html in your blog before.
    2. Whee!

    WHAT a showoff to think of overlapping the tiles! -Elizabeth

  4. your sister barbara

    I see that everyone else’s poems are also excellent.

    I cannot stop laughing at your main poem, Barbara. And your second one is very good as well. (Sorry about the numbered list in your comment above not showing up correctly. I don’t know WHAT I’ve done with the styles to cause that.) -Elizabeth (edit: fixed it!!!)

  5. your sister barbara

    Would I like to try it? Um, no. I mean “no thank you”.

    Are you sure? We’re rethinking seriously that it might be very very good. -E


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