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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Recommend April SOS Kitchen Challenge Recipe Round-Up: Beets (Email)

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Back in the late 1990s, I was in love with the neo-hippie jam band Rusted Root. One of my my favorite lines from the band's blissed out and drum-filled ouevre is as follows: "All I want is food and creative love."  The line was repeated over wild, primal drumming.   This is the kind of song that sweaty, nappy-haired people in patchwork outfits like to dance to (a description that used to fit me to a "t").  I loved this song and listened to it repeatedly. Thinking back on it, I take pity on roommates, neighbors, my friends...

Although that many bongo drums may drive me into seizures or something these days, I still appreciate the carnal, indulgent message of the song. Really, what better is there on Earth than food and creative love?  Isn't that what we all want?  That what I want anyway, I know that much.  Hmn, are my decadent Taurean tendencies are showing?
What does all that have to do with you?  Well, the response you had to the first SOS Kitchen Challenge was the perfect fusion of food, creativity, and love.   Ricki (my challenge co-host and author of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs) and I were absolutely thrilled and astounded at the creativity and love you all showed for beets. We received a whopping 24 submissions from readers all over the globe!  In fact, I think you created a new genre of foodie-ism: creativebeetlove

Thank you to everyone who participated, and I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me.  I loved seeing your recipes and getting introduced to so many great bloggers.  Ricki and I are discussing plans for the SOS Kitchen Challenge, so stay tuned - Ricki is hosting next month's challenge, and will announce it next week!

And now, without further adieu, here is a round-up of the incredible recipe submissions.  Get a bib, because you are going to drool.

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