Are you guilty of trying to convince yourself to eat things you just don’t like because they’re good for you?  I know I am…at least when it comes to beets.  Check out my recipe for this peach, pluot and roasted vegetable salad for a beet recipe that even I enjoyed!

I also just want to take a moment to remember all the men, women and children who were lost on this day 11 years ago.  And to say thank you to all the men and women who fight to protect us every day.  We appreciate it.

I was merely blocks away from the World Trade Center when the towers hit, in a biology lab that I don’t remember.  Then, on the fifth floor in homeroom, watching from a window as they seemed to crack at once and then fall.  And then. I ran.

It feels like a lifetime ago.  And then again, it feels like yesterday.  But no matter how much time passes, what remains true is that I will never forget.  I’ve written more about my firsthand experience with 9/11 in previous posts, so I’ll just direct you to them if you’re a new reader and want to hear more.

9/11/11 –
9/11/10 –

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48 Responses to Peach, Pluot and Roasted Vegetable Salad

  1. Pam says:

    Lovely food. Sad day.

  2. Simply Life says:

    I have beets sitting in my fridge right now and NO IDEA what to do with them! thanks!

  3. Beautiful dish. So unique!
    Definitely reflecting and remembering today…

  4. bellini says:

    I happen to really love betts, but this also proves my theory that everyone will love everything if made in a way they will enjoy it. And yes, we must never forget.

  5. Beth says:

    How frightening it must have been for you, being so close and seeing the devastation first-hand. We all need to be so grateful to those brave men and women who keep us safe. Take care on this sad anniversary.

  6. I still remember your post from last year… and 9/11 is still very vivid in my memory. Love you lady

  7. Tandy says:

    I had to google pluot! I am going to read your two 9/11 blog psots now – my uncle was meant to go to work that day in the WTC and decided not to! Life is amazing that way 🙂

  8. Pierce says:

    It’s a good day to reflect on so many things to mourn and also be thankful for.
    Hey, my email to you may have been lost in a spam trap but, I have a book for you. If you want it, need address 🙂 Email me later at hexandkobe AT yahoo DOT com

  9. I just read your 9/11 post… It made my chest tighten… I’m glad you are here today Joanne… and yes, let’s take a moment to remember.
    P.S. Thanks for reminding me that I have beets hiding in my veggie crisper. I think I buy them mostly for the greens.

  10. Haha, I love how you hid “beet” in the title.. but please, don’t be afraid of beets. They are delicious. I think my favourite way to eat them is as chips (dehydrated). I also have a great borscht recipe… and I have a kasha and green bean salad to share later this week. I obviously love beets. 🙂

  11. marie says:

    I will check out your recipe, it looks delicious. I was home watching the news about the pane crashes 11 years ago today and it was so confusing. How scary to be so close to it. I too will always remember.

  12. I can’t believe how close you were to the towers. So scary. My fiance was living on Water St. at the time and had JUST gotten on a subway going up…so lucky.

    I totally force myself to eat things I don’t like. Why do we do this to ourselves?! I’m glad you found a way to make yourself “tolerate” beets. I happen to think they’re delish when enjoyed in small amounts 🙂

  13. Wow. you were so close to the towers Joanne. Sending you good vibes today, and gratitude for your existence. Thanks for the beet recipe, I love em :).

  14. Mary says:

    Those who were close to, or had friends close to the towers have this date burned in their memory. You are among the group personally touched by the day. I’m send hugs and blessings your way. Mary

  15. Katerina says:

    My brother was supposed to be at his work in Wall Street, but fortunately he had an exam and he was studying at home when this happened. Thank God we were able to get in touch with him before the telecommunications were down. I still remember the agony! The salad looks delicious!

  16. Laura says:

    I am going to have to try making this salad with quinoa-yum!

  17. I remember my dad picking my sister and me up from school on the UES and as we walked home plumes of smoke were rolling in from downtown.

  18. Lynn says:

    It was a day when I was still working at my corporate job and business came to a stand still. I began to panic when I couldn’t get in touch with my family in DC – but they were thankfully all OK. Although my brother-in-law had just left the Pentagon. Thankfully.

