Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Homemade Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream




About a month ago I invested in a new appliance.  An ice cream maker.  But not like the one you are thinking of, not the one I have sitting in the garage collecting dust.  You know the one that requires you to walk down into your basement, scoop out a bunch of softener salt, carry it back upstairs, empty out your ice cube maker and then lug everything out into the garage to make the delicious treat you are yearning for...homemade ice cream.  Nope.  This beauty can sit on your counter top or store away in your cabinet.  The canister stays in your freezer so it is always ready to make you a cold, creamy treat.

I found mine at Amazon.com  The brand is deni and Amazon is the cheapest place we found it with free shipping.  Target also carries it, but for $10.00 more.

So, as I was flipping through the recipes that came with the ice cream maker, my eyes landed on the one that would be my first, adapted of course to make it organic...Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream.  Oh my!  We all love this recipe.  This recipe is not for the weak at chocolate heart.  If you do not care for rich, silky, deep chocolate with loads of peanut butter flavor, this may not be your favorite.  But stay tuned, I am working on a light homemade peach recipe.  There's something for everyone here.  :-)

Homemade Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1 cup organic half and half
1 cup sugar (from cane, not beet sugar)
4 oz. egg substitute
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla (not imitation)

1.  Combine cocoa and sugar in a mixing bowl, processor (I used a food processor and it worked great) or blender and mix.
2.  Blend in peanut butter and eggs.
3.  Add cream, half and half and vanilla.
4.  Beat well and chill thoroughly.
5.  After it is well chilled remove canister from freezer and pour your chilled, liquid into the canister and make some ice cream!  It took mine 26 minutes until the ice cream was finished.

I will say, for us, the recipe tasted better after we let it sit overnight in the freezer in an air tight glass storage bowl.  I am thinking to add pretzels and maybe a few marshmallows to this recipe next time.

Enjoy!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Nourishing traditions"

I am finally reading a book I have wanted to read for a while.  My friend MK has shared things from this book on her blog that have intrigued me, to say the least.

So....as I read I am going to post in this blog things I think you need to know.  So, here we go.....

1.  Never buy margarine!  Buy the real stuff, that is actually a real food....butter!  How margarine is made should be outlawed!  The reputation that butter has been given is shameful.  Shameful on the behalf of advertising and money making schemes.  Shame shame!

2.  Breastfeeding cannot be explained, in great enough detail to you, how much better mothers milk is compared to what is in formula.  You have to at least try to breastfeed when you have a baby...try before you say no.  What is in formula and what is lacking in formula is heartbreaking.  If you can't breastfeed, cross that bridge, if you get there.

3.  I am horrified at how unhealthy america is...especially when compared to other countries...but what should I expect when what is on the shelves in most grocery stores is crap...or should I say what we choose to buy off of the shelves is crap!  Grocery stores do have healthy, good foods...it is just that most of us don't know where to find them or know how to prepare them.

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