BMF Waffle Salad

The third day of waffle week brings a somewhat healthier option: a salad. Yeah, and I even took a bite! Amazing… I know. I actually kind of liked it. But since I didn’t eat the whole thing, I invited some girlfriends over to make sure the recipe was sound – they both agreed it was quite tasty. Since I couldn’t just sit there while they ate, I chowed down on the basil/mint/feta waffle and some leftovers from the BLT-double-E. I think it was a win-win for all of us.

Oh yeah, and as for the name – it has two meanings. First, BMF = basil, mint, feta. Second = well, its three bad words. I realized this after coming up with the abbreviation for the ingredients and thought it was pretty awesome. Children may be reading this blog so I won’t spell it out but I’m sure you can figure it out.

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Surette Roasted Berries

Ready for a summertime dream? These Surette roasted berries are simple to make and absolutely enchanting on the taste buds. And since it is a dessert made with berries, you won’t feel so bad about going back for seconds (or thirds like I did).  The beer chosen for this recipe is Surette, a Provision Saison by Crooked Stave. It is wild aged in oak barrels to create a product that is tart and fruity with a bit of citrus. The sour flavors of Surette combine with the spicy cinnamon and sweetness of the berries to make a dish that is utterly delightful. Happy cooking, eating, and drinking!

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Chunky Veggie Pasta Sauce made with Duchesse de Bourgogne

I have to be honest with you all. I made this recipe for one reason and one reason only…. I wanted to poop. As you know, I hate vegetables. Unfortunately, veggies are filled with fiber that does wonderful thing to your body. I was determined to find a way to get veggies into my belly so I came up with this pasta sauce recipe a few years back. It wasn’t until I started the blog though, that I decided to add beer to the recipe. I trusted my beer expert, Xavier, when he said he knew of a beer that would be perfect for my sauce. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a Flanders Red Ale straight from Belgium. It is slightly sour and very vinegary which is why it is great to cook with. Remember this, acid pushes flavors forward. And not the crazy acid that makes you trip balls, the kind of acid that is found in vinegar. Adding acid to a dish will really boost the flavor, especially sauces with tomatoes. If you can’t find Duchesse, add some red wine vinegar (4 tablespoons) instead and you should be satisfied with the final product. This recipe makes a ton of sauce so its great if you’re cooking for a bunch of your friends or you can store it in the fridge for healthy lunches/dinners all week long!

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