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Endive...who knew. 
Aug. 16, 2009 1:47 pm 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2009 5:35 pm
So, I'm preparing my lesson plan for teaching "An Italian Cafe" night when I got researching Endive.
Here's the story....in 1830 some guy left chicory root in his dark, damp basement while he travelled.
He had intended to use the chicory root to create a coffee substitute. When he returned he found a tender pale yellow shoot had developed on top of the chicory root.....slightly bitter, crunchy and interesting, it soon became popular with chefs.  Who knew?

I'm thinking why would anyone even taste something that grew in his basement for months????  

Today I made Vegan Blueberry Corn Muffins, also tried the Coconut Tofu Curry from AR...pretty good. and made up some wonderful carmelized onions to mix with Orzo...my fam loves this.

Orzo with Carmelized Onion

1 lb Orzo cooked
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
2 large Vadalia onions-chopped
up to 2 Tbsp brown sugar
24 Cherry tomatoes

Cook and drain the Orzo

melt butter, 1/2 the sugar in a pan and add onions
Cook slowly , med low, about 20 minutes until soft and carmel color
Add more sugar if you want it sweeter, then cook a few more minutes
Add parsley, Orzo
Add tomatoes and cook a few minutes to soften the tomatoes.

Aug. 16, 2009 10:44 pm
LOL.. I always wonder how things get discovered... Especially stuff in the wild! I mean who's the first guinea pig to taste it and see whether or not they will kick the bucket! ;)... Thanks for the insight and recipe!
Aug. 17, 2009 8:15 am
Coco, I'm a researcher by hobby....not profession. This year when I was gathering seeds to plant my garden, something that I've seen before but never bought until this year, was "rainbow carrots". On the package they are assorted colors from deep purple, to pink, to white, to yellow, and orange. Anyway, my daughter was skeptical of pink & yellow carrots, but deep purple carrots? So together we sat and researched. Turns out, orange carrots are the newbies as far as carrots are concerned. They were only developed a mere 700 years ago and the Purple ones? They are the originals. They've been around for 1000 of years or more. Every single one of them tastes like what you would expect, and its been fun to see what pops out of the ground next.
Aug. 17, 2009 1:28 pm
Sounds delicious! I can't wait to try this. Since my family lived in Vidalia, GA for years...I love the onions.
Aug. 17, 2009 5:33 pm
Avon...Unbelievable! I love this kind of info! I'll have to pass this on to my classes. Thanks!
Aug. 17, 2009 5:34 pm
Paula...is that you my Paula in Minneapolis?
Aug. 17, 2009 5:35 pm
You're more than welcome Traci
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