It's my first Monday back in the Philly area, and it's bittersweet. I miss State College a whole lot, but there is a fantastic silver lining: I have access to a sweet stove, ample counter space, and one of the best grocery stores ever when it comes to produce. I was driving back from getting my typhoid, yellow fever, hep a, and polio shots when I decided that this place wasn't a detour at all, and that I really should stop in.
First thing I reach for, of course, is beets. I love the color, the flavor, the wide variety of applications for them. Second thing I go for is some green plantains, which I had to actually ask about because what they had labeled as green plantains was a stack of yellow and brown plantains (not the same flavor or texture, not what I was aiming for). They guy found a box in the back and brought them out. He goes on to ask me if I really eat these things, and if they're anything like bananas. Same question from the cashier, actually.
Plantains are for later, beets were for lunch. I made a pasta with a beet sauce and decided to practice some shooting in the last stages of cooking. Here's the final plate, really tasty, and an awesome color. I took some lighter shots, but they were all too blurry and I wasn't happy with the color. I'll have to work on that.