Highlights of summer:
-watermelon juice dripping down my arms
-failed attempts at catching fireflies
-successful attempts at catching frogs
-long walks at the beach
-cold morning dew on bare feet
-black keys. florence and the machine. summerfest.
-kayak excursions during tornado watches
-rollerblading down steep hills!
-not being able to stop and wiping out on a random stranger’s lawn.
-homemade custard 🙂
-stopping to smell the flowers
-long bike rides
-off road bike rides into the thick of the forest
-getting bit by a ba-gillion flies in the process
-fresh caught salmon from Lake Michigan grilled simply, just perfectly.
-visits from old friends
-Road trip to Colorado!
-waking up at 1 am to hike 12+ hours into mountain heaven
-hiking hiking hiking!
-campfires and smores
-spending time with the family 🙂
Summer is almost over. It’s time to say hello to fall. Time to say hello to sweaters and scarves and pumpkin picking and apple cider and vibrant leaves and gusts of wind and school and soups and stews and my personal favorite…..root vegetables!!!!! Oh how I love them in each and every way. Oven roasted, sauteed, pureed, spiced, baked in a pie! I think if it were not for root vegetables, I would be much more apprehensive about seeing summer fade away. Fortunately for me, there is yummy baked acorn squash to greet the new season.
As much as I love the lighter salads and grilled foods of summer, my favorite will always be the hearty, warm dishes of fall. Chilis, venison stew, pork roasts, baked macaroni and cheese. These are what I love. So I was completely ecstatic when my mom decided to make beef stew for dinner last night. Though summer is still clinging in the air…and it is not yet September….we were ready for fall food.
Now, call me crazy or deluded, whatever you will….. but I actually feel lighter and less full if I have dessert after my meal. True fact. Take it or leave it.
Does this happen to you? Or is this my mind telling me I have to have something sweet, even if my belly is ready to burst?
So I listen to my stomach. I have dessert. Homemade molten chocolate cake kinda dessert. Think chocolate lava oozing out of moist cake, mixing with frosty ice cream. It’s pure good. Never evil. No, not even with all the calories. Don’t even think about them. They are a figment of your imagination.
Did I mention it gets topped off with fresh, zingy raspberry coulis?! Yes. See, this is where we add fruit to dessert and call it healthy. Easy as pie. But seriously, this raspberry sauce has hardly any sugar in it! I like to counterbalance the sweetness of the chocolate with something rather tart. Otherwise all you taste is sugar, and that’s not what we’re going for.
The only thing I might do differently next time is to add some booze to the sauce.
Come on. You know you like that idea 😉
I made the molten chocolate cakes for a farewell dinner with my grandparents before I left for college. It was a great way to say goodbye to summer.
I’ll miss the warm days and cool nights. I’ll miss spending hours on the beach listening to the waves softly crash, and walking out to the lighthouse. But you what? Summer will come again. For now, let’s embrace fall and all the beauty that comes with it.
p.s. What does one do with leftover raspberry coulis? Well, one could potentially spoon it over vanilla ice cream and bake crisp brown sugar tuilles to serve alongside it.
Just a thought 🙂