Thursday, August 2, 2012

adventures in ice cream

Adventures in icecream

So apparently July was National Ice Cream Month. Who knew. Yes, President Ronald Reagan made July National Ice Cream Month in 1984. There is a whole month dedicated to ice cream. And the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. He even encouraged people to observe this day by participating in "appropriate ceremonies and activities." Read the actual proclamation here. It's pretty cool to see the actual letter with the presidential seal and his signature and the words "ice cream" all together. He might be my new favorite president.

And where did I learn all about this? The International Dairy Foods Association. You learn something new every day.

I wish I knew that last month was the official month for ice cream consumption. But I didn't. But it doesn't matter because after making my first two batches of homemade icecream with my new ice cream maker, I'll be making ice cream for a while. Even well into the school year I think.

It's the new baking. Minus the mess, the oven, the precision, the waiting-before-tasting-to-make-adjustments-and-by-then-it's-too-late-effect, the cost, the long lost of ingredients. It's awesome.

So here is my new project Adventures in Ice Cream. Before I started this and when this was all just a jumble in my brain, I wanted to make a certain number before a certain date, similar to Elise's 40 pizzas (in progress) and 40 loaves (completed). But I couldn't think of a good number. I hadn't really done any serious ice cream making before except for in cooking class and I wasn't sure how many recipes I could commit to before school started. 15? 25? So then I made my first batch and then 24 hours later I made my second. I could easily make 31 (I thought it was a good number because then it would be 31 flavors and that, I thought, was a good name for this project). But then I came across this book. The combination of this amazing book plus the ease of actually making the ice cream made me not want to put a limit on the number of recipes I would try. Because what if I made more than 31? The book has 100. And time constraints only stress me out. So here it is, Adventures in Ice Cream. No deadline, no hard numbers. Just excitement.


ps. Why on earth is ice cream two separate words. I can't get over it. I have been misspelling ice cream for "icecream" for 22 years. It should be one. It's not cream that's ice. It's icecream, a thing. Ronald Reagan should have changed that too. So don't mind my mistakes because I already caught myself several times spelling it wrong, even in that first photo so I had to go back and re-edit it. 

pps. I went back and rechanged it back to "icecream". The cursive just looks so much better as icecream not ice cream. So who cares if I spell it wrong, it's my project, my blog. I'm telling you, it just looks better.

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