Prickly Pear Lime Sorbet

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A couple of weeks ago, it got uncomfortably hot. Not hot like it gets in the southern river valley where I grew up, and not even that hot for some other more northern climates, but hot enough for me in my un-air conditioned apartment. So instead of baking for desserts, I decided to put my ice cream maker to good use. One of the ingredients I’ve been thinking about for a while is the prickly pear fruits that my local grocer carries. There are few recipes I had been considering, but I decided to slightly improvise a sorbet based on this Lime Mango Sorbet from Simply Recipes. Read more…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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I had never made homemade ice cream before, but seeing a bunch of delicious looking ice cream recipes around, and knowing that I would be around all summer without air conditioning, inspired me to pick up an ice cream maker. I decided to get this popular machine from Cuisinart, and was lucky enough to find a never opened, new-in-box one on Craigslist for half the retail price. As far as deciding what my inaugural ice cream would be, it was almost an obvious choice when I considered the small amount of cookie dough in my freezer left over from the cookie cake pie. By making a good vanilla custard base (this Essential Vanilla Ice Cream from Serious Eats) and mixing in pieces of the cookie dough, I would have a perfect chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Read more…