Monday, May 18, 2009

Ice Cream and Sorbet

We have gotten in the habit of making homemade icecream a couple times a month and have come up with some pretty good stuff. I didn't take any pictures because I was too busy eating it so instead I will put up some pics of the people that helped make and or eat it! Poor Dave is probably getting really tired of hauling ice cream back and forth the 35 steps from his house since our freezer is too full to put it in!

Strawberry Ice Cream
4 cups strawberries sliced or pureed in blender/food processor
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 quart half and half
1 cup lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together and put in ice cream maker. It tastes amazing...strawberry with a hint of lemon, yum!

Pineapple Sorbet
1 pineapple
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tsp vanilla

Cook sugar and water in pan until sugar is dissolved. Cut up pinapple and puree with sugar water and vanilla. Chill in fridge for four hours and then put in ice cream maker.
Make Strawberry Mango Sorbet by substituting 1 pound of strawberries and 3 mangoes for the pineapple.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rice Krispie Treats

Everyone always raves about my rice krispie treats...the secret people is extra marshmallows! No one wants crunchy, dried out treats, they want gooey, chewy ones! They work really well to bribe my friend Nick...

Rice Krispie Treats
6 cups rice krispies
1/4 cup margarine
16 ounce bag of marshmallows

Melt butter and marshmallows together...just till melted, stir periodically. If you cook them too long they will go hard once they cool. Dump in the rice krispies and mix till everything is nicely coated. Put in a 9X13 pan, grease your hand and press them down lightly, dont smash them!

Mix-ins are also fun...reeses pieces, m&ms, and the newest discovery Oreos! They were incredible...I think I am going to go eat one of them right now...

Avocado Cilantro Hummus

A couple of weeks ago a bunch of friends came with me to stay in my boss's condo in St. George.

We were at Costco buying all of the food for the weekend and there was some company there selling all types of hummus. We sampled the Avocado Cilantro and it was so yummy! So I decided to recreate it.

I attempted to make homemade pita bread to go along with the humus. They looked like big fluffy pillows and sounded so easy on the blog that I found them. Mine never "puffed" so we had flat breads instead. One of these days I will try them again and put the recipe up. Even though the pitas were less than perfect the hummus was pretty darn good!

Avocado Cilantro Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans (drain and reserve the liquid)
4 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil
1 tsp salt (I like salt and added a lot more than this)
1 avocado
1 bunch of cilantro

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender with some of the reserve liquid. Blend, adding more liquid until it reaches the consistency you want. I probably used three-fourths of the liquid. Eat on pita bread or with pita or corn chips.

Its really tasty, low-fat and has some good protein!