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Ice Cream Made at Home! Caramelized Honey Ice Cream

Ice cream is perhaps one of the most popular foods in the world. While many people visit their local ice cream parlor or grocery store frozen food aisle to satisfy their ice cream fix, this delicious and often decadent dessert can be made right at home. Those who want to try their hands at homemade ice cream should consider the following recipe for “Caramelized Honey Ice Cream With Rosemary and Orange” from Lori Longbotham’s “Luscious Creamy Desserts” (Chronicle Books).

Caramelized Honey Ice Cream With Rosemary and Orange

Serves 6 to 8

1/2 cup honey

2 cups heavy whipping cream

11/2 cups whole milk

2 6-inch sprigs fresh rosemary

5 strips orange zest, removed with a vegetable peeler

8 large egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Honey Caramel Sauce (see below)

Bring the honey to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, or until darkened, but not burned, and very fragrant. Remove the pan from the heat.

Bring the cream and milk just to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rosemary and zest, remove the pan from the heat, and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes.

Discard the rosemary and zest. Whisk the honey into the cream mixture and cook, whisking occasionally, over low heat for a few minutes, until well combined and smooth.

Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly pour in the warm cream mixture, whisking constantly. Return to the saucepan and cook, whisking constantly, over medium-low heat until the custard has thickened and coats the back of a spoon; if you draw your finger across it, it should leave a track. Do not let the custard boil or scorch on the bottom; if tiny bubbles appear around the edges, remove the pan from the heat for a few minutes to cool the custard, continuing to whisk.

Pour the custard through a fine strainer set over a large glass measure or bowl. Whisk in the orange juice. Let cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally, then refrigerate, tightly covered, for 3 hours, or until thoroughly chilled, or for up to 1 day.

When ready to freeze, pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

To serve, spoon the ice cream into serving bowls or glasses. Drizzle with the Honey Caramel Sauce, if desired.

Honey Caramel Sauce

Makes about 2 cups

11/2 cups honey

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Pinch of salt

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Bring the honey to a boil in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil for 5 minutes, or until darkened, but not burned, and very fragrant. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly and carefully pour in the cream. Add the salt, bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened; the sauce will thicken further as it stands.

Add the lemon juice and vanilla and pour the sauce through a fine strainer set over a medium glass measure or bowl. Serve hot or warm, or let cool and refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to 2 months. Serve chilled, or gently reheat the sauce before serving, adding a little water or cream if necessary to thin it slightly. PC15C746

How Bulk Cooking Can Make Meals Easier

Healthy family meals can get lost in the shuffle of busy schedules. Convenience may win out when parents are short on time, and it’s hard not to be enticed by the ease of fast food or the lure of frozen foods. While these options are certainly fine on occasion, there is a more nutritious solution for time-crunched families.

Planning is a big part of enjoying a homecooked meal, and cooking in bulk can help families enjoy more homecooked meals. By thinking ahead about meals, you can more easily enjoy homecooked dinners than if you were to wait until the last minute to think about what’s for dinner.

If bulk cooking is a foreign concept, the following are some resources to help you along.

veg1· Get started by browsing cookbooks, online recipes or speaking with friends and family members about their favorite meals, especially those that may be popular with younger eaters. Concentrate on a specific meal each day. Dinner is the meal many families hope to share, as breakfast and lunch are often eaten outside of the home. Make a list of the ingredients that go into your family’s favorite meals, selecting recipes that use many of the same ingredients.

· Wait until you have a free schedule and ample time to go to the store to shop for all of your supplies. Have a list on hand and check off each item as you find it. Cooking in bulk also means you can buy in bulk. Very often bulk-size foods are discounted, saving you both time and money. Shop for the staples that are needed for most meals, including fresh herbs, cheese, spices, oil, and whatever flavorings your family finds most appealing. Large bags of rice and potatoes also are handy to have available.

· Take advantage of warehouse club membership fees or manufacturer or store coupon deals on multiple buy specials. Buying jumbo-sized packages of food makes more sense when you intend to cook in bulk.

· Clean out the refrigerator and freezer, as you will need plenty of room to store your ingredients, and later, your prepared meals. Figure out when you will be doing the cooking so you know what will need to be refrigerated or frozen once you return from the supermarket.

· Establish a dedicated cooking day. Many bulk cookers cook on the weekend. You may be able to have a spouse or friend take the children for the day so there will be no interruptions.veg2

· Gather all items that need to be chopped or sliced and set them aside. Leave ample time to chop or slice, which can take a lot of time. Use all of your available cooking resources, such as the grill, stovetop, oven, and slow cooker, at once. Then just drop the ingredients in as necessary.

· Have plenty of freezer-safe storage containers on hand. Divvy up the meals into containers and label clearly. Now each day of the week you have a fast meal that can be heated up in no time. Fresh bread and a salad may be the only other components you need.


Favorite Fair Foods

State and county fair season has arrived, and that means there will be rides and games galore. While many people are drawn to fairs by the entertainment, just as many are willing to stand in line for the unique and tasty foods that seem to embody fair and carnival fun.

fair3If it can be served on a stick or deep fried, chances are you can find it at a fair. Everything from chocolate-dipped bacon to deep-fried butter may turn up on fair stand menus. The following are some of the more coveted foods revelers can expect to find at their local fairs and carnivals.

· Funnel cake: Funnel cake and it’s close cousin, zeppole, have long been fair favorites. Topped with powdered sugar, funnel cakes can be pulled apart and shared with others.

· Corn dogs: Corn dogs are essentially hot dogs on a stick that have been covered in cornmeal and fried. Like funnel cakes, corn dogs have become so synonymous with fairs and carnivals that few people have ever enjoyed them anywhere outside of their local fairgrounds.

· French fries: French fries are a favorite at fairs, and carnival-goers can choose from savory shoestrings to hearty steak-cut potato chunks.

· Cotton candy: What fair would be complete without a cotton candy vendor? Cotton candy is made by heating up granulated sugar until it is liquified enough to be blown into thin threads. Those threads are collected and wound into a sweet treat that is loved by kids and adults alike.

· Pie: Fair-goers are likely to happen upon a pie-eating contest or pie-tasting tent. Many prefer to indulge in a piece of pie while at the fair, preferring such treats to sweeter, heavier desserts.

fair1· Corn on the cob: Corn on the cob is proof that carnivals and fairs provide some healthy fare for customers in addition to the many decadent treats on display. Corn on the cob is most popular in corn-producing areas and can be the ideal complement to burgers and other fair foods.

· Anything on a stick: Each year fair vendors experiment with culinary oddities that can be served on a stick. One day it may be skewered pork chops and the next a sleeve of cookies. Those who want the full fair experience should consider trying something served on a stick. TF157328