Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've really been wanting to make homemade ice cream this summer. Unfortunately, my ice cream maker is MIA. I can't figure out what the heck happened to it. In the meantime, I've borrowed my sister's machine so I can experiment while the weather is still warm (a pretty short time period in Minnesota).
I was looking around the Tastespotting website for some delicious ice cream recipes and stumbled upon one from this blog: http://www.cravingchronicles.com/. The recipe itself is adapted from David Lebovitz's ( http://www.davidlebovitz.com/) Then I modified it just a little bit more! I used regular cocoa powder because I didn't have dutch process and added chocolate syrup for extra chocolatey goodness. I also added some chocolate chips because you can never have too much chocolate and I wanted the chocolate and peanut butter flavors to be balanced. The result has a great creamy texture and is definitely as good (if not better) than any store brand.
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup Hershey's syrup
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Jif) for mixture plus approx 1/4 cup for pb patties
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine first four ingredients and heat in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Once it begins to boil, remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Refrigerate mixture until completely cooled. Meanwhile, make patties of peanut butter to add to ice cream. Cover a plate with plastic wrap, put small dabs of peanut butter on the plate and freeze. Make ice cream in machine according to directions. Remove the ice cream from the freezing bowl and add chocolate chips and frozen peanut butter patties. If ice cream is not firm enough, freeze for a couple hours before eating.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Below is a picture of the cake before I added the colors. I did a black outline is royal icing to make sure that the detailed drawing wouldn't melt or run all over. It didn't need to be an exact replica of Thomas but I wanted it recognizable, at least.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Above is a pizza made from 1/2 a pita, canned diced tomatoes (drained), some pesto, and little mozzarella. I put it under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes and it was done.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I found this local blog through Tastespotting:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Picking went surprisingly quickly. Two of us picked 14 1/2 pounds in about 45 minutes. They are very organized at Lorence's and had tons of ripe berries for the picking. I actually don't think these are the very best berries I've had, but they are far, far better than the berries found in the grocery store and cheaper, too. Plus, it is nice to see your food growing in a field instead of packaged in plastic :)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I made this flag "cake" out of little lemon cupcakes. The frosting is a simple buttercream with vanilla bean added for a little extra flavor. The flag would have been better with more rows but we just don't need to be eating that much cake!
Below is a close-up.