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December 3, 2008

Rutabaga trend alert


Sometimes Multimedia Editor Emeritus and Biker Dude John Lindner's Shallow Thought Wednesday posts are so shallow they are like, wow, deep. EL

The babushka of the vegetable kingdom, the rutabaga can often be found drinking and playing cards with turnips and parsnips and cabbages.

The first food to be used as a "jack-o-lantern" and believed to be uncouth because of its mixed heritage and reputation as a symbol of damned souls, rutabagas are frequently turned away from polite company.

Of course, the same could once be said about lobsters.

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Posted by Elizabeth Large at 10:56 AM | | Comments (9)


I actually ducked, because when this went over my head, I feared it might hit me.

Can someone help me? Abigail? KristenB? Bueller?

For the record, let me state my love and affection for rutabagas, but the last two words I would put in a sentence together would be rutabaga and trend. Thanks for the smile.

Ruta-flippin'-baga? GACK! Years ago I ruined a lovely pot of vegetable beef soup by adding was the only thing I could taste. ICK!! Frankly, JL, I don't believe turnips and parsnips and cabbage would ever play with rutabaga--they're perfectly respectable and it isn't.

Rutabagas deserve a trend! They are an antique, heritage veggie. Those are trendy. They can be locally grown! They store well (if waxed). They can be cooked a bunch of ways, and they are cheap. Probably nutritious, too.

I'll practice linking another time:

This is a little wierd ... there were a lot of people complaining to anyone who would listen at my Giant (#158) that there were no yellow turnips the week before Thanksgiving. I even heard people comment about it the Friday after. That's the same as rutabagas, right?? Did some trend spotter grab them all up??

Dottie, I might agree were reason and taste grounds for trend. But they cannot be or there would be no trends.
Consider the Slinky.
DBJS, Lissa, Eve: I bow, I scrape. Thank you.
Yo Bucky!

Rutabagas are called yellow turnips in New England.

elizabeth, i was excited about the title but when i got to the posts there was no this just a blog burp?

Can't you see the video? EL

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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