Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Ginger Ice Cream

This was another pie I wanted to revisit, as I’ve come a long way since I first started cooking, so given my southern Thanksgiving theme, I had the perfect opportunity. Based entirely on my anecdotal experience, sweet potato pie seems to be one of those things that doesn’t seem to have spread very far outside of the south, and I really can’t see why. Pumpkin pie is certainly popular, and sweet potato pie is similar in style, but it brings a unique, amazingly vibrant flavor. Combined with a sticky, pecan crust on top and a scoop of sweet (but lightly spicy) ginger ice cream, and you’ve got yourself one heavenly dessert.

Given the aforementioned similarity to pumpkin pie, the approach to this pie is in keeping with my recent experimenting with pumpkin pie. I made a click to read more…

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Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream

Are you tired of pumpkin yet? Of course not–sweet, savory, or whatever–this is a versatile fruit. So I indulged in one of my usual instincts when it comes to making dessert: ice cream! So today’s addition to the freezer is a batch of Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream.

Just like with pumpkin pie, I chose to pair the flavor of pumpkin with the usual spice suspects (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger). I’ve mentioned before how I love the flavor you can extract from cinnamon (and friends) as compared to the ground stuff we’re all used to, and this is another place where the sultry side of the spices gets to shine without stealing the show from the true star:… click to read more…

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Fig & Goat Cheese Swirl Ice Cream

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love fresh figs. Rather than just devouring them all as soon as I buy them, I’m trying to experiment with them in a lot more of my cooking this season (stay tuned for more figgy foods!), and if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that if there is any one thing I have to do with any fruit, its make it into an ice cream. I’ve also been interested in how wonderfully figs pair with a variety of cheeses, so I thought I’d also experiment with another somewhat exotic ice cream flavor that caught my eye. So today, two ice creams for the price of one, swirled together in delicious harmony: Fig & Goat Cheese!

I imagine this flavor might perk up a few (skeptical) eyebrows, but that’s fine by me–more… click to read more…

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Dragon Fruit & Coconut Sherbet

Have you ever had dragon fruit? It really is a funny looking thing–the size of a small mango, bright red and green tips on the outside, and either a bright beet-red or perfectly white flesh inside, speckled with hundreds of black seeds. If anything, its quite a pretty fruit, and not one I come across very often. So to indulge in my ongoing addiction for buying exotic produce, today, we have a Dragon Fruit & Coconut Sherbet.

I had no experience with dragon fruit until now, so I was kind of at a loss for what to do with it. I wasn’t having a whole lot of luck finding ideas either. Most of the written material out there is either how people loved dragon fruit or were very disappointed in its somewhat neutral flavor (and for what its worth, I enjoyed it, but it didn’t blow me away–think like a more neutral tasting kiwi). I did however, really take… click to read more…

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You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts: The Roundup!

A month ago, I called on the creative food bloggers out there to tempt us all with some delicious frozen desserts to get us through the summer with a food blog event: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts! Being a big fan of ice cream, I was hoping to see what other fun things you all could come up with, and I was blown away with the results.

I just wanted to say thanks to all of the participants! There’s definitely something here for every palette and it should have you all screaming for ice cream (and many other frozen desserts). Bookmark this page or pass it on to your friends who could be swayed to try making some frozen desserts of their own rather than picking up something from the store!… click to read more…

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My Mom’s Deadly Dark Chocolate Kahlua Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Just like during Strawberry Seduction, my mom, a regular reader of this blog, had to join in on the fun, but this time, for You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Dessert. So without a blog of her own and always resisting my pushing her to have one (since she loves reading the comments! 😛 ), I am hosting her ice cream entry here. So here is her entry without any further interruptions from me: Deadly Dark Chocolate Kahlua Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Our family has always had a love for chocolate and Kahlua is out favorite drink, so why not combine the two for Michael’s desserts?

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 9 ounces sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2

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