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recipe: pumpkin pie ice cream!

recipe: pumpkin pie ice cream!

since we’re all drowning in pumpkin spice flavored concoctions that don’t contain any pumpkin leading some to deep understanding jean baudrillard and simulation, i thought i’d try my hand at making a “pumpkin pie” ice cream ( actually a custard ) made with real pumpkin. the results is incredible. it really tastes like a creamy, sweet, frozen pumpkin pie. A++ will make again.

1 cup organic valley half-and-half
6 organic valley egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
2 cups organic valley heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin

whipped topping
1 cup organic valley heavy whipping cream
1T confectioners sugar
1tsp vanilla

nutmeg seeds and fine grater


combine half and half and 1/2C heavy whipping cream and scald in a heavy saucepan.

whisk in yolks, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl, gradually whisk in the cream and then add the pumpkin spice.

return to a medium pan and stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens. do not boil.

remove from heat and whisk in 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and pumpkin.

chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.

assemble ice cream maker according to directions.

start up ice cream maker and add mixture slowly.

churn for about 20 minutes until thick, soft-serve consistency is reached.

put in a freezer safe container and store in the freezer.

to make whipped topping combine heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until mixture thickens and peaks form. do not over over mix or your whipped topping will become lumpy and buttery!

add a dab of whipped topping to a scoop of ice cream and grate a bit of nutmeg over the topping.


starter fuel for odin’s “Kick in The Asgard” hot sauce.

starter fuel for odin's "Kick in The Asgard" hot sauce.

when we worried imminent frost would kill the them we harvested a whole lotta hot peppers from our garden at organic valley. i have no idea what all the varieties are nor their hotness but that’s not going to stop me from whipping up a batch of what i like to call Odin’s Kick in the Asgard hot sauce.

what could possibly go wrong?

recipe: bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed hotdogs.

recipe: bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed hotdogs. I.

bacon and jalapenos make for a simple and tasty way to spruce up a hotdog ( we love organic prairie’s 100% grass-fed organic hotdogs ).

simply cut a line down the length of the hotdog deep enough to fit several slices of jalapeno. precook some bacon so it’s tender enough to wrap around the hotdog. then secure the bacon with some toothpicks. cook on medium heat on a grill until the hotdog is hot and the bacon is crisp.

recipe: bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed hotdogs. II.

top with sweet pickle relish and mustard.

served with homemade fries spritzed with apple cider vinegar for a Delicious Flavor Bonanza ®

day 3711: shooting selfies with the DSLR, thinking about photography.

day 3711: shooting selfies with the DSLR, thinking about photography.

we’re out and about chasing the wind with the kite aerial photography rig and odin grabs the dslr and follows me around shooting away. it didn’t take long before he starts shooting selfies.

“poppi, i never told anyone but i’d really like a camera like this. i think i’d like to take more pictures.”

he takes a ton of photos with his ipod but he thinks the pictures on the DSLR look much better and likes how he can have more control. i think our future will be filled with photowalking adventures!

and in case you’re wondering day 253 was the first time he took a picture with the DSLR and day 1000 he shot his first selfie ( before they were called selfies ).