Thursday, June 28, 2012

Strawberry Swirl Vanilla Ice Cream

As I mentioned in my Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Shards I have recently worked on a super fun article for Whisk Magazine which was published on Wednesday, June 20. Today I am sharing with you a Strawberry Swirl Vanilla Ice Cream, part 2 of the 3 part post series. In each post, I will share different tips and ice cream recipes that I shared with the Whisk readers. In the Salted Caramel Post I shared 'Have Your Equipment Ready' and 'Making an Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker'. Today there will be a couple other tidbits that will demystify ice cream making.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Salted Caramel Ice Cream With Salted Caramel Shards


I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. The great hit of 1925. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Here with the very popular American band Waring's Pennsylvanians. (wait for the song. Search for tunes courtesy of Jonathan Madnick)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

My heart has been repeatedly set on baking a jalapeno cheddar loaf each time I was at the bread counter tasting samples and going for seconds. I resisted for years buying an entire loaf as I was planning on baking it any day now. Something about it screams summer to me and I can see it being a part of a backyard fiesta with water sprinklers and kids running around, but wait, not so fast, easy! Insert here an image of an equestrian pulling on his or hers horse's reigns! I've got to make my life harder! First, I put a question out there on twitter, which cheddar cheese is your favorite? After tormenting about it some and a couple of grocery stores later I ended up with a fancy one. It tasted nothing like the good old cheddar, so I ventured again wandering into the world and bought two different good ole' American ones. Maybe just flavors I am accustomed to?! Old habits die hard so use any cheddar you are familiar with and love.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eggplant Fritters in Chickpea Flour Batter

Contrary to my assumption that eggplant originated in the Middle East or Mediterranean area, I was surprised to discover it is a native of India. It has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia since prehistoric times and it first appeared in Chinese writings in 544. During the Middle Ages, the eggplant was introduced throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean area by Arab merchants. Today the top five eggplant producing countries are China, India, Egypt, Iran and Turkey.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Breaking Bread: Fresh Corn & Jalapeno Rolls Mini Sliders

Corn, or Maize, is indigenous and was first cultivated in Central Mexico and Central America. It is the most widely grown grain crop in the Americas today. The seeds which are called kernels are technically a grain. Feed maize is used for animal consumption as well as a relatively cheap home heating and ethanol bio fuel production. What's called sweet corn is cultivated for human consumption. Maize first spread to Europe and other parts of the world through European traders and explorers in the late 15th and 16th centuries. It adapts well and can be grown in various climates which made it spread worldwide.