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If you read my blog, you know how much I love ice cream. It is probably my favorite food. Because it’s so high in fat, carbs and calories, I don’t eat it as much as I like. I’ve tried many types of light ice creams, low-fat, low-carb, almond milk, etc, but none of them had that pure milk taste and creamy texture of ice cream. That is, not until I tried Halo Top. I saw Halo Top in the ice cream freezer at Whole Foods and decided I’d try it since I had tried all the others. I didn’t have high expectations for a light ice cream. I got the strawberry flavor. I was happy to see that the ice cream was low in fat, carbs and calories but high in protein. And it was made from hormone-free milk, cage-free eggs and stevia. So all around, it was a win-win. But how did it taste? It tasted great. It had a real strawberry flavor and it tasted like it was made from milk and cream. The best part was the texture–now, I will admit it was a bit icy throughout, but it still had a creamy texture that didn’t feel artificial like the commercial ice creams. So I feel like I have found a light ice cream that I can eat without guilt and actually enjoy! I’m looking forward to trying the other three flavors–vanilla bean, chocolate and lemon cake.
*I wasn’t paid to endorse this product and I wasn’t asked to endorse it. I found it and loved it, so that’s why I’m endorsing it.
OK, this New York Post article on Steve Cuozzo and two kids reviewing crazy ice cream flavors had me laughing. I usually opt for vanilla ice cream–I’m a purist. However, I do like flavors like any kind of berry cheesecake or key lime pie ice cream or a good dark chocolate. I also like Asian flavors like corn and Thai tea. But I don’t like the trend of concocting crazy ice cream flavors. I don’t enjoy them. I think if you make a delicious ice cream base, it speaks for itself. And often, I find that these crazy flavors are hiding a lack of craft.
This article is great though. I love when the one kid wants a glass of water.
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For Thanksgiving dessert, we always have the usual suspect pies–pecan, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato. This year, I wanted something different, so I made ice cream. I made a pumpkin pie ice cream following this Cuisinart pumpkin pie ice cream recipe. In addition, I was going to make a sweet potato pie with my North Carolina sweet potatoes but opted to make sweet potato ice cream. Now, this recipe made a more liquidy ice cream, so for the sweet potato ice cream, I put less whole milk. Also, the sweet potato had a thicker consistency than the pumpkin puree, so it also helped to thicken the ice cream. This ice cream has a starchy mouthfeel similar to taro ice cream, so if you like that, you will like this. I did!
Sweet Potato Ice Cream
2 large sweet potatoes, mashed
1 cup whole milk
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Wash and peel potatoes. Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave for 20 minutes. In the bowl of a mixer, mash potatoes. Then add milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cream. Mix well and add to ice cream freezer. Follow ice cream freezer directions. It took about 30 minutes of churning.
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New Yorkers are known for their takeout. Seamless makes it seamless, and I’m a big fan. On a given night, I have over 400 restaurants to choose from in my neighborhood. At this point, I’ve memorized my choices, and I’ve read the ratings. I have favorites that I order from repeatedly. This is how spoiled I am with takeout: I’d like to move to a new neighborhood just to have some new restaurants to choose from.
So my top 5 cuisines on Seamless are: Japanese/sushi, healthy, ice cream/desserts, Italian and Turkish. This isn’t surprising because in New York, takeout is something you eat more regularly, and I eat healthy on a regular basis. So I order sushi and health foods. I have a favorite sushi place to order from: Ageha Sushi. I also have favorite rolls at Kodama and Ocha. Kodama has this roll called red-eye with salmon, red pepper and cream cheese that is great. Ocha has the winter roll that’s all yummy veggies like snow peas and baby corn. I like the clean food from Fuel, and I often get grilled chicken and a sweet potato. My favorite place to order dessert is Crepe Cafe Joli. I don’t know what the frozen treat is made of but it’s low-fat and low carb and it’s delish. I’m into the pumpkin right now, but I also like marshmallow. When I’m in the mood for a turkey burger with sweet potato fries (and sometimes a milkshake), I order from Lucky’s.
So here’s my top 5 Seamless delivery restaurants (in order of how often I ordered from them and a dish I like from them):
1. Ageha Sushi (sweet potato roll)
2. Fuel (grilled chicken and sweet potato and juices)
3. Crepe Café Joli (pumpkin and marshmallow frozen treat)
4. Lucky’s (turkey burger and sweet potato fries)
5. Kodama Sushi/Holey Cream (red-eye roll/midnight cookies and cream ice cream)
I recently went to Rosa Mexicano for dinner. Yes, the ice cream festival drew me in. My friend and I started with Rosa Mexicano’s freshly made guacamole of avocado, jalapeno, tomato, onion and cilantro.
My friend got the cheese enchiladas made with Chihuahua cheese in corn tortillas topped with Mexican roasted tomato sauce. She liked it very much.
I got the enchiladas suizas. The homemade corn tortillas have a grainy texture and fresh corn flavor. The creamy, slightly mustardy sauce was very good.
Our enchiladas came with rice and refried black beans, different from the traditional refried beans at most Mexican restaurants. I prefer black beans, so I liked them.
And of course, the ice cream. From left to right: plantain and peanut butter, honey-amaranth crunch and sweet cream with shaved Mexican chocolate and cajeta swirl. If you are a peanut butter lover, the plantain and peanut butter is very peanut-buttery. The sweet cream was a bit disappointing, as it sounded so flavorful with chocolate and cajeta, but it fell flat for me. My favorite was the honey-amaranth crunch, creamy and sweet with a little bit of crunch. I want to return to try the raspado and also the alegria ice cream sundae.