Sometimes I am inclined to acquiesce to the requests.
I posted pictures of this, and people requested the recipe.
Sometimes I am inclined to acquiesce to the requests.
For Peggy, Mary and Carol, my high school friends,
We are on vacation and it is hotter than Hades in Oklahoma.
In such cases, ice cream sandwiches make a perfectly acceptable supper.
I love vacation. Happy Wednesday.
August 20, 2014
Ice Cream soothes the savage beasts. OK, I am the savage this evening, every little thing is making me a bit crazy. My craziness amplifies the children's savageness. Finally we fall on the couch spent after the verbal eruption from me, the tears from the youngest and the harrumphing from the teenager.
Forget about dinner, let's just have some ice cream.
August 5, 2014
This is me ... I had to try one burger joint while on vacation. I think it is actually required by law after the many months I spent on the Thursday Burger Challenge.
Handsome Chris suggested the S&B as it was fairly new and untested by either of us. We got there early on Saturday and had no trouble getting seated quickly. The waiter was funny and professional. I dig that duality in a waiter.
The menu at S&B was equal parts conventional - fries and onion rings - and a bit outsider - sweet potato fries and spicy cheese curds. Nothing too avante garde, but pushing the boundaries. A game H.C. and I play is "Homemade or Product". We concluded that the cheese curds and the onion rings were homemade while the french fries and sweet potato fries were product. No matter, we ate them all.
A very cool thing at S&Bs is the ability to order most every burger as a slider. We were able to try four different sliders, each distinctive but two were our favorites.
The Theta and the Frenchman. Highly recommended!
1) The Bleu: A bacon-wrapped burger stuffed with bleu cheese & topped with grilled red onions & balsamic bleu cheese dressing.
2) The Theta: Mayo, smoked pecan theta sauce, pickles & sharp Cheddar.
3) The Frenchman: Mushrooms, Swiss, fried onions & French onion sauce.
4) Honestly, please forgive me, I cannot recall what the fourth one was! I am looking at the menu and understanding H.C's tastes I think it was the Guerra. Or maybe the Fatty. Definitely not the King made with peanut butter (hello Elvis!).
H.C. ordered his medium rare - which I have never done. I have, however, eaten steak tartar so I followed his expert lead with medium rare. Excellent choice for these small burgers; super moist and oozing juice.
Last vacation supper - last chance to order dessert. This is the Hot Mess pie. Chocolate flourless pie, almost like a Southern Chess Pie, topped with caramel and bacon. Served warm with a side of vanilla ice cream. H.C. protested that after all the sliders and the fried side dishes he had no room for dessert. Only in the name of taste testing and writing did he concede to a few bites. Thank you my love.
July 12, 2014
I love all frozen confections, regardless of the label. Ice cream, Gelato sorbet, Granita. I find it the most refreshing thing to eat on a hot summer day - heck, I will substitute ice cream for lunch or supper any day of the week.
Growing up, my dad was an ice cream consumer extraordinaire. Every night, winter or summer, he would have ice cream for dessert. I am particularly fascinated by his Neapolitan ice cream. How chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream when packaged together is christened with the name meaning "from Naples Italy" I will never fully understand. As I got older, I loved the dish of spumoni ice cream, with its cherries and pistachios, often served at the end of Italian meals. I still am a fan of American style ice cream with chunky additions of fruits, nuts, and chocolate.
Then there are the memories of summers at my grandmother's in Kansas City. She had a porch that traversed the front of her house and at least once each visit my cousins and I would spend an afternoon hand cranking the old wooden ice cream maker, packed around the edges with ice and rock salt. There is nothing quite as tasty as ice cream you created yourself.
Another favorite memory of frozen milk, cream and sugar is from the Maison Berthillon on the Ile St. Louis in Paris. I stayed in a nearby hotel in 2004, I was eight weeks pregnant with my daughter, terribly morning sick, and their world renowned Gelato soothed my tender stomach.
I will say, being pampered with this delicious confection in utero perhaps predisposed my daughter to her princess tendencies.
The lovely French counter girls smiled at my attempts to order in their language, correcting my pronunciation until my 'poire' was to her ear's satisfaction before serving me.
Oh my, it was so delicious. Three primary differences between ice cream and Gelato are that Gelato has a lower milk fat percentage, it has a lower percentage of whipped air, and is served at a higher temperature than ice cream - resulting in a softer, semi-frozen state. If you have never eaten Gelato, Google Gelato and promise you till try some this summer.
Traditional Granita, often called Italian Ice is a summer favorite in my hometown. Oh so tart and refreshing. I love it in lemon.
Zammuto's is a Rockford IL tradition. Opened by a wonderful Sicilian family in 1925, it is still in operation! The current owners serve a delicious Southern soul food menu AND the Zammuto's original recipe Granitas! Granita is traditionally made from sugar, water and flavoring. The Sicilian Granita has a coarser grain than a smoother, commercial product. (Though not as rough as a Hawaiian shaved ice).
Last but most certainly not least there is Ice Cream.
A rule I have for family vacations is that we must eat ice cream at least once a day. As always, we seek out the locally owned establishments with the homemade creamy delicious ice creams we love.
Once a week, we travel north to visit the Dairyhaus in Rockton Illinois. Oh - their ice cream is so decadently good. Yes, this is a meal substitute. Home made on site, even the waffle cones are cooked fresh daily. This is a tiny ice cream parlor, so expect to eat outside on one of the many picnic tables. I love the 'wedding cake' flavor while my daughter always chooses 'blue moon'. Sundaes, banana splits, and root beer floats are all part of this true Americana ice cream experience.
As summer is fast approaching have I triggered you taste buds? How do you like your ice cream?