Huckleberry Pie Ice Cream

I don't love pie. There, I said it. It's out there now, hanging down like a dark cloud following a depressing cartoon character around. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike pie, I just don't find it to be the ecstasy-inducing, home-perfecting, be-all and end-all of the dessert world. I do love that other people love pie. Everyone should have a passion, and one for pie seems much healthier than one for, say, rabbit porn. Not that rabbit porn is my thing. This is not rabbit porn. This is where I went hiking. Huckleberry heaven. One of my favorite facts about the Northwest (AKA the best … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mango: Mango Ice Cream

A tweet from former Seattleite and pro pastry chef Dana Cree intrigued me: "if you buy coconut cream as well as milk you can make ice cream w/o any thickeners. 20% cream, 55% milk. 25% sugar + salt tt" That was in September. It was cold. I didn't make any ice cream. I filed the tweet away for a sunny day. On Saturday, that day arrived. I bought the three beautiful champagne mangoes to flavor the ice cream. Or rather, the frozen dessert: without milk, cream, or eggs, it's barely ice cream. Of course, not being able to leave well enough alone, I reduced the sugar a little, since the mango … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chile Pepper Ice Cream Recipe

I don't really like chocolate, and I'm okay with that. Most people I know aren't. They insist that I'm either lying or delusional, or more likely, both--whatever it is, not loving chocolate is considered inherently suspicious. I, on the other hand use it to justify the many things that I do like (butter, lamb meat, large quantities, sometimes all of those, together--and much more). "Hmm, a fourth serving of sticky rice seems a little bit piggy, but hey, everyone ELSE had chocolate," I say to myself. As is the case with every rule (or mild declaration, in this case), there is an exception. … [Read more...]

Inspired: Butterscotch Bourbon and Miso Ice Cream

The result of my inspiration this week was Butterscotch Bourbon Miso Ice Cream. It was an off hand conversation that began this ice cream. I was discussing my theory on ice cream-it's a great blank canvas on which to test out taste theories. I told stories of Sichuan Peppercorn flavor and spicy mango gelato with candied lime peel. "Have you ever made one with miso?" Asked Soojin, who I had only met moments ago. I paused, the wheels already beginning to spin. Meanwhile, on the other side of my weekend, I had been watching the incredible Penny De Los Santos teach food photography online at … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Sorbet

Pomegranate Sorbet. That's what it is, plain and simple. Both infused with and garnished with grapefruit mint from my garden. Not grapefruit and mint, but rather a mint that has a wonderful citrus-y tang to it. I chose to make pomegranate sorbet because the temperatures were climbing (and staying high) and I had yet to get all the ice cream making supplies in house yet, so there wasn't much to choose from. A few POM Wonderful pomegranate juice bottles had been languishing away in the back of our fridge since they sent me them to sample a few months back. B drank a few, but I'm not a juice … [Read more...]

Szechuan Peppercorn Ice Cream

Ice cream may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a holiday season dessert, but that doesn't mean it can't fit right in. Made with the floral and slightly mouth-numbing Szechuan peppercorns, this ice cream feels cozy, despite its temperature. Also called Sichuan peppercorns or Sansho peppers, these are actually a berry and often used to a zing to spicy food while having a slight anesthetic effect on the tongue, but the fragrant aspect of it has always led me to think a Szechuan peppercorn dessert would be perfect. It finally stopped snowing here and has been pouring rain as I write … [Read more...]

An End of Summer Ice Cream Bash

Oh summer, how cruel you were this summer. For 3 months, we never knew if rain would be pouring or sun shining. Now, though, now that it is September, the warm weather has arrived. And is staying for the forseeable future. What's a girl to do? Make ice cream like it is her job, I believe! I have never before been an ice cream lover, until I got my own ice cream maker. Oh, sure I savored the occaisional cone of butter pecan in my life, but I never understood the need for something sweet, so ice cream wasn't my choice. That was BICM. Before Ice Cream Maker. Now, everytime I think of a new … [Read more...]

Totally Winging It: Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream

An ice cream to take you down memory lane. A recipe pulled from thin air. Some things, my friends, are magic. I don't remember how the conversation started. All I know is that one second I was idly having a beer at a bar in Ballard, the next I was struck with inspiration. Demanding that we stop for milk and cream on the ride home, I devised a plan. It looked like this: Consult internet for banana ice cream recipe, mix in peanut butter at the end. The first problem was that I couldn't find a banana ice cream recipe I liked. I would have used Alton Brown's, but I would have had to thaw the … [Read more...]

Strawberry Mint Frozen Yogurt

Supplies were dwindling, the economy hitting home. I couldn't bear the thought of not having my latest ice cream flavor in the freezer. You give a girl an ice cream maker... Suddenly I was an addict. I contemplated my fridge--the dairy was scarce, no milk, no cream. I refused to go to the store and buy more milk, cream and eggs. A $10 run could easily turn scary big. Could I unmake the cream that I'd made into butter last week? Then, hanging out in the back corner of the second shelf, there it was. The final third of a Cascade Fresh plain flavor yogurt. It tasted a little tangy, but definitely … [Read more...]