Monday, June 27, 2011

Homemade Sweet Corn Ice Cream

I recently made a new addition to my cookbook collection - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, by Jeni Britton Bauer. It is lovely. It's been my bedtime reading for the last week, and I've been dreaming of ice cream every night.

The book is organized by season, and I've decided to try and work my way through the summer section in the next couple of months. If I'm feeling up to it come autumn, I may carry on through the book. We'll see. I've got to get through the summer first. Anyway, the first recipe for summer is Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Black Raspberry Sauce. After glancing through the refrigerator, I realized that I had almost everything I needed to make it, so I picked up the last few ingredients and gave it a go.

I used red raspberries instead of black, since I already had them in the freezer. Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen a black raspberry in my life. A few months ago, I saw white raspberries at the grocery store, and they froze me in my tracks. I had no idea such a thing existed. All that to say, the sauce is delicious with red raspberries.

The trickiest part of the whole ordeal was convincing the kids to try it out. I knew if I said, "Hey, kids, want some corn ice cream?" they'd have gone running in the opposite direction. I told them it was called "Red Swirl." Neely loved hers. Aidan tried a few bites before deciding he doesn't like "the red." 

I think it's wonderful! The sweet corn flavor is light and summery, and the tangy sweet raspberry sauce blends with it beautifully. Who knew? Jeni. ;)

I don't think it's fair to spill Jeni's recipe here. Her book is brand-spanking new, and I think you should all go buy one yourself! Come back next week to see what I think of her Kona Stout Ice Cream recipe, which I will not be asking my children to sample.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Comfort Food - Fettuccine Alfredo

Even in the dead of summer, sometimes you just need a little comfort food. This creamy deliciousness is one of mine. The homemade sauce is way better than anything that comes out of a jar, and nearly as good as going out to an Italian restaurant. And just to warn you, it is nowhere near healthy. This is also, coincidentally, the only 30-Minute Meal I've ever pulled off in half an hour. Enjoy!

Fettuccine all'Alfredo

Makes 4 servings.

2 (9-ounce) packages refrigerated fettuccine noodles (or linguine if fettuccine is sparse)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half (but let's be honest, it's better with cream)
1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Bring salted water to a rolling boil for the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain.

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add cream or half-and-half, and stirring constantly, add cheese and cook, 1 minute. Season with nutmeg, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Turn off heat and add drained pasta to the skillet, tossing until sauce coats the pasta evenly. Adjust seasonings and serve. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Beach Angel

I'm still working my way through all the photos. I remembered last night that I have a whole second camera to import. I wanted to share this one of my little beach angel, because I love it. With her hands on her hips, staring at the ocean, it's totally Neely. I wonder what she's thinking. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home Again

After 1,763 miles of driving, we are home from our beach vacation. We saw friends and family, and we played and ate our little hearts out. It was worth it. And even though it is Africa hot outside, I breathed a little sigh of relief to finally be here.

Until next time, I'll be tweaking my 239 photos, doing loads upon loads of laundry, and trying to revive my crispy lawn.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Fun

Summer is here. We're out enjoying it. Sorry for the lack of blogging. :)