Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Serious Love Affair...

The 4th of July is right around the corner and our kids will be here this year. I’m trying to get some cooking done this week so that I won’t be in the kitchen the whole time. I've made my menus and have a gameplan. I know for sure we'll be doing some burgers and hot dogs. Most likely ribs or brisket will also be on the menu over the weekend.I'll make potato salad and coleslaw, and baked beans...all necessary with BBQ! And it wouldn't be the Fourth without a watermelon, I hope I can “thump” a good one! Is that how you pick one? I’ve heard some people say if the stem is curly like a pig’s tail and all dried up it’s a good one. Also if the underside is yellow then it’s ripe.

When I think of summer, one of the first things that pops into my mind is ice cream! My Mother had a serious love affair with ice cream so we didn't have to ask for the stuff, it was always in the freezer! Growing up, my summer day often included a slice of neopolitan ice cream, Mom's favorite. She would open both ends and then slide the entire contents out so that she could slice it with the butcher knife. Musical ice cream trucks drove the maple lined streets of our neighborhood in the afternoon and treats were 10 or 15 cents. In 1960 even that small sum wasn't given to my brother and me daily, it was a once a week treat. Mom's addiction to the white fluffy stuff would often dictate a night time trip to the local Dairy Queen. As a kid, I didn't appreciate the perks of living with a Mom who loved ice cream!

This summer has been shaping up to be a hot one. We've already had over two weeks of 90's, unusual for the Ozarks. So I've been keeping my eyes peeled for good ice cream recipes. While the kids are here we need to partake in some cold, refreshing ice cream. To me, it’s like eating up memories one delicious spoonful at a time. After all, it just wouldn’t be summer without it!


(from The Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen website)
3 cups Mashed Berries (or Peaches)
3 cups Sugar, Divided
4 whole Eggs
14 ounces, fluid Half-and-half
1 can Evaporated Milk
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 dash Salt
1 quart Whipping Cream
Mash fruit and add one cup of sugar. Stir and let stand for 1 hour.
Beat eggs and remaining sugar until lemon colored. Stir in sweetened fruit, half-and-half, evaporated milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and dash of salt.
In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into fruit mixture. Mix in ice cream maker until frozen.
Makes 6 quarts.

6 comments:

  1. Joycee, I love Haagen-Dazs ice cream. I just finished a carton of the Ginger ice cream and I am now working my way thru the Passionfruit. So delicious, and these 95 degree days we are having require that we have a lot of ice cream in the freezer :) Stay cool.

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  2. What a lovely walk down memory lane. I'm salivating over that berry ice-cream recipe and will have to give it whirl! Have a blessed fourth Joycee!

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  3. Oh my Joycee you sure conjured up happy memories for me with your icecream post. I lived with my Grandparents as a kid and we lived 3 doors down from Nell's Dairy Bar. My Grandpa would walk me over and we'd get our treats...a small soft icecream for my Nana and Grandpa and a large caramel dipped cone for me OR a large soft icecream cone with sprinkles...oh my my mouth is watering as I write this! Such happy memories and a much simpler time back in the 60's. I still like my icecream though and now after reading your post I think I'm going to whip us up some for the 4th. Thanks for the memories Joycee...have a wonderful day! Maura :)

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  4. ~the love affair of ice cream runs deep in our family too...always a 1/2 gallon stocked waiting to be eaten...my fav is french vanilla with blueberries...oh me oh my...but you little recipe may hav eme change my mind! sounds as if you will be having a grand 4th with your family...all my best...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

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  5. Homemade ice cream is one of my most favorite things about summer. Last year I posted a recipe for vanilla ice cream on my blog (http://okgranny.blogspot.com/2009/07/national.html). It's the best vanilla ice cream recipe that I've come across. Can't wait to try the one you posted today. It looks incredible!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the ice cream recipe! I am itching to try it out this summer.
    Good call with making food beforehand. I find, to my surprise, that I'll be returning to school this fall. Any extra time that I have I want to spend with my loved ones (both human and 2 canines), as well as write and do artwork, so I've decided to prep as much food as I can beforehand and freeze it. I've called it 'The Blitz' :)

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