  19. Eileen says:

    When I lived in NYC (well after 9/11, in 2008-09) I heard so many first-hand accounts from the learning-disabled kids I tutored. Hearing these gigantic tough 18-y.o.s from the Bronx talk totally unselfconsciously about how they cried–yeah.

  20. Pam says:

    I was on my honeymoon on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean on 9/11. I will NEVER forget that day.

    I am not a fan of beets but the salad looks good to me!

  21. Gloria says:

    what delicious are ypurs salad Joanne always look wonderful!

  22. Gloria says:

    Personally I never forget September 11 Joanne I think the life changed for ever this day!

  23. Can’t believe 9/11 was 11 years ago! I remember that day so vividly.

    On a lighter note, I have to check out your recipe – it looks so wonderfully vibrant!

  24. Seems just like yesterday. Thank you for this post!

  25. I am still trying to convince my palate that beets are not just good for you, but they are delicious. They aren’t buying it. The same for goat cheese. Buuuuuuut, I keep trying. I’d definitely try this, and am sure I’d love it. I was on the other side of the continent when this happened. My brain couldn’t fully fathom what I was watching unfold, on my TV, at a very early hour of the morning on the West Coast. It’s a very sad day in history. Thank goodness you were in a safe place. I will never forget.

  26. Suzi says:

    Can’t even image. Still so hard to believe. I checked out your recipe looks healthy and quite tasty. I’m with you on trying to convince myself certain veggies are good fo you. I hate peas, still, LOL.

  27. I am not the biggest beet fan either Joanne. I like to say that I tolerate them so I am not a hater by any means. I am going to come back and ready your 911 posts when I have the time to really sit with it. It’s such a sad thing to have to honor.

  28. grace says:

    rye berries?!! i didn’t know those existed! what a delightful salad, joanne, even to this beet-hater.

  29. teresa says:

    wow, what a terrifying experience. it’s hard to believe it’s already been 11 years.

    the salad looks wonderful!

  30. Augh I can’t imagine being so close. And so young! Terrifying.

  31. Blond Duck says:

    I’ll never forget sitting in physics class when the planes hit…totally need this salad for comfort.

  32. daphne says:

    that just seem like yesterday but it was 11 years ago….

    this salad looks comforting and healthy- just what you need!

  33. Erica says:

    I remember that day like it was yesterday!Wow!!!!I was new in this country…. It’s hard to believe…… 11 years ago!!!

  34. Debbie says:

    I think we will always remember the moment we heard about the planes hitting World Trade Center. My eyes still well up with tears even now when I watch a video about it……thanks for sharing your memories and experience.

  35. Hotly Spiced says:

    I think we all remember where we were and what we were doing when the tragedy began. We had been out for dinner and came home and turned on the TV. A message flashed across the bottom of the screen saying a light plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre. We changed channels and stayed in front of the TV for the next six hours. We saw it all unfolding live and it’s something you hope you would never have to witness again xx

  36. kankana says:

    Simple meal for a busy weeknight. I was in India watching the whole thing in TV and just couldn’t believe my eyes or ears!

  37. That Girl says:

    I love roasted vegetable salads and I love fruit in my salad, but I would have never thought to pair the two.

  38. vianney says:

    what a tasty combo!


  39. Guru Uru says:

    It is hard to believe it has been so long my friend, when the event remains almost fresh. A beautiful post and thank you for yet another wonderful recipe.


  40. Barbara says:

    We’ll never forget that day, Joanne. My daughter lived/lives 4 blocks from ground zero and actually saw the planes go in.

  41. Kari says:

    I did note the day yesterday, with sadness that doesn’t reduce with the years. I am so sorry you were so close – what a horrible experience.

  42. Johanna GGG says:

    great salad – you don’t have to convince me to eat beetroot or any of the ingredients – but I have come to accept that there are some things I just don’t like!!! So I am impressed you are still learning to like ingredients

  43. Reeni says:

    One time I made a beet smoothie. Don’t ever do that. Not good. I remember reading your vivid account of that terrible day. It made me cry.

  44. Goodness I love plutots. I never thought to use them in anything other than a good ol’ pluot snack — but I love this idea of combining sweet stone fruits and roasted veggies!

  45. Katie says:

    It was certainly a day we’ll always remember. This simple dish seems like a fitting tribute.

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