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“Homemade” Vanilla, Coconut Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Do you have appliances that you never use? My husband and I were so excited to buy our ice cream maker many years ago.  We were going to be creative and make all sorts of different flavoured ice cream.  Alas, we made one batch of vanilla ice cream and that was it.  We abandoned ice cream making because I think we found the texture of our batch was not the same as the store-bought kind.

Ice cream making made its way back into our life when my daughter and I recently tried an “ice cream shake” activity from a science kit.  We were surprised that we could turn liquidy milk into a more solid texture in five minutes.  My daughter liked the ice cream shake a lot (it consisted of whole milk, a few tablespoons of sugar, and drops of vanilla) that I decided to give the ice cream maker another try.

cuisinarticecreammakerSo I pulled out our Cuisinart 2 Qt Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker.

This time we would not try a “from scratch” recipe.  We enlisted the help of a Williams-Sonoma Vanilla Ice Cream Starter.

The only other ingredients required were half-and-half cream and heavy cream.

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Ice Wine Slushies, Dark Chocolate and Wasabi Peas

IMG_1208Recently while having ice wine at one of the wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region, we were told that the Ice House Winery serves ice wine slushies.

Yes, you read that correctly, a slushy made with ice wine!

I am not much of a wine drinker, but I love ice wine.  So the Ice House Winery was a must for me to visit in this region.

Upon entering the Ice House Winery, I saw two children having slushies.  Already I had a good feeling this was going to be a positive tasting experience even for my daughter.  (more…)

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