We All Scream

Bart came home a few nights ago and said, “That ice cream maker is starting to become a permanent fixture on the counter top.”

And he is not wrong.

In the last two weeks, I have made no less than seven different batches (Roasted Banana Ice Cream, Cheesecake Ice Cream, Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Chocolate Tangerine Sorbet, Cherry Coconut Frozen Yogurt, and Lemon Ice Cream, if you were wondering) (Also, you may have noticed that I’m married to someone who is convinced that every flavor is good as long as it’s chocolate).

All have been raging successes except for the banana ice cream because, tragically, I discovered too late that my freezer wasn’t as cold as it needed to be to freeze the canister. A spin of the freezer dial and another day of chilling and we were back in business. It’s been smooth sailing from there.

See, I made the novice error of checking out the much-lauded The Perfect Scoop book from the library. And it has well over one hundred recipes in it, with so far not a dud among them. Which means I want to try them ALL (Bart is raising an eyebrow at the avocado ice cream (probably wondering if chocolate chunks might improve it)).

Luckily for us, we are surrounded by good friends who are willing to sacrifice their own time to help us eat our way through this cookbook. What would we do without them?

It is also a very fortunate thing that one of my other goals for this year is to run three times a week. Might need to up that to three times a day.

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  • Reply RA January 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Bart, avocado ice cream is AWESOME! It is not, however, chocolate, so I don't know if that can be remedied.

    Janssen, I love that cookbook, too.

  • Reply Jess January 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I had an avocado milkshake once. It was disgusting. I'm just saying.

  • Reply smalldog January 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    WHY don't we live closer?!

    PS – I've heard avocado ice cream is actually pretty good when done properly.

    PPS – most unusual but good ice cream I've ever had was lavender ice cream.

  • Reply Gian Molina January 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Avocado ice awesome…so are avocado shakes…you just gotta make sure the avocados are sweet, which is usually a problem in the States…

  • Reply Nikki January 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    My husband LOVES avocado milkshakes. I refuse to try them.

  • Reply Melanie January 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I was just thinking about you and your new ice cream maker and wondering what flavors you had come up with.

    I've got to try that chocolate raspberry! Like Bart, I usually head straight for anything chocolate, but since I started making my own ice cream, the simple fruit flavors have been my favorites.

    You should try cookies and cream with real mint. (Seep the mint in milk and just add bit of the chopped leaves to the mixture.)

  • Reply Heather January 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    some of the best gelato I had in Italy was pistachio. Wish we could come help you out in eating your way through that cookbook.

  • Reply Kimberly January 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I hear that in Brazil, avocados are considered a sweet thing and they have avocado milkshakes. I've heard everything from amazing to gross from anyone that's tried it. Maybe a mini batch?

  • Reply Kimberly January 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Oh, and the best gelato I ever had was Nutella. Ready, go.

  • Reply Jeanelle January 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I tend to be more traditional and if I'm going to eat ice cream, I want it "normal" and with lots of chunks of something good like cookies or candy.

    Okay, I got an ice cream maker last year used it once and was not impressed…it was a lower end cuisinart where you froze the bowl and then let it mix for awhile and then put it in the freezer and the ice cream then took hours to set up. Does yours take that long? It made me wonder what the point of the ice cream maker was because I could mix it in my kitchenaid and then put it in the freezer to freeze. I mean really, what does the ice cream maker (non ice/rock salt variety) do besides take up space? So I gave it away. Should I have just bought one like yours? Or I'm thinking about the kitchenaid attachment. But more importantly, did you make the double chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and how was it???

  • Reply Ralphie January 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Right after talking to you about this book, B and I saw a food show with the author on it. He was making ice cream with caramelized bacon in it. And the host LOVED it.

    Is that one in there?

  • Reply preethi January 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I really really want that cookbook. Also, I could probably subsist solely off of avocado milkshakes. Amazing!!

  • Reply heidikins January 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I am gonna jump on the "Avocado milkshakes changed my life!" bandwagon–mine was fantastic. And I think a few chocolate shards would be a fantastic addition. 😉

    I recently had a banana-oreo shake, and it was the most amazing combination of flavors–I feel it safe to proclaim that it would make the best icecream ever!


  • Reply Rhiannon January 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    We got the ice cream attachment for our KitchenAid for Christmas. I used it for the first time on Saturday and I'm IN LOVE. So, naturally, I'm off to investigate this ice cream book.

  • Reply McKinley January 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Ohhh my freaking gosh. How about you scoop some into a savor ice box and ship it to us!!! Those sound like amazing flavors! I hope you are scanning those recipes so you can always go back to them once you return the book! Is that illegal? I don't even know but I think it is sounds like a good idea!

  • Reply Becca January 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I love avocado milkshakes!! But please oh please do not add chocolate. 🙂 The problem is the avocados here are so teeny. The ones in Brazil have pits the size of American avocados. Tragic. If you can get your hands on a decently large one, and add enough sugar, it is a beautiful thing.

  • Reply Angela Noelle of SK January 20, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I love avocado shakes too…can only imagine the ice cream will be rockin'.

  • Reply BrittWilk January 20, 2011 at 4:41 am

    thank heavens for a magically fast metabolism. three times a week should suffice. 🙂

    did you ever see the avocado shake post from my skinny bovine blog? they are to die for actually. let me know how the ice cream turns out.

  • Reply Katie Rich January 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Next time you are in Provo and happen to need people to help you eat ice cream, I am there.

  • Reply Mrs. Doolittle January 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I wonder if they will make a movie out of it if you do make every recipe in the book and blog about it.

    By the way, Michael C. won this year's no-bake Bake-Off with chocolate ice cream with chunks of York peppermint patties. Unfortunately, it was a day that I wasn't there so I didn't get to taste it.

  • Reply Lady Susan April 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    So, I finally went and bought this book. I mean, I have been hearing its praises sung forever. The post finally tipped me over the purchasing point.

    Our inaugural batch was the chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Oh my word! Heaven. So much better than anything you can buy, and I have had some pretty decent chocolate peanut butter ice creams. Lovely. The coconut cherry looks divine as well as every other recipe in that book. Did you find on the choc. pb that the batch was a bit on the small side? I think in subsequent makings, we will one and a half it. I am wondering if the other recipes are equal in size and so I should just plan accordingly.

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