Carrots usually show up in savory situations, but their sweet, creamy flavor is great in desserts, too. (Just ask carrot cake.) In this thoroughly modern ice cream, carrots get simmered in a mixture of cream, milk, and brown sugar until they’re fork-tender, then blended into a bright-orange ice cream base. A splash of cider vinegar seems out of place, but it keeps the end result balanced and bright, like summer should be. Assuming this makes you a vegetable ice cream convert (it will!), try these flavors next: beet and corn. —Emma Laperruque
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.