We've chatted about making ice cream by hand before and there are different theories on the best way to go about it. With summer nearing the corner and warmer weather (finally) making an appearance, ice cream is on your mind. We feel you. Here are 6 ways to make creamy cold stuff without buying (or hauling out) your ice cream maker.
It's Reader Request week, and I'm looking forward to the posts we have scheduled. You asked, we answered. With all the great ideas you guys sent in, I had a tough time choosing just one. But one reader's suggestion sparked my interest the most—DIY versions of famous restaurant recipes! Call me crazy, but the one I settled on is the pleasantly cool and icy cocoa shake known as the Wendy's frosty.
Something happens when you're sick for many days. You lose your appetite, you watch a few bad movies, you entertain thoughts that you may never be well again. And then one morning, like magic, you wake up and have an appetite. The first thing that sounds delicious: a banana milkshake!
Q: A friend of mine loves Edy's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, but she doesn't live in the U.S. Has anyone re-created it or have any ideas on what ingredients to use? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
These days it happens more often than not: you find yourself hosting a dinner party where at least one guest has a dietary restriction. I've gotten used to this. I once fed a group of ten actors for a week: one vegan, two vegetarians, one allergic to nuts, one lactose intolerant and one with a wheat allergy, so I know I can usually roll with pretty much any cooking challenge.
But sometimes I goof, and when the goof is simply forgetting about an allergy and realizing I can make up something else on the spot, I get excited. This is how unexpected ideas come to be and how some of my best recipes are born.
Recently, I found myself tending a table for four, including a newly gluten-free friend. At the end of the meal, I set out four perfect little lemony desserts containing flour. Oops.
It's been an interesting few weeks in my house, to say the least. My fiance, in an effort to get back to "fighting weight," gave up beer and refined sugar for Lent. (As for me, I gave up French fries. It's been tough. I really really like French fries.) His abstinence has been hard on the both of us: I lost my number one recipe tester and he's forced to watch me eat sweets from the sideline.
Root beer may be traditional, but a float made with actual beer? Now that's a treat! Beers like chocolate stouts and fruity lambics are halfway to being desserts already. By adding a scoop of ice cream, we're just helping things along.
In the mood to mix your nightcap and dessert tonight? Something boozy and sweet — and brief? Here's just the thing. It's giggle-inducing to call this a recipe; it's more a whisper of a suggestion, a nudge to let you know that yes, Scotch and ice cream go very well together.
Come January, the hum and buzz of juicers everywhere builds and I hear of more and more people making resolutions to clean out their systems and drink more juice, at least temporarily. No judgement; in fact, last year at this time I was on a five-day juice cleanse so my juicer was working hard and I was feeling alive and clean. This year, though, I am more in the mood to make my ice cream machine hum rather than my juicer.
There are certain realities we all must face. Things like the inevitability of the Christmas shopping season or the fact that a bakery-hopping trip to Paris may not be in the budget this year. Thankfully, there's now a way to feel as though you're in Paris -- all with the simple touch of a few buttons on your iphone.