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262/365. We Got The Beet! (TM).

262/365. We Got The Beet! (TM). I.

i am so loving the spicy beets with grassmilk yogurt and caraway sauce i made yesterday. i took it to work and got generally positive reviews and quite a few usage suggestions.

it totally works as a topping for a burger ( in this case, an olive and swiss ). and yes, you can also dunk it in fries.

although it can be eaten and enjoyed all by itself as a savory yogurt, it’s really a multifunctional, vaguely mediterranean, spicy sauce analogous to sriracha sauce.

as a brand manager, i think it needs an identity more interesting than “spicy beets with grassmilk yogurt and caraway sauce”, befitting of its festive red color and spicy attitude. how about “We Got The Beet!”? i guess i should look into what it would take 262/365. We Got The Beet! (TM). II.

the possibilities are endless. cut it with some olive oil for a spicy beet yogurt vinaigrette. it was lovely on a roasted beet salad with feta cheese and toasted walnuts.

261/365. recipe: spicy pureed beets with grassmilk yogurt and caraway.

261/365. recipe: spicy pureed beets with grassmilk yogurt and caraway.

i found this puréed beets with yogurt and caraway by martha rose schulman and thought i’d give it a try with organic valley’s new 100% grass-fed, cream on top grassmilk yogurt.

i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s really, really good! i think it works all by itself as a savory/spicy yogurt but would also pair well with lamp or pork as a condiment in addition to eating with warm pita bread as martha rose schulman suggests.

if you end up making let me know what you think and if you ate it standalone or as a condiment.

don’t skip the ground caraway! it really brings in unique element to the recipe.

1 ½ pounds beets (4 medium), roasted beets
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup plain grassmilk yogurt
1 tablespoon agave syrup or light corn syrup
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne, to taste
Salt to taste

– preheat oven to 350F
– roast beets for about an hour
– peel beets, cut into wedges and let cool
– crush and finely chop garlic
– add beets and garlic together in blender and pulse to chop beets into smaller chunks
– add yogurt and puree until smooth
– add agave nectar or light corn syrup, olive oil, ground caraway, cayenne and salt to taste.
– continue to blend until well mixed.


250/365. i accidentally found a new parking spot at organic valley hq.

250/365. i accidentally found a new parking spot at organic valley hq.

a colleague peered into the office i was squatting in at organic valley hq ( new digs still under construction and my regular office is not at hq which is why i was squatting ) and asked somewhat sheepishly, “yoooouuuuu drive a gray jetta tdi?”

“uuuuuuhhhhhh, yes!”

and before he could respond i spun around and looked out the window to see it was definitely not where i parked it.

“looks like it rolled out of its spot.”

indeed, it had. now i have to admit that i’m wasn’t *completely* surprised. the car is 11 years old and the manual transmission is a little finicky. sometimes, when you think it’s in gear it’s not, and it has a tendency to pop out of gear easily. aaaaaaaand the parking brake is loose so you reaaaaaaallllly have to crank on it to get it to work. up until today we could rely on either the transmission or the brake to keep it in place without both failing simultaneously ( well, actually – true confession time – both failed once before ). maybe i should travel with blocks that i can put under the tires when parked? or maybe i should just stop procrastinating get the car into a shop :-)

it was mildly amusing that it rolled back to rest perfectly between bushes on either side and a tree to the rear without an inch to spare anywhere. i couldn’t have parked it that perfectly if i tried. *super* !SUPER! glad nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged.

for some reason, i personally think the most amusing part of the story is my boss owns the red jetta wagon in the photo and pulled into the spot where i was parked not long after my jetta rolled out ( and didn’t notice, or just though, “oh i guess snowdeal found a new parking spot.” ).

208/365. odin’s new favorite yogurt is heading to stores near you.

208/365. odin’s new favorite yogurt is heading to stores near you.

i was proud to be part of the launch of organic valley’s 100% grass-fed, non-homogenized grassmilk in 2012 and have been even prouder to watch it grow in popularity ( if told me 10 years ago that i’d get interviewed by the wall street journal over milk, i’d have thought you were crazy. ).

ever since we launched the milk people have asked us to make yogurt. we heard you! whole milk, cream on top. two flavors – plain and vanilla. made with nothing but milk and cultures ( and a bit of fair trade vanilla and sugar in the vanilla ). it’s really, really, really good. but don’t just take my word for it. i brought a few tubs from the first production run and odin and his cousin evelyn broke into them when i was at work the next day. when i came home they excitedly exclaimed how awesome the yogurt was and that it was their faaaaavorite yogurt EVAR ( not joking. it was a completely unsolicited product review. ). also, they demanded i bring home more tubs because they nearly finished the one i brought home :-)

i couldn’t be prouder of the product team who knocked it out of the park in developing a stellar product and the farmers and the cows for providing delicious, 100% grass-fed milk.

you should start seeing at whole foods and natural foods stores and select grocery stores soon. if not, ask for it! we’re waiting for it to through distribution and on shelves to make a big announcement but i see people tweeting about it so i thought it was fair game to give a sneak peak :-)

202/365. my stream of consciousness inner dialogue while picking up groceries.

202/365. my stream of consciousness inner dialogue while picking up groceries.

“mmmmm. an ice cold glass of milk with a gooey brownie would be soooooooo tasty right now. waaaaaaiiiiit a minit, the expiration date is in AUGUST OMG IT’S ALMOST THE END OF SUMMER AND THE START OF SCHOOL AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO DOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

171/365. odin has a new, favorite ov cheese ( and his poppi learns something interesting ).

171/365. odin has a new, favorite ov cheese ( and his poppi learns something interesting ).

we launched some new medium cheddar and pepper jack and thought i knew which would be his favorite.

odin loves ov cheddar cheese. in fact, he’ll tell you it’s his favorite cheese ( specifically ov raw sharp which i find amusing because when i was his age if it wasn’t pizza cheese or american cheese i didn’t want to anything to do with it ). but he mostly eats it on dishes – primarily tacos and beans and rice and cheese and kale – and not as a snack. he likes pepper jack, but it’s not even a top five favorite.

so, easy bet, right? medium cheddar would be a home run. bzzzzzzt. he and his buddies loooooooove the pepper jack. we can’t keep enough of it in the house.

you’d expect cheddar to outsell pepper jack so it’ll be interesting to see if odin and his buddies predict a national counterintuitive trend.

maybe we need to get him into the product development process a little earlier :-)

156/365. new work digs under construction.

156/365. new work digs under construction.

some might recall that two years ago we had a fire at organic valley hq. the burned out portion of the building was rebuilt in a year but marketing has been old bank in westby, wisconsin for two years because there’s no room for us at headquarters.

so, we’re building a new building in nearby cashton, wisconsin that’s coming along nicely. being in an old bank has been fine and all but can’t wait to move into the new building in early 2016!

i’m not sure who made the decision to not center the gambrel but it’s going to mess with my head :-)