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20090709

Cooks Country--"Magic Chocolate Ice Cream"

This recipe in the June/July 2009 issue of Cooks Country is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

--Shameless plug--
First off, if you like cooking, and you LOVE food, Cooks Country is one of the greatest cooking magazines!
--END Shameless plug--

You will read so much more about this recipe if you get the magazine, but short and TRULY OH SO SWEET, here is the recipe:

(recipe calls for 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder, I like it a little different)
1 teaspoon ground SAIGON cinnamon (Saigon cinnamon is hotter than 'regular' cinnamon, it is similar to cinnamon bears or red hots, and is really good)
1 tablespoon hot water
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 PINCH salt
1-1/4 cups cold heavy cream

Combine cinnamon and hot water in small bowl. Add chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and microwave for about 1 minute, stirring every 10 second interval, until chocolate is melted. Stir in Vanilla and salt. Let cool... With electric mixer on medium, whip cream to soft peaks, about 2 minutes. Whisk one-third of whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate mixture until incorporated. Freeze in airtight container until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 2 weeks.

I am going to be playing around with this a bit, like making it into mint ice cream (my favorite), maybe mixing in a little chocolate that melts at room temp (eg like magic shell or something). But anyway, this is the best ice cream ever!!!

Flavor updates.... Using the same basic recipe as above but replacing the Chocolate/Cinnamon with various things, Anniche has made the following flavors:
  • Chocolate

  • Strawberry (real strawberries)

  • Mint

  • Mint Chocolate (made with Andes mints, VERY GOOD!)

  • Raspberry Chocolate

  • Orange Chocolate

  • Cookies and Cream (I think that there is a Lindt chocolate bar called Cookies and cream, all she did was melt the bar and put it with the sweetened condensed milk, and put it in the whipped cream

  • White Chocolate

  • White Chocolate Mango

  • White Chocolate Strawberry

  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cup (that one was really actually good)

  • Toasted Coconut (I just toasted some coconut in the microwave, very carefully, and blended it in the Vitamix with coconut --don't try this with a regular blender, the Vitamix tuns the coconut into something very smooth)

  • Caramel (Dulce de Leches)

  • Chocolate Caramel

  • (5) comment(s):
    So, the next time I come to Utah, you're gonna make this for me, right? ;)

    P.S. the word verification right now is: fatical... Say that three times fast, sounds like "fat cow"... kinda appropriate for this post. lol

    Heck yeah! And if you come around June 11th, you can come with us to the temple (my wife and I, and our children are getting sealed) Jordan River, 6:30PM (for the 7:00 session)

    --But seriously... this is so easy to make, you will wonder why you haven't been making it all along (why buy from the store, when you can make ice cream BETTER than you've EVER had anywhere else!)

    That is so awesome!!!! I wish I could be there. You rock, SKye! :)
    This recipe is really good but SO SO SO rich!!! I'd recommend eating it in very small doses. I didn't add any flavor-just good old fashioned ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate and it tasted perfect. Thanks for the recipe.
    UNDER WHIP THE CREAM If your ice cream is tasting a little buttery... you've overwhipped the cream. Try beating it less, it's not your kid ;)
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    20090705

    Google Voice

    I just recently started using https://www.google.com/voice/ it's pretty cool, it has a lot of the advantages of Vonage in the sense that they have a similar service to Vonages "Simulring", where I can add additional phone numbers, and when someone calls my "NEW" Google Voice number I can have it ring multiple phones. They have call screening, so they are asked to record their name first, and then when it contacts me it plays your name and asks me whether to accept or send to voicemail. They have free voicemail, free SMS, and... Get this... Free voicemail to TEXT CONVERSION!! (Most other carriers CHARGE for this service). Anyway, you have to beg for an account at present, but I LOVE their number picking interface, you can enter in numbers, or letters, I wanted to be 910-dskyeho... but I kinda wanted an 801 number so I found one that was one digit off of my HOME number--WAY COOL! Anyway, there is a lot more to experiment with this.. but so far I'm liking it. Google deserves my first-born ;) (I always say that I love Google so much that I'd give them my first born --I just love how they do business, they make the world a better place by giving away so much).

    Anyway, sign up now, so that you can get accepted, and, if you don't have free long distance at home.. you do now.. via their web interface, you can call any number in the USA for free, Google calls you, then connects you to any number. And they have AMAZING international rates: http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/answer.py?answer=141925 --wow.. I sound like I'm advertising... I'm really not, I'm just saying Google has done it again!! (you could be saving money if you are calling long distance in the US, or Internationally --I'm just trying to help you out :) )

    (2) comment(s):
    I'm still on the waiting list for an invite. I'm jealous!
    I think I signed up on June 21st (when I read that Google had bought up 1 million numbers) http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/WwyQF5DNPL4/google-snaps-up-one-million-phone-numbers-as-google-voice-launch-looms-large )
    Post a Comment http://dskye.blogspot.com/2009/07/google-voice.html

    20090703

    The McAwesome

    A friend of mine, Dennis O. (who happens to work for McDonald's), created the most incredible sandwich, it is called the "McAwesome", and it is simply put a McChicken inside of a McDouble. I like to think of it as Bun, Burger, Bun, Chicken, Bun, Burger, Bun... But you can call it the McAwesome. For $2, it's BIGGER than a Big Mac, and I have to say I like it better.

    here's some action shots:

    (0) comment(s):
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