Archive | January, 2013

no. 5 Cookies and Caramel

30 Jan



This is my desk. I’m not a kindergarten teacher, I do own a wallet (and apparently ladybug post-its). I don’t have two kids – that’s a picture of my best friend and I waiting for the bus on our first day of school. I don’t spend my days writing with colored penicls. I have a real job involving numbers and hedge funds and all that super fun stuff. But this is also how I inhaled my recent flavor – by the mug. If I could offer a serving-size suggestion for the flavor – you know on the back of the carton it would be all the nutrition facts and then serving size = 1 MUG. (There are no calories, I checked).

ice cream

Cookies and cream is one of my go-to flavors. This recipe is super fast as it does not require you to heat the milk before churning. In fact, most of the ice creams that do require heating are actually custards. Get your notebooks, I’m going to go ice cream dork on you…real quick…

According to the FDA “Ice Cream” has to be between 10% and 14% butterfat. Any more, it is considered “premium” ice cream. Any less can be a variety of forms. I see the below chart when I sleep…


All done.

This recipe is great for when you forgot to make something for a party or, in this case, a coworker is in a pinch for a birthday gift. You can sub the cookies and caramel for almost anything really…graham crackers, your favorite candy, brownies, pound cake, cinnamon, cookie dough of any kind, bacon (yeah, try it), fudge swirl, raspberry swirl, mint…the options are endless.

You might be wondering why you don’t need to heat the mixture if it contains eggs. Well, I took a Sociology of Farming class in college and I wrote my Term Paper on Eggs. See Mom and Dad THIS is where your money is going According to the Incredible Edible Egg website, yes, seriously, “Scientists estimate that, on average across the U.S., only 1 of every 20,000 eggs might contain the bacteria. So, the likelihood that an egg might contain Se is extremely small – 0.005% (five one-thousandths of one percent). At this rate, if you’re an average consumer, you might encounter a contaminated egg once every 84 years.”

Granted, if you eat ice cream and egg sandwiches at the rate I do, my odds are that I’m going to die of salmonella….tomorrow, probably. In all seriousness though, the chance of bacteria surviving after you’ve refrigerated your eggs and frozen your ice cream is highly unlikely. If something could survive that then it’s probably a cool bacteria that will turn you into Superman so I’d still eat it. Eggs act as an emulsifying agent to bind that fats in your different milks. It also creates a fluffier tastier ice cream. If you still dont want to use eggs, you stubborn thing, I’ll list substitutions below.




(Yields 1 quart and 1 pint)
(Prep time: 5 minutes)
(Inactive time: 1 hour)

2 Large fresh chilled Eggs
¾ Cup of Cane Sugar
2 Cups of Organic Heavy Cream
1 Cup of Organic Whole Milk
2 tsp of good vanilla extract
20 Oreo Cookies (crumbled to your liking)
½ Cup of Caramel Topping
Phase 1 – Whip It
Whisk eggs for about 2 minutes until fluffy. Add sugar and whisk until dissolved. Add heavy cream, milk, and vanilla.
Phase 2 – Chill Out
Let the ingredients “get to know each other” for a while – about 30 minutes in the fridge
Phase 3 – Freeze Dance
Freeze in an ice cream maker per manufacturer’s instructions. In the last two minutes, add your Oreo crumble to the mixture.

To create the caramel swirl scoop your ice cream about 2 -3 scoops at a time into the container you will freeze it in. After each 2-3 scoops drizzle a layer of caramel. You can add as much as you like! Once the mixture freezes, it will create a swirling effect.
Let the ice cream free for at least an hour before serving

*n.b. – Because this is not a custard, it will not stay fresh as long. I would try to eat this ASAP. I’ve never really had that problem, but you might not be a monster like me.

