Friday, June 24, 2011

summertime corn and avocado salad

Fresh and delicious, the perfect side for any summertime barbecue!!

6 ears corn
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 large avocado, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot of boiling water, cook corn until warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water until cool. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, onion, avocado, and basil in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients to make the vinaigrette, whisking until blended. Cut corn kernels off cobs and add to salad, then pour in vinaigrette and toss gently to combine.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

rice crispy ice cream sandwiches

A fun twist on a favorite summertime treat!!
4 tablespoons butter
1 bag of marshmallows (10 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups crisped rice cereal
1 quart of your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt

Coat a 9- by 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set the pan aside. Coat a medium saucepan with nonstick cooking spray and melt the butter and marshmallows in it over medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the cereal. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the mixture until it forms a large ball.  Spoon and press the mixture into the 9- by 13-inch pan. Chill the pan for 10 minutes. Then cut the crisped rice treats into twelve 2-inch squares. Peel the container away from the ice cream. Working on a waxed-paper covered surface, slice the ice cream into six 2- by 2- by 1-inch blocks with a warm knife. Sandwich each one between 2 crispy squares and lightly press the layers together. Enjoy!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

renee's summer old fashioned peach ice cream

As soon as it's peach season my boys ask for this.  It is amazing and it will quickly become a favorite at your home too!!

2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1 pint half-and-half cream
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk, or as needed

Blanch ripe peaches in boiling water and peel.  Puree peaches with the sugar and half-and-half in small batches in a blender or food processor. In a gallon ice cream freezer container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Pour in enough whole milk to fill the container to the fill line, roughly 2 cups. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to freeze the ice cream.  Enjoy!!

zabaione (italian cutard)

This is an easy and amazing dessert that I had several times in Italy, you will love it!! Buon Appetito!!

6 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
18 Tbl Marsala wine

Beat the yolks and the sugar until the mixture is palest yellow tending towards white, then beat in the Marsala and cook over a double boiler. Do not let it reach a boil, but remove it from the fire as soon as it thickens. When it has cooled to merely warm, you can, if you like, fold in an egg white beaten to very firm peaks. Serve over fresh berries and sprinkle with nutmeg!!

strawberry italian ice

This is perfect for a hot summer day and so refreshing you might just skip the ice cream!!

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water, and peels. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Strain and discard peels. Stir in orange, lemon, and lime juices. In a blender container or food processor bowl combine half of the juice mixture and half of the strawberries. Cover and blend or process with several on/off turns or until nearly smooth (leave some small chunks of strawberries). Transfer to a 2-quart freezer container. Repeat with remaining juice mixture and strawberries. Cover and freeze 6 hours or overnight, stirring once after freezing for 3 hours. To serve, scrape across frozen mixture with a large spoon and place into individual serving dishes (if mixture is too firm, let stand at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes). Makes about 8 servings.