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Pickling beets with Brayden, and other food fun
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Pickling beets with Brayden, and other food fun

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ELKO – Food traditions are prominent in many families. From Aunt Betty’s “Bean Bonanza” to Grandpa Ernie’s “Eggplant Extravaganza,” food combinations and the memories connected to them are handed down over time.

Some cooks love to preserve the history of food preparation and, at the same time, search for new delicacies to please the ever-changing family palate.

“I do a lot of internet searches for new recipes,” said Deb Bonetti. “In fact, I get emails from places like Kraft.”

An avid baker, Bonetti said none of her kids like to eat wheat anymore.

“They are doing ‘paleo’ all the time and other kids are doing ‘keto,’ and there is not a lot of bread with that. So, I am always looking for healthy stuff that they will eat with a lot of vegetables and meat. I just stumbled across that (cauliflower recipe) one day and everyone loved it. I made it last Saturday and it lasted about five minutes.”

Bonetti also loves cooking with a Dutch oven, and canning.

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“I love to make sauerkraut,” she said.

Cooking is a big part of family life for Bonetti. Her son-in-law, Jon Karr, owns two restaurants in town – Dreez and The Blind Onion.

“Brayden, Jon and Audrey’s boy, grew his own garden this year,” Bonetti said. “We were hoping to enter his veggies in the fair. Well, that didn’t happen.”

Instead, Bonetti taught her grandson how to can pickled beets.

“I went over to his house and he had them all plucked from the garden, washed off and ready to go. My mom and dad grew a garden every year and their thing was to pickle beets.”

“He is definitely going to follow in Jon’s footsteps,” Bonetti said. “He has already said he wants to be a business owner. He loves going to work with his dad.”

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