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Foodie Moments on Italian National Day at Casa Loma

Last month my husband said we were off to Casa Loma for an Italian National Day celebration.  It sounded like fun, but I didn’t really know what would be happening at the event or even realized how large this event was until we started to walk around the grounds.

There was food galore!  I’ll let the photos below illustrate some of the types of food.  Overall, my taste buds were very happy!

Here are the three foodie moments that stood out for me… (more…)

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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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