I always buy way too much produce at the farmers market. Seriously. It’s a problem. You’d think I was coming home to feed a family of six.
But no. Just me. And a big pile of fruits and vegetables.
I realize that there are worse problems to have in life.
But if there is one good thing that has come out of my irresponsible shopping behaviors, it’s that I am constantly trying out new combinations for salads. Because tossing whatever is left at the end of the week into a big bowl is the best way I know how to clean out my refrigerator.
And that is exactly how this Roasted Beet and Plum Salad came into my life. A happy accident of sorts.
Earthy beets and sweet, juicy plums go so well together. Especially with a sprinkle of tangy cheese, crunchy walnuts and fresh basil leaves. This salad is somewhat sturdy, kind of like the salads you might find yourself craving during the Fall. But it still has a refreshing quality that is the essence of Summer. I like to think of it as a “transition” salad. Perfect for now. And perfect for a little bit later in the year, too.
This would be a great recipe to try out for Labor Day weekend!
You could call this “chocolate therapy”. Or you could call it “boy bait”. But I think it’s a little bit of both. Get ready for some chocolate ice cream with beer! Hooray!
Beer and chocolate are some of my favorite things. So why not put them together into one creamy, rich and indulgent ice cream? Right? The idea is pure genius. So let’s all take a moment to thank Jackie (aka The Beeroness) for teaching us how to combine food and beer in magical ways. She is my hero.
One of the best things about this ice cream is that you can actually taste the beer in it. It’s not overpowering, but it’s there. And I wasn’t joking when I called this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream “boy bait”. I served this to three boys (errr…men?) and they all happily cleaned their bowls. Guys are just suckers for beer.
I used a chocolate stout in this recipe, to make it even more chocolately. But any stout (or porter) would work well here. Just make sure to use something that you like to drink, because you only need 1 cup for the recipe. So you’ll have to think of something clever to do with all the leftover beer. Hint: drink it!
Recipe barely adapted from The Beeroness