Saturday, September 27, 2008

Crème de la Crème


I found this heavy organic cream in a collectible glass bottle at Jimbo's Market yesterday. After I use the cream to make ice cream, the decorative cow bottle will make a nice little vase for flowers!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

(BEFORE)

(AFTER: Coconut ice cream)

It's super easy to make homemade ice cream, fresh and delicious, using a hand-cranked ice cream maker, such as a Donvier. For best results, keep the cylinder in the freezer for seven hours or longer. Just as the secret to great pizza is a hot oven, the secret to great ice cream is a cold cylinder. I store mine in the spare freezer, so it's always cold enough to use.

Use the best ingredients you can find--preferably organic.

Vanilla Ice Cream


Ingredients:
2 cups heavy cream

2 cups whole or skim milk
Slightly less than 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Gently mix ingredients in a large bowl, then pour mixture into ice cream maker
. Crank to mix, and then crank every few minutes for about 30 minutes. After about 30 minutes, enjoy, or transfer ice cream to container and freeze.

Makes about 1 quart

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Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Ingredients:
2 cups Half & Half
Slightly less than 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
2 TBSP butter
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces

Directions:
Combine Half & Half, brown sugar, and butter in saucepan and cook over low heat until bubbly around the edges. Chill. Put in cylinder. Stir in cream and vanilla. Crank to mix, and then crank every few minutes for about 30 minutes. Add pecans, enjoy, or transfer ice cream to container and freeze.

Makes about 1 quart

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Other flavors to try:
Follow vanilla recipe above, modified by instructions below.

~Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.


~Coconut Ice Cream: Substitute 2 cups light or regular coconut milk for the milk.

If you are a fan of coconut ice cream you are in for a real treat!

~Coffee Ice Cream: Add 1 cup of fresh, strong, black coffee, which has been refrigerated, and reduce milk to 1 cup. Add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips if desired for mocha chip. Either way, this has incredible coffee flavor.

~Cookies and Cream: Add 1 cup of crushed oreos (or other cookies), during last ten minutes in ice cream maker.


~Mint Chocolate Chip: Add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1/3 teaspoon of mint extract.


~Pumpkin: Decrease milk by 1/2 cup and add 1 cup canned pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon. Good year round ( if you can find the canned pumpkin)--why wait for the autumn?!

~Strawberry: Add 1/2 cup of mashed strawberries and 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen
. Or try using peaches instead.

As with any recipe, vary amounts of ingredients to taste.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Queen

Queen ( a haiku)

Beautiful Holstein,

Who's milk helps give life to all.

A true dairy queen.

~Clover

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hero

Hero ( a haiku)

My Bovine hero,

from high atop the mountain.

Strong and wise and proud.

~Clover

Gumball Machine


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Birthday Bovine


Happy birthday to all my fellow Virgos (including Google)!!