Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Red Beet Dumplings, Mache & Golden Beet Miso Broth

Creative Cooking Crew Jan 14: Dumplings

It is great to be posting in 2014.  Hope you are all having a fabulous start to the new year.  I have not been blogging lately.  Life is quite hectic, (in the best possible way), right now for me.  2014 is setting up to be an incredibly exciting, game-changing year.

When I started this blog in 2010, I posted A LOT.  Food blogging was a thrill.  Sharing my food photos.  Meeting some nice like-minded cooks to share with.

Also, meeting some real assholes I'd rather forget.

The truth is that in time I realized there are many aspects of blogging that do not appeal to me at all.  Posting recipes is a pain in the ass.  Especially when you tend to have multiple component courses like I do. Posts tend to get LONG and attention spans are SHORT.  Not a good equation.

The "comment game" is tedious and mind-numbing...

My point is that there are numerous reasons why my post activity is way down.

With that said, this tiny blog started as a labor of love for me.  I love cooking.  I love pushing myself in the kitchen.  It feeds my creative soul.

Somewhere along the line things changed but...

In 2014, I plan to pick things back up again.  So, thank you.  Yes, you.  That one person still reading here.  I will continue to share with my food with...YOU.  Hope you enjoy it...

I am excited that our cooking group is still going.  It's been a long time now.  Glad this thing is still here. Through a few incarnations.  I always get inspired by collaboration.  Cooking with this group of talented folks really is an honor.

This month we tackle dumplings.  I decided to use beets.  The market is abundant with fantastic beets these days.  This is a most nutritious and delicious veggie.

Plus, so vibrantly colorful...

Red Beet Dumplings, Mache & Golden Beet Miso Broth

I know.  I know.  The photo sucks.  Normally I photograph outside.  This past weekend was impossible for me to work on this stuff.  So, this is a photo taken inside my condo.  Que mierda!

Moving on....

Both varieties of beets offer great flavor and amazing color contrast.  All the veggies were oven-roasted.  In my mind intensifying all flavors throughout the course.  Making the finished product something truly sublime.

My wife is not a beet fan at all.  She enjoyed the hell out of this course.

Red Beet Dumpling Filling:
  • Red Beets
  • Yellow Onion
  • Anchovie Fillets
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Sea Salt
  • White Pepper
Golden Beet Miso Broth
  • Golden Beets
  • Miso
  • Yellow Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
I roast my veggies wrapped in foil.  Oven at 400 F.  For about 50 minutes.  Works for me.

Thanks again for dropping by.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks and months.

Be Well!


  1. Glad you got your mojo back. Don't you dare give up blogging! I love your authentic, oft times spicy, narratives -- and I'll happily take my food in courses, well-presented and creatively inspiring as I always find here.

    Love this dish -- how clever of you to put anchovies in the dumpling filling.

  2. Laz. You KNOW what I'm thinking so I won't say it. Actually- yes, I will- TOTALLY agree with everything. Trying to get it together and get myself back. Blogging has changed- don't know if I can deal, but your brilliance will always rise above. Stay true to you. This is GORGEOUS
    On another note- Michelle, how can you not like BEETS? Blasphemy! LOL

  3. Laz, I'm excited that we are close just a tiny bit in concept. I love your broth way better. I show soup just as an option. I love beets and I'm glad that they are coming into glory here, sitting with that earthy broth.

  4. I am dying to see just the dumpling - I love the broth

  5. Thrilled to see you post, Laz, especially as I understand where you're coming from on the blogging stuff. It takes so much time- the paradox is that my kids say I make less in the kitchen since I started to blog!
    Who cares about the photo quality: it looks fabulous, tasty and love your different beets used, that you roast them. Always love your writing style, how you make us laugh and really look forward to future posts.

  6. Laz I know what you mean Laz...but I am glad to get a glimpse of you at least once a month. Te adoro y este plato tambien!

  7. Great idea for the dumplings, especially with the color contrasts. Glad to be seeing more of you online soon.

  8. Woot woot!! It's so exciting to see LC come back to life! :D I cannot wait to see what's to come. The photo is not totally horrible by the way. Looks good to me! :D and it all sounds very good.

    Cheers to a productive, delicious and fulfilling year my friend! :D


  9. I like having a few people I keep in touch with through blogs. Just a few words sometimes to let them know I am reading and vice versa. I know some are phony as hell but so many like-minded food lovers too.

    That said, fun dish. Beet gnocchi is one of my favorite things so a dumpling would be right up my alley.

  10. What a lovely take on dumplings! Also, I'm glad to see you looking forward to posting more this year! I'm always happy to see your creativity on your blog, Laz :-D

  11. Hey Laz, I am glad to hear that things are going so well for 2014! I agree with you about blogging and because I do it for my business too, I keep going. These challenges are great for me because it gives me something to post about. During high season when I'm busy (now) I don't always have time to play about in the kitchen enough to blog about it, so the CCC is a great topic for me every month. Also, I stopped putting recipes and step by step a long time ago, I no longer want to share that intellectual property for free. I also feel you on shooting outdoors and am in the same boat as you, esp with it getting dark so early. Now, about those beet dumplings, I normally wouldn't like a beet dumpling either but if Michelle likes them, I would too (we seem to have the same tastes!) Keep up the good work, brother.

  12. I know what you mean about blogging. I go back and forth on whether I love it or hate it. Still trying to get in the frame of mind that I do it because I love food and when it becomes a chore then I'll stop doing it.
    I have only really had beets roasted or pickled. I love the miso base in this so I'm sure it will be a hit.

  13. It is crazy how consuming blogging can be - I feel like I spend much less time in the kitchen and more on the non fun parts of it. I'm sorta trying to find my way to a new, saner balance for this year.

    I am not a fan of beets, but I really really want to try this dish! awesome job!

  14. You had me at golden beets miso. And funny, the first thing I noticed was your slightly out of focus photo! Because your photos ROCK! Life is indeed full of change-good for you. Happy to see your post.


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