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“I saw this & knew this had a place at our Thanksgiving table this year - planning on tender turnips & beets from our garden for this one. I'm going to splurge & plant some golden beets just for this recipe (but will use good old Detroit Reds too)! From Food & Drink - a weekly Tribune guide to enjoying eating from Tribune. Please note the original recipe did not include the beets, simply the 12 small turnips. Terra Brockman, author of the interesting article on vanilla, wrote: "On a cold day in early February, three cooks from Osteria di Tramonto came Downstate to participate in an old-fashioned hog butchering. That evening, they prepared a meal for the farmers, which featured sausages and many side dishes, including a roasted root vegetable medley. Everyone asked about the extra dimension to the roasted vegetables -- it was vanilla. This recipe is similar to what they served, but uses young turnips."”

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  1. Roast the beets several hours ahead (if using) to allow them time to cool to peel without pain on top of stain.
  2. Heat chicken broth, wine, thyme and bay leaf to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; lower heat to low. Cook until reduced by half, about 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add turnips, vanilla bean pod and seeds, salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add broth mixture to skillet; cook until liquid has almost evaporated and turnips are tender, about 20 minutes. Add beets after 10 minutes & avoid stirring much afterwards.
  5. Discard vanilla bean pod & serve.

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