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Growing up there were only two real ice cream options in my mind: Cookie Dough or Cookies'n'Cream.  Nothing else could compete.   Until Haagen Daz Dulce de Leche came around in my 20's. Oh and then my husband discovered a love of Salted Caramel Waffle Cone. Oh and then there really are about a hundred flavors of ice cream that I would be more than happy to have plunked in front of me.   But Cookies'n'Cream is like taking me back to the basics. The best basics. I don't even like or...

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Mint and chocolate are a classic combination and the ice cream is no different. It's Nate's personal favorite.     But I've always had a problem with it because in many brands the chocolate is waxy and hard. Using the ribboning technique and adding a bit of extra butter to your chocolate solves this problem. It leaves me with the yummy taste of chocolate and mint, but with a texture that is smooth as the chocolate effortlessly dissolves on your tongue when held there for an extra secon...

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Quick!  Fall is approaching and people are liable to take their ice cream makers out of the freezer, trading in their post-dinner cold treat for a hot mug full of caramel spiced cider.  But keep your ice cream maker cold at least until you've tried out this S'mores Ice Cream!   Toasted marshmallows, chock full of graham.  It doesn't disappoint on that reminiscent flavor.       My favorite part?  The genius of a recipe that doesn't have you evenly distribut...

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My pictures do these amazingly fun treats a total disservice.  That's what happens when the sun is going down, you're pulling them out of the oven with 2 minutes to spare until you NEED to get into the car or you will miss the Ecuador-Honduras World Cup match start, and you've got not just two but FOUR toddlers trying to poke their fingers into this goodness.   And you know there won't be a single leftover so you've gotta snap a shot now or never.           But...

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Strawberry Grapefruit sorbet was good, so why wouldn't Watermelon Strawberry sorbet be equally delicious?   Well, it was.  And so, so easy.  Watermelon juice is so easy to extract and strawberries are a close second.  This sorbet base can be whipped up in minutes and then four hours later voila! this simple, refreshing sorbet comes out for your next dinner party or play date or you know, your own snack time.         Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet Taken from ...

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    Truly, I should have taken pictures.  I had this gorgeous, caramel draping like a rich gown cake cooling on the rack.   And then I tried to move it.  And then I had nothing but clumps of caramel and pound cake and crumbs all over.           This is a true pound cake.  But on top of being a really dense (and delicious) cake it's got this frosting that weighs about a ton.  Please don't repeat my mistake.  The frosting weighed so ...

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 I love a good tart!  I think I like the more short-bread as opposed to flaky, pie-like crust of them.  And let's be honest ... pulling a tart dough together that you can finger-smush into the pan usually takes half the time.       Certainly this tart takes a bit of time to put together.  But as with any dessert with multiple steps, I like to work ahead and then pull all the components together when I really need them!  This worked perfectly for that and l...

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Good thing I have a once a month book club!     Who else would I try fun and whimsical treats like this out on?  My kids don't appreciate one cookie from the next and they are a little too time intensive to sign up for taking them to some large event.  But book club with seven or eight girls spread out in the living room?  Perfect.       My favorite combination: a sweet dessert with a salty finish.  Make them ahead to save yourself time the day of you...

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I love a good, deep coffee ice cream.  Now I can have the homemade version           This cream cheese-based ice cream method yielded great results for me.  Laced with toffee this made a great late night indulgence.           Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Adapted from The Sugar Hit Makes 1 litre of ice cream.   3 tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature pinch of salt 2 cups milk 3 tbsp cornstarch 1 cup cream 1/2 cup evaporated milk 3/4 cup...

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Did you know that I got a lovely ice cream maker for my birthday this year?  It's been purrty fun in a country that just really doesn't do ice cream too well.  I've been churning and creating but I haven't been telling you about it.  But since my sister just happened to get her own ice cream maker yesterday for her birthday I figured it's time to start the ice cream posts rolling!   This was a little slice of refreshment!  I'd seen a post for grapefruit sorbet and decide...

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