Posts Tagged ‘Perfect Scoop’

Slurping Up Some Triple Crown

Moo-licious!

As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently dusted off our old ice cream maker to churn some homemade confectionary for the Everyman’s birthday.

When we first moved into our home, I went on a bit of an appliance buying binge, picking up things that no sane person really needs.  Ice cream maker?  Check.  Convection bread machine?  Check.  Waffle iron?  Check.  High powered RPM display blender?  Check.  And the list goes on and on.  It shames me to say, but of all the “necessary” objects I brought into our home, the only one that still sees regular use is our heavy duty professional grade Kitchenaid stand mixer.

The Everyman has always loved my ice creams, so for his birthday it seemed like a natural progression to pair his favourite cake (angel food) with some smooth and silky ice cream.

Originally I had intended to prepare my signature triple vanilla ice cream (extract, beans with seeds, and vanilla sugar, usually) but while I was mixing up the custard base, inspiration struck.  The Everyman’s booze of choice (other than beer) is Crown Royal, and while vanilla ice cream is good, boozing it up makes everything better.  I referred back to my ice cream bible, The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz for some guidance on proportions; adding too much booze to any custard base can prevent the ice cream from properly freezing, and decided to go with a very conservative ounce and a half.

After churning the ice cream for close to an hour, it still wasn’t as frozen as I would’ve liked (it was also quite warm in our kitchen) but it was firm enough that I knew it would set up in the freezer after a few hours.  Though the dessert was intended to be a surprise, the Everyman was in plain view of the kitchen the whole time (playing video games, of course) and for whatever reason seemed completely oblivious to the humming whir of the churning machine.  Boys can be so funny, sometimes.

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The Foodie 13 – Cookbooks

As promised earlier this week, we’re unveiling a new feature at Foodie and the Everyman today; book reviews and recommendations!

This also dovetails nicely with another addition to Foodie and the Everyman that I’ve started called The Foodie 13The Foodie 13 will be an ongoing series of lists about 13 really neat things in specific categories, that I intend to publish several times a month.  For our first Foodie 13, I thought I’d pick a subject that is near and dear to my heart; cookbooks!

So, without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are the 13 cookbooks I can’t live without:

1- Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn – There’s much that can be said about this great book, but primarily it’s the one I credit with sparking my carnivorous love affair.  After less than 10 minutes of paging through the book I was already plotting exactly where in my shoebox apartment I could fit a Bradley smoker.   Each new recipe I try from the book spurs me on to try even more.  A real winner.

2- Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz - A fantastic book laced with great recipes for enjoying the simple pleasure of homemade frozen desserts.  Since purchasing this book I’ve sampled approximately 20 of the recipes, and not one of them was bad.  The pear sorbet is definitely a recipe of note, as are the spicy, crinkled speculaas cookies, that are meant to be folded in to recipes but are amazing in their own right.

3- Local Breads by Daniel Leader - This is the most recent purchase on my list, so I can’t vouch for a very large percentage of the recipes yet.  From what I’ve already sampled and pored over pictures of though, it’s clear to me that this is a book worth having, as it conjures up an intense hunger every time I read it.  The pictures peppered throughout the book are colorful, rustic, and absolutely delicious.  And the Parisian daily bread is to die for, and as I’ve said before is worth the cost of the book alone.

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