get in mah belly!
yup, those macerating cherries ended up in some super delicious sour cherry ice cream! i followed this recipe which apparently is in scoop adventures. i wasn’t sure i was going to like this recipe because i love really custardy/eggy bases and it doesn’t have a single egg yolk in it. heresy! but when all was said and done, the end result really lets the cherry and cream flavors shine through. i still might try again with a custard base because you know The Girls keep laying eggs and we have to do something with them 🙂
as always you could make this without organic valley milk and cream BUT WHY WOULD YOU? for bonus points, add a little dark chocolate shavings. top notch!
– combine cherries with 3/4 C sugar and lemon juice. macerate in fridge for 6 hours, stirring every hour or so. puree cherries in a blender and strain through fine sieve mesh. keep a few tablespoons of skins to add back in when churning in ice cream maker.
– combine 1/2 C of sugar heavy cream and whole milk in a sauce pan and heat until just prior to boiling over medium heat until sugar dissolves. transfer to a water bath bowl to cool for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally then cool in fridge for at least 4 hours.
– combine milk mixture and cherry juice in ice cream maker and churn according to directions ( usually around 15-20 minutes ). when almost done, add the cherry skins. transfer to freezer safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours.
he made a batch for his class and thankfully we had a few left to enjoy for ourselves 🙂 the strawberry heart is a nice touch.
the recipe is based loosely on valentine’s cupcakes: vanilla cupcake recipe with buttercream frosting.
i asked him if his classmates enjoyed them and he said several asked him for the recipe so i guess it they were a hit!
i have no idea how it’s possible that i’ve never posted this recipe for eggnog pie. clearly a great use for our the last carton of eggnog. it’s simple and delicious. i will admit that i sometimes have trouble getting it to set properly and it turns out more like eggnog pudding in a pie shell but it’s still great, just eat in a bowl! this time it set well and has a consistency akin to banana cream pie.
1 8″ graham cracker cracker pie shell
– place first 3 ingredients in a 3QT heavy sauce pan and whisk together.
– whisk egg yolks with 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl.
– add 1 3/4 eggnog mixture to dry ingredients in the sauce pan and whisk together.
– cook at medium heat until thickens, stirring constantly.
– remove from heat, add vanilla and remaining eggnog. whisk well.
– pour in shell. refrigerate for 24 hours to set.
pairs well with whipped cream.
and after you eat a slice you can enjoy the view of the eggnog pie chart, clearly showing the percentage of the pie chart that resembles pac-man 🙂
typically we travel for thanksgiving and i’m not “in charge” of The Bird so i don’t have strongly held opinions about The Best Method to Cook To Cook a Turkey. but this year, we stayed home and i found myself wondering how on earth i was going to cook the Twenty Three Pound Organic Poultry Monster in our freezer that was too big to fit in any of our pans. and i know enough about turkey to understand that cooking a bird that big without special prep would probably result in a bird with dried out breasts. what to do? spatchcock the bird by removing the backbone and flattening it out before cooking.
i learned about the technique from a serious eats article from a few years back, “How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey”:
“This particular method is for folks who don’t give a damn about whether or not the whole, barely-adulterated bird makes an appearance at the table, but want the fastest, quickest, easiest route to juicy meat, and ultra-crisp skin. Basically, it’s a method for lazy folks with great taste. ”
i don’t know about the lazy part, but i do know i don’t care much about having a perfect bird presented on the table but i do care a lot about the juicy, crispy, fast part! and as an added bonus, i could cut the bird in half and cook the monster in a more manageable manner. ( side note, apparently spatchcocking turkeys is A Thing thanks to mark bittman ).
i followed the serious eats directions and removed the backbone and cooked at 450F for about 90 minutes. whoila! crispy skin and incredibly juicy meat.
henceforce, if i’m in charge, all the turkeys will be spatchcocked!