On-the-Spot Ice Cream

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It’s hotter than heck again today, so I thought I’d whip up a batch of “instant” ice cream to beat the heat. You could think of it as a milkshake latte – adding several ice cubes gives you a frothy drink that you can either swirl smooth with a spoon or let sit for a […]

A European (Turned American) Twist on Strawberries & Cream

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In the wide-ranging world of dairy, there are two main classifications: fresh (or sweet) and cultured (or sour) dairy products. Fresh-milk products are made with just-milked milk that has not yet had a chance to ferment and age into more complex flavors. This includes fresh whipped cream, most ice creams*, most soft and creamy cheeses, […]

Cranberries, Both Sweet & Savory

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I don’t have many fancy gadgets in the kitchen – sous-vide cooking and flavored foams just seem like too much work to me – but I consider my ice cream maker to be an indispensable culinary aid. Ditto for my blender. If you have those two kitchen helpers, making ice cream becomes ridiculously easy. Not […]

Basil’s Sweet (and Frozen) Side

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My basilophilic nature (yep, just made up that word) has spurred me to figure out yet another way to use my favorite summer herb: in ice cream. Freezing basil is pretty much only way you can chop, slice, or otherwise cut basil and still have it be green rather than chop, slice, or otherwise cut […]

Trading the Moo! For a Baa! in Your Ice Cream

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I have a new favorite ingredient!  (Although I’ll admit that as a recipe developer, I tend to have a new favorite ingredient every two weeks or so…)  I’ve been using my Ingredient of the Month in everything from desserts to dinners to baked goods.  What’s my latest culinary love?  Goat’s-milk yogurt.  It has that distinctive […]

The Queen of All Fruits – Champagne Mango

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Surprising but true: mangoes are the #1 most-consumed fruit in the world. More than apples, more than bananas, more than pears or strawberries or anything else you could think of. Mangoes are still somewhat exotic in the U.S., but they’re everyday fare in most of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and large parts […]

The Cultured Cook Turns Pumpkins Into Ice Cream PLUS Pumpkin Nutrition & Health Benefits

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream I was lucky – as a kid, I had the pleasure of visiting a local ice cream shop that made (and still makes, as far as I know) its own ice cream. It was creamier and tastier than anything you could buy in a store. Although all of their flavors were […]