Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Indulge with Ice