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Food52 Ice Cream & Friends

In the past couple of years I have focused on making the ice cream that my hubby and I eat rather than buying the ‘ice dream’ stuff from the grocery store.  Purchased ice cream is no longer made with cream, sugar, eggs, and fruit.  Even Cold Stone Creamery; which was a huge disappointment to me because I had bought quarts of their ice cream once I decided to no longer go the grocery store route.  I think Cold Stone Creamery vanilla ice cream has around 70 ingredients.  70!!!!!  Why does ice cream need that many ingredients??? Answer:  it doesn’t.

So now, I make my own.  I use a Cuisinart maker that lets me make a quart of ice cream at a time.  My hubby’s favorite is cinnamon and I have to agree with him….it is delicious!  Vanilla is great too – there is nothing like steeping the vanilla pod after having scraped the seed out to make your ice cream even more delish.  When I make vanilla, I usually also make the Barefoot Contessa’s raspberry sauce to pool under the ice cream.  A little raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, and just a touch of raspberry liquer is all you need.  Dreamy is the word that comes to mind. 

I have several ice creams books that I read as novels and take inspiration from.  And now, Food52 Ice Cream & Friends has entered my life and lays on my bedside table for a night reading.  Such an inspiration!  The recipes range from ice cream to sherbet to yogurt to the companions of ice cream – salted maple honeycomb candy anyone????  Oh wait!  I see a recipe for caramel!  I loooooovvvvvveeeeee caramel and cannot wait to make the Salted Caramel ice cream!  Fig ice cream?  Yes, please! Cinnamon bun ice cream?  Why, yes!  I’ll up my cinnamon game!!

Food52 Ice Cream & Friends is such a refreshing read on the hot sultry summer nights.  Great front porch reading….back and forth on the over-sized swing, a glass of lemonade in my hand, ceiling fans whirling on high in the background kicking up scents of mint….wait…..didn’t I just see a recipe for mint basil chip ice cream????