I dug out a recipe I had found a while back and sat down to make up my grocery shopping list. Except, the second ingredient was orange juice concentrate and for some reason I wasn't feeling it. Blegh. I've got beets, I don't need any more sweet in my salad. So, I scrambled to find a new recipe, and voila! Easy, 42-minute beet and goat cheese salad recipe? Sold!
Except Giada De Laurentiis is a beautiful dirty liar.
I, too, can make any recipe take just 42 minutes and call it easy if I take out all the cooking that requires over an hour of cooking and/or constant, unwavering toasting attention, Giada you lying whore.
If I had paid more attention, I would have realized that her recipe assumes you magically have cooked beets and toasted walnuts already on hand. I mean, come on! Anybody can throw a bunch of crap onto some greens and make a salad. The whole point was that I needed to learn the inner workings of beets. Which, as it turns out, are surprisingly complex.
Giada's still a dirty liar, though.