My Mom is a fabulous cook, I have known that for a while. But the menu she put together for the party was impressive, even for her prodigious talents. She did a lot of shopping at local farmer's markets and managed to make some side dishes that were simply too fresh and too delicious not to share with you. Please forgive the repeat photographs from yesterday . . . I was too busy eating to keep shooting photos!
The key to this recipe is getting SUPER FRESH beets! From the can just won't do.
(this isn't the exact recipe that my Mom used, but it is pretty darn close)
We made this without the goat cheese since we were already putting it on the beets, but I am sure it would be delicious either way!
Quinoa and Parsley Salad (with apricots, celery and green onions)
If you are not familiar with quinoa, it is a very healthy cross between a grain and a seed and has the consistency of cous cous. It originated in South America but can now be found at most health food stores or in the organics section of your local grocery store. Trust me, it is totally worth trying.
Easy Ice Cream Cake, topped with chopped Snickers bars
Seriously, way too good and too simple to make to pass up. Perfect for a summer cook out. I topped it with cute blue and green candles (to match my theme) and fun pennant flags on skewers. It looked pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.
As you can see, none of this food lasted very long and I may just have to make another batch of each recipe just to hoard all to myself.