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My new favorite chocolate indulgence are strawberry-chocolate covered pretzels, but anything dark chocolate will do:)
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After spending several weeks making a variety of ice cream and sorbet flavors, I decided that it was about time that I made some plain old vanilla. To be honest, I'm typically not a big fan of vanilla. Most of the time it just tastes flat, plain, and has no character. But over the years I have come to realize that when you get to taste a good scoop of vanilla ice cream, made with real vanilla beans, and fresh ingredients, there is nothing like it. And put it on top of something warm and delicious (like apple cake or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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When I first moved to New Orleans, I was excited to be moving to new, unexplored ice cream territory. New flavors, new experiences, new beginnings. But during the two months I have been living here, making it around to all of the local ice cream shops has been slow-going. Why? Well for one, there are a lot of them! Put that together with moving, unpacking, painting, working my day-job and making my own ice cream each week, lets just say that I have been busy. I started my ice cream exploration during a "moving trip" to New Orleans in July.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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A few months ago, I joined a online group called the Daring Bakers. Each month a new baking challenge is posted, you try out the recipe, and then post about it on your blog. The challenge this month was to bake and fill French Macarons. These bite-sized treats have recently become all the rage in the confectionery world. I had the opportunity to try some macarons from a local confection and gelato shop, Sucre. I thought it would be a good idea to check out what marcarons are supposed to look and taste like before I began my endeavor into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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Back at home in Maryland, apples have been in season since August. My mother has already picked up a bushel of Macintosh apples (her favorite) and made her homemade applesauce and other apple recipes. Fall weather has finally arrived in New Orleans, so now I am thinking about apples. Unfortunately I live in an area where I cannot pick my own apples *sigh.* Good news is that I can still find apples in the grocery stores (although not local and more expensive). One of my favorite recipes to make with apples is my mom's recipe for apple crisp. The recipe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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Last weekend, my husband and I traveled home to see my family and attend a wedding. Lovely weekend. It was made even better by a stop at Bomboy's Homemade Ice Cream in Havre de Grace, MD. Located in a small town situated on the Susquehanna River, Bomboy's has been in business since 1978, making homemade chocolates from family recipes for local and far-away candy lovers. More recently, the family decided to expand their business by making homemade ice cream and opened up an ice cream parlor across the street from their candy store. For some reason, I have never made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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As a blogger, I follow many other blogs, especially food blogs. I noticed that a recent theme among food bloggers has been making foods with "fall flavors." Even though it is not quite fall in New Orleans (it was 89 degrees today) I decided to jump on the "fall flavors" band wagon. Making something with pumpkin seemed very fall-like to me since seeing pumpkins around the neighborhood tells me that fall has arrived. I am a big fan of pumpkin. Not only it is very healthy for you (lots of vitamins and such), it tastes good! I like pumpkin bread,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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Located along bustling Magazine street, La Divina Gelateria provides its customers with a small taste of Italy through its gelato and sorbettos. As you can read on their web page, owners Katrina and Carmello are gelato artisans who have traveled around Italy studying the art of making gelato and sorbetto from scratch. And they do! Seasonal ingredients are often used, and as a result you don't see the same case of flavors twice (which I guess can be good or bad, depending if they are missing your favorite flavor). I have a made a few stops into the shop since... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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Limes...mmm...tart...juicy...and right in my backyard! If you read my previous post, then you know that I am fortunate enough to have a lime tree in my new backyard. Since I move in to my new house one month ago, the tree has been bountiful, so I have been trying to find different uses for the small, green citrus. My husband's favorite use for limes in making limeade. I stole a few to make this wonderful tangy and tart frozen yogurt. This week's flavor was inspired by a yogurt flavor I found in one of my favorite ice cream shops in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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Now that I am finally starting to get settled in New Orleans, I have decided to start exploring the ice cream options the city has to offer. The first place I decided to stop was the Creole Creamery on Prytania Street. Home of Tchoupitoulas Challenge (8 scoops, 8 toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry), this ice cream shop is nestled in the heart of Uptown and provides the ice cream lover with a plethora of ice cream experiences. When I walked into the shop, the first thing I noticed was the large selection of flavors. All of the chocolate based... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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I will start off this post by saying that I never knew you could grow so many tropical fruits in Louisiana! I guess it makes sense since it is so warm for so many months. But I was surprised, nonetheless, when my neighbor walked over with a big papaya the other day! As instructed, I waited several days until the fruit was ripe (mostly yellow on the outside) and cut it open. Peeling a papaya is a messy ordeal, but the fruit was bright orange and looked delicious. Prior to this adventure, I had never eaten fresh papaya before; usually... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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While making the 14 hour drive from Ohio to Louisiana, my husband and I made a stop in Nashville, Tennessee. Great city...wish we had more time to actually visit. But despite the quick stop, we found some good food and (of course) made a stop for ice cream. We decided to make a visit to Mike's Ice Cream & Coffee Bar on the famous Broadway. The store was small and the decorations plain, but there was a line out the door! I decided to order the Rocky Road ice cream and my husband ordered the Nutter Butter flavor. Both tasted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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This recipe was inspired by my breakfast...each morning I sit down to a bowl of yogurt, fruit, and granola. And as always, I thought that these flavors would also make a great ice cream! Success! I truly think this is one of the best recipes that I have made so far! Feel free to personalize the recipe and add what ever granola/fruit/nuts that you like. Enjoy! Cinnamon Granola Ice Cream 2 cups whole milk 1 ¼ cups heavy cream 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch 1 ½ oz. cream cheese, softened (3 Tbsp.) 2/3 cup cane sugar 1/8 cup light... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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Now that I have completed my big move to New Orleans, I can finally get back to blogging. Before leaving Ohio, I made several trips to the local farmers' market. Among the wonderful selection of local produce I found a sweet and delicious treat -- Reliance grapes from The Orchard of Bill and Vicky Thomas in Philo, OH. These grapes are seriously some of the best grapes I have ever tasted. So as I always do with my favorite flavors, I decided to turn the grapes into a frozen concoction...this time it was sorbet. I decided to use a grape... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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A couple of weeks ago, I drove to Cincinnati, OH to visit some friends. On the way, I decided to stop at a neighborhood ice cream landmark, Aglamesis Brothers. In late 19th century, the first of the Aglamesis brothers immigrated from Greece. His brothers soon joined him and in 1908, the brothers made enough money to open their own ice cream parlor. In 1913, they purchased their second shop (which remains open today). Over the years, the business has remained in family hands and is now operated by a third generation Aglamesis. In addition to specializing in French-style ice cream... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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I was visiting the local farmers’ market the other day and discovered that one of the farms was selling fresh peaches. The timing of this discovery was perfect because I had just come across two separate peach ice cream recipes. What better way to use peaches than in ice cream! The first recipe, Spicy Peach Chocolate Chunk, was inspired by a fellow ice cream blogger. The original recipe was made with eggs, so I decided to mess around with it to see if I could make an egg-free version. Success! The ice cream turned out well and was full of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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I recently decided to make a trip to Utica, OH (middle of nowhere OH) to visit the home of Velvet Ice Cream. Velvet Ice Cream has a history of hard work and elbow grease. In 1914, the original developer and owner, Joseph Dager, opened his first ice cream shop in the basement of his home. Over the next 50 years the business expanded, and in 1960 the Dager family (third generation) bought the Ye Olde Mill, an old grist mill built in 1817. After restoring the mill, it became the new headquarters of Velvet Ice Cream. Today the Mill houses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
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If you have already read my About Me page, then you know how much I love Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Hopefully this review will shed some light on why I love this ice cream so much. First is the look of the stores – simple, clean, and clever. Ice cream is the focus and it easily stands out against the white walls. I especially love the milk bottle lights hanging from the ceilings. All of the seasonal and classic flavors are easily visible and listed on the wall in front of you. One of the best parts of the Jeni’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
I'm a kid at heart and would want to be entertained, so I'd choose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I'd never get tired of reading it.
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I love Thai food and the last time I went out for Thai I came up with the great idea of trying to make a Thai Tea ice cream. Tea is great, playful ingredient to use in ice cream because it can provide a lot of flavor and be brewed right in the milk. Thai Tea is a black tea mixed with a variety of spices, which can include orange blossom water, star anise, and ground tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring (hence the orange color). Typically the tea is sweetened and served cold. Evaporated milk or coconut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream
Welcome to Scoop Adventures! As you can tell, this page is still under construction, but feel free to start looking around and click on the About Me page to learn more about the Scoop Adventurer. This blog has been made to showcase my love for ice cream. From ice cream recipes, to ice cream reviews, to resources for ice cream making, I hope to provide a plethora of information related to ice cream. I also consider myself somewhat of a foodie and may provide reviews of other foods and desserts from time to time, but mostly I plan stick to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at Scoop: Adventures in Ice Cream