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Every Valentine’s Day (even though I feel like on scale of 1 to tacky, Valentine’s Day scores a Dollywood)  I like to bring you a little fun with food. Because even though I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day fan I AM a huge food fan.   The first year I did this, I knocked it out of the park with my Mini Heart Tarts.

This year I wanted to do something with beets.  They’re red, they’re delicious (unless they taste like dirt to you in which case they’re earthy with a hint of moth) and I have a bunch of them in my cold cellar.  My cold cellar is actually an old pantry in my mud room by the way.  It’s also where I store my extra baking pans, cases of diet coke, Bogs and for some reason, a jar of “Glow in the Dark” lawn dust.  And yes, that would be dust that you sprinkle on your lawn to make it glow in the dark.  Presumably to make your lawn the most attractive lawn in the neighbourhood to alien visitors.



So if you’re planning on cooking dinner this Valentine’s day, whether it’s just for you …   WAIT.  HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!!!   I would like to rephrase that because “just for you” implies cooking for you and you alone is sad. And forlorn. And unimportant. It is not.  I cooked great meals for myself before the fella, during the fella and after the fella.  I’m using “just for you” in the same way one would use the phrase “solely for you”.  Or even better “JUST FOR YOU!!!”.

So, whether this Valentine’s dinner is JUST FOR YOU!!!! or for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!! or YOU AND YOUR DOG!!! or YOU AND YOUR HAND HOLDER!!! add this little twist on beets.

All I’ve done is cook the beets, slice them, and then cut them with a small heart shaped cookie cutter.

Then you can either pile them into a nice little stack like I did in the photo above, or lay them out flat like I’ve done in the photo below.


If you have pickled beets, you can do this with them too.

If you don’t have pickled beets but want to make some now, here’s my pickled beet recipe. 

What better way to say “I heart you” and “I heart beets” all at the same time?

If you want to get fancy you can add a little bit of dressing to the beets with some crumbled goat’s cheese and a few crushed nuts or seeds like pecans or pumpkin seeds.  In fact, I almost always have a jar of this dressing in my fridge.

Dressing for Beets

A quick dressing that's great on beets, roasted red peppers, salad.
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Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Author: The Art of Doing Stuff


  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves if you can be bothered
  • dash of Salt & Pepper


  • Add your balsamic to the bowl first.
  • Mix in dijon, honey, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
  • Slowlyyyyyy drizzle in olive oil while whisking.


Now if you’ll excuse me I have some very demanding aliens to entertain.


  1. Luanne says:

    Tried your vinagrette with a veggie/sprouted bean salad. Yummy! Thank you. :)

  2. Cakespy says:

    Be still my beeting heart! (haha) I love this recipe!!!

  3. Laura Bee says:

    I made heart shaped pancakes for breakfast & my daughter & I had heart cutout PBJs for lunch. :) I should run out for beets to go with tonight’s pork chops. So cute.

  4. leslie says:

    Karen- I have a burning question! How do you get the olive oil not to solidify in the fridge? I hate bottled dressing and am suspicious of canola oil (maybe due to all the canolas I DON’T see growing in fields all around me). This extends to most other seed oils as well since they’ve gotten bad press from all kinds of new health reports. Is there a way to keep the dressing flowing without having to take it out of the fridge an hour before applying it to salad? Or holding it in your armpit when you’ve forgotten and guests are waiting to eat?

  5. Bella says:

    Karen, thanks for inspiration & practical how-to’s! Love your style and reading your posts… admire how you write ‘out loud’ like how you’d describe to a friend – such a gift for readers, real and relatable:)

    Combo weekend here – heart shaped beets/yummy dressing AND those 3 weekend cleaning chores… intend to both freshen my space & warm my heart/belly!!!

  6. Gwen says:

    You were very clever on making heart-shaped beets. I have never tried eating one but you just convinced me on this.

  7. charlotte tataryn says:

    Happy “almost” Valentine’s Day Karen and readers. I just fell across that wonderful finished ‘stump’ in your Style @ Home magazine spread (didn’t know you then) and I checked through the DIY’s but all I found was the ‘lazy stump’ and I cannot, for the life of me, find anything otherwise related to trees and/or stumps except how to open a wine bottle with one. Great info for campers but I’m REALLY looking to see how you finished that fine piece of wood. I haven’t got a stump that will work BUT I do have someone on the lookout. Maybe I need to remind him he’s doing that. Anyway, if any of you know the info on that stump table I’d sure like to hear about it. Pretty beets Karen – too bad I just can’t make myself like them despite how good they are for us.
    HVD everyone.

  8. Katrina says:

    What is this, glow in the dark lawn dust that you speak of?

    Is it something only sold in Canada? I don’t have lawn in the summer (drought in Cali) but damnit, I would like my dirt patch to glow at night!

    Beets. Blah. No matter how pretty you present them they still taste like dirt. (Shivers)

  9. Wisconsin Gal says:

    I googled lawn dust and found it online at Canadian Tire. It doesn’t get very good reviews, although one person reports success with it. Glow away!


  10. Karissa says:

    I kept waiting for a “beeting of my heart” pun…

  11. Marjorie Kramer says:

    These beets are so clever, they make me want to cook Valentines dinner just so I can make them! Hmmm.

  12. Shauna says:

    I really want Betty to tell us where she bought the glow in the dark lawn dust. I think I could definitely find a use for this stuff at Halloween.

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