Friday, June 15, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie: Lime Honey Beet Salad

I'm sitting here on my couch, on a Friday afternoon, numb, physically and emotionally drained, and unable to cry any more tears at the moment. If you follow us on Facebook, you already know we said goodbye to Dooley, the Newf in My Soup, and the sweetest, most lovable companion you can imagine. It was one of the worst days of my life, sitting on the floor in the vet's office, with John and I both crying uncontrollably, as he was put to sleep. He lived a long, healthy 13+ years, but we could tell he was in pain those last few days, and we were in pain knowing we couldn't do anything more for him.

I took time off from work this week, and considered taking time off from the blog, but cooking and blogging are enjoyable and provide an escape. This week's French Fridays with Dorie Lime and Honey Beet Salad wasn't easy to get through. It's a simple recipe, but I didn't have Dooley with me, sprawled across the kitchen floor. As I prepared the salad, I purposely talked to him like I always did, and explained what I was doing along the way. After dinner, we gave Trapper extra hugs and kisses. Dooley's little half-brother has some big paws to fill, but I think he's up to the challenge.


The beets are roasted, allowed to cool, peeled, cut into wedges and tossed in a vinaigrette of cider vinegar, lime zest and juice, honey, olive oil, and minced chives and dill. Dorie suggests serving them on a bed of lightly dressed arugula and adding a dollop of crème fraîche or sour cream. I omitted the dill and crème fraîche and we enjoyed this salad with a grilled New York steak and corn on the cob.


Dooley and Trapper

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group, dedicated to Dorie Greenspan‘s book Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours. As members of the group, we have purchased the cookbook and cook along as much as we can. There is a new recipe each week, and we post about that recipe on Friday. We are asked to refrain from posting the actual recipes on our blog. The book is filled with stunning photography, and personal stories about each recipe, which makes it that much more intriguing. I highly recommend adding it to your cookbook collection if you haven't already!

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12 comments:

Cher Rockwell said...

Denise - I am so sorry. I can't imagine how tough that has to be for you. I hope you are able to find some solace in the amazing memories you must have of him. Hugs

Nana said...

So sorry for your loss. Hubby and I have been thru
this a few times and it hurts. It's nice that you have another little one there to help get you thru this.

Sometimes keeping busy in the kitchen helps, even
if it is only for a little while.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

LakeladyP said...

Oh, how vary sad. I loved seeing the pictures of Dooley and his little half-brother Trapper and hearing stories about him. He will be greatly missed by all of us cooking and dog lovers. He will always have a place in my heart.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Carmen said...

Like a loyal companion, Dooley's presence will always be with you - Trapper carries his heritage - you hold his spirit.

Rose said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I too have experienced the loss of a beloved companion and know how painful it is. You have my sincere condolences.

Trevor Sis Boom said...

My blog has often pulled me back from the sadness going on around me. I'm glad you could find some comfort with yours as well. I'm sorry for the loss. Being there at the end and doing the right thing is the price we pay for allowing these find beings to love and depend on us so. Bless.

Frankly Entertaining said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

acookingmizer said...

His spirit will be with you always! :) I'm so sorry for your loss, but glad you managed to enjoy yourself while you made this too! Keep your head up!

Guyla said...

So sorry Denise! Dooley will be missed by those of us used to seeing him in your posts. Trapper must be missing him too. I hope you all can comfort each other.

Betsy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Dooley, Denise. It's amazing how much space in our hearts our dog companions take up. I'm glad you found some comfort in the kitchen. And you got a delicious beet salad to enjoy. My sympathy goes out to you and your family on your loss.