If you do not want to use eggs, substitute the eggs, heavy cream, and milk and choose for one of these two combinations
Option 1: 2 cups of organic heavy cream & ¾ cup of Organic Half & Half
Option 2:  2 cups of organic heavy cream and 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk



Happy Scooping!


no. 4 Coconut Mango

21 Jan


Happy MLK Day! I’m writing to you from my couch, before noon, in my pajamas, eating massive amounts of ice cream and flipping between the Inauguration and the History Channel. Life is SO good this morning. Let freedom ring! Today is the day to remember and reflect on the progression of human equality.  After watching Ray Lewis fall to his knees and thank God for the blessing of his big football win and hearing Barack Obama faithfully confess to protect and serve our great country for another four years, I can’t help but be grateful for the transformation of our still-young country.  While I recognize the challenges ahead for our democracy, I still believe that gratitude, an often forgotten virtue, will help us to reinforce the theme that Charles Schumer set for today’s inauguration – Faith in America’s future.


Strangely (read: embarssingly) my favorite part of the inauguration thus far – besides when Joe Biden was ROCKING OUT to the Brooklyn choir –  is that the Twitter hashtag is #Inaug2013. Inaug…what a great abbrev. I think that Penny from Happy Endings would be down with that. If you don’t watch that show you, it’s Ah-Mah-Zinggg.


So I think that this ice cream is proof that I’m going to be alone in 50 years because instead of going out and watching football with every person in my city yesterday, I had to make this. Like donteventalktomeuntilimdone had to make this ice cream. Inspired by Lebovitz’s and Britton-Bauer, the two ice cream greats..I present Coconut Mango.  A creamy, delish and worth-it treat. Besides, even if the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl, who am I kidding? I’m not going to be around in 50 years anyway, I eat ice cream 2 out of every 3 meals a day. But this is fruit ice cream, made with all organic ingredients and that means that it must be 100% good for you. Even the third bowl that I had.  Shut up, I’m right.



(makes 1  quart)

(Prep time: 1 hour)

(Inactive time: 1.5 hrs)


1 Cup of unsweetened organic shredded coconut

1 Cup of organic whole milk

2 Cup of organic heavy cream

¾ Cup of unrefined Sugar

Pinch and a little of salt

1 vanilla bean

5 organic egg yolks

½ tsp good vanilla extract

1 cup of organic dried and chopped mango

½ cup of water

½ cup of sugar


Phase 1 – Toast your nuts and heat your mango

  • Preheat oven to 350 and toast coconut on either a baking sheet or in a brownie pan for 5-8 minutes or until toasted evenly.  You’ll need to stir once or twice to make sure it’s even. Put aside
  • Place mango in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan bring water and sugar to a bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Once boiled, pour over the mango, let cool and place in the refrigerator for later use.

Phase 2 – Soak it up

  • Slice vanilla bean in half and scrape seeds. Add seeds, the vanilla bean shell, whole milk, 1 cup of heavy cream, coconut, sugar, and salt to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat for 5-10 min or until 145 degrees.  Remove from heat and let the flavors fuse for about an hour.
  • Reheat the mixture for about five minutes. Strain the mixture into a second medium saucepan to remove the coconut shavings. Be sure to press the coconut with a wooden spoon, once strained, to extract the maximum amount of flavor.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks.  Temper your milk mixture into your eggs slowly to avoid cooking the

Phase 3 – Heat it up

  • Heat new mixture over medium heat to 175 degrees (about 15 minutes). Continuously stir with a rubber spatula to prevent burning.  Once complete, you have you your custard.

Phase 4 – Cool it down

  • Add the remaining 1-cup of heavy cream to a large bowl rested over an ice bath.  Add the warm mixture and stir.  Let the entire mixture cool completely in the refrigerator.

Phase 5 – Eat it up.

  • Once chilled, transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze per your manufacturers directions.  About 5 minutes before complete, add your mango to the mixture.  Scoop the ice cream from your barrel and freeze for 2-3 hours before use.
  • Put on your very chill pants, chill out and eat up.


This ice cream is so good..


..sorry, History Nerd joke.  That’s a picture of Grover Cleaveland. He was the 22nd and 24th President. Get it now? Ok I’ll drop it.

Enjoy your day! I have to clean up my ice cream bowl which I flung off the couch when I saw James Taylor at the inauguration.

Happy Scooping!