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Toasted Rice Ice Cream

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With a Whiff of Coconut and Black Tea.

I didn’t think it was possible, but I finally met an ice cream that I don’t really like.  Of course that didn’t stop me from eating it.

You can’t beat the texture when it comes to the milk and heavy cream, along with some cream cheese.  But as much as I may like having a little something mixed in, I can’t really get into the rice.

Maybe another reason this isn’t my favorite is because you essentially have to make two desserts.  First the rice pudding, and then the ice cream.  That also makes for some extra dishes.  The toasted rice is not something you see every day, though.

Hmm, now that I think about it, rice pudding isn’t my favorite either.

I did really like the tea flavor.  I used Darjeeling.  Surprisingly, Jake loved this.

On the other hand, my favorite ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer, hands down, was this Savannah Buttermint.

I actually made this earlier this month and never got around to telling you about it.  It was supposed to be the last recipe I was going to make in the apartment.  I set aside everything I needed to make  it before the movers came, or so I thought.  I had actually already moved my sugar.  It was totally worth the wait.

By the way, as if the butter and the mint weren’t enticing enough, this has white chocolate swirls in there too.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

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Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken

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This is a first for me:  no pictures.  I should have taken a picture of the beautifully sliced lemons piled with the onions and the rosemary sprigs from my plant that I keep on the deck.  But I didn’t.  Then once all of that went into the tea mixture, it wasn’t so pretty anymore.  It especially wasn’t pretty after it sat in the fridge overnight.  Then once it came out of the oven, it was just a piece of chicken.  Seriously, you don’t need a picture of that.

This recipe came from Southern Living’s May 2011 issue.  There’s a whole section on recipes with tea and I plan on trying them all, some day.  This particular chicken was supposed to be cooked on the grill.  Here’s the thing:  we don’t have a grill.  I am just not into it.  Actually, I do have an indoor grill that is enough for me.  I’m not talking George Foreman.  It’s a Delonghi and one of my most favorite wedding presents.  Anyway, I also managed to find the one man in America that’s not into it either.  We have considered it many times and will probably get one eventually, now that we have the deck space.  For now, I just put my little chicken in the oven with some potatoes and carrots, and some more rosemary, and it baked to perfection.

Speaking of my little chicken, it wasn’t.  Most of the recipes I encounter these days call for 3.5 to 4-pound birds.  I can never seem to find one under 5.  I’m all for leftovers, but man.  I wound up getting two breasts and four thighs.  I swear, those breasts were bigger than mine.  I hope with all this awareness about portion size and obesity that some day I will find a normal-sized chicken.

Eat Well and Savor.

I’m Cooking for Two

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Calm down.  I said I’m cooking for two, not eating for two.  My husband has finally returned from his deployment.  Insert applause for our military here.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  How could she possibly cook anymore than she already does?  Well, the answer is it probably won’t be more, just different and most likely not as healthy.  

We’re going to start off simple enough with some tea for two.   If you haven’t read Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard, then you need to run out and get it.  I literally read this book in 24 hours.  I started it during my pedicure one afternoon and finished it on the plane to Vegas the next.  And now I’m going to read it again and make the recipes too. 

The first one is for Fresh Mint Tea.  Just to entice you to read the book, this section is called Recipes for Seduction. 

This time last week I would have said what the heck is that floating in my teacup.  In fact, this week, even though I know they are pine nuts, I’m still not sure why they’re there.  Maybe it’s a French thing I’m unaware of. 

Gunpowder green tea, fresh mint, and a couple of sugar cubes.

A couple drops of orange flower water and it’s a soothing way to start your day. 

Eat Well and Savor.