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Sweet Potato Ice Cream

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!

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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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Two for Tuesday: Halloween Foodie Items

Halloween is not a gift-giving holiday, but it can be if you want to give a gift to someone special or to yourself!  I found some cool Halloween- and fall-related gift items.

The first is this adorable pumpkin-shaped cookbook of pumpkin recipes I saw at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore in Manhattan.  (They even have ones on potatoes, eggs and pasta too.)

pumpkin book

If you want something a little more eerie, opt for the chocolate skull at Fika, a Scandinavian coffee shop in Manhattan.

chocolate skull

6 Fun Halloween Recipes

Good news–the Village Halloween parade is happening!  Yay!  So in between now and then, I have to get a costume and make some yummy Halloween treats. Here are some great ideas!

1. Candy Corn Cakes from Your Homebased Mom

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photo used with permission of Your Homebased Mom

2. Halloween Funfetti Pudding Cookies from Skinny Not Skinny

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photo used with permission of Skinny Not Skinny

3. White Chocolate Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge from Lil’ Luna

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photo used with permission of Lil’ Luna

4. Mellowcreme Pumpkin Cookies from Lovely Little Kitchen

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photo used with permission of Lovely Little Kitchen

5. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies from Kirbie’s Cravings

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photo used with permission of Kirbie’s Cravings

6. Chocolate Cupcakes Stuffed with a Cheesecake Pumpkin from Hungry Happenings

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photo used with permission of Hungry Happenings

Homemade Coffee Creamers

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like decaf tea.  I saw these recipes for homemade coffee creamers in fall flavors, and I decided to try them.  I made the pumpkin and gingerbread, and they are really good.  I like the pumpkin better, but the gingerbread is the perfect mix of ingredients because it tastes just like gingerbread.  With the pumpkin, I would say to shake it well before each use because the pumpkin can settle to the bottom.  I made them with half and half and also with milk, and both versions are good.

5 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

There was a little crispness in the air yesterday, so I think fall is here.  One of my favorite fall flavors–even more so than apple–is pumpkin.
1.  Pumpkin pie pops from The View from Great Island

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photo used with permission of The View from Great Island

2.  Pumpkin pizzelle cannoli from Fake Ginger

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photo used with permission of Fake Ginger

3. Pumpkin pie cupcakes from Une-deux senses

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photo used with permission of Une-deux senses

4. Skinny pumpkin frappuccino from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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photo used with permission of Sally’s Baking Addiction

5. Pumpkin toffee gooey bars from Crazy for Crust

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photo used with permission of Crazy for Crust

5 Fall Flavors in NYC

Every season in NYC is special, but the fall is a great time to be here.  Everyone comes back from summer vacation.  The lecture circuit heats up again (hey, I’m a nerd).  New restaurants open.  New students come from all over the world for a new New York adventure.  And new treats (and old) pop up with seasonal flavors like apple, pumpkin, maple, pear and sweet potato.  Enjoy one of these fall treats in NYC!

1.  Maple pecan pie macaroon from Danny Macaroons

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photo used with permission of Danny Macaroons

2.  Pumpkin nuage from Lady M

3.  Caramel apple cupcake from Crumbs

4.  Sweet potato cake from Spot Dessert Bar

5.  Chocolate pear tart from Once Upon a Tart

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photo used with permission of Once Upon a Tart

5 Fun Fall Foodie Gifts

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photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

1.  Platinum harvest mini loaf pan from Nordic Ware–How cute are these with fall designs like leaves and pumpkins?

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

photo used with permission of Nordic Ware

2.  For Mid-Autumn Festival, September 19: Godiva Mid-Autumn Festival Gift Box–The chocolates in this assortment sound divine–apricot and peach ganache with a hint of ginger–I’m there!

3.  Stonewall Kitchen Apple Cider Doughnut Mix from Sur la table–I’ve always wanted to try apple cider doughnuts. It would be fun to make my own!

4. Owl Cookie Jar with frosted buttercream cookies in the shape of leaves and pumpkins from Cheryl’s–I love owls, and this jar is so cute! I like Cheryl’s buttercream cookies, and she even has maple buttercream for fall.

5.  Spiced pecan pumpkin pancake and waffle mix from Williams Sonoma–What better way to enjoy a cozy Sunday morning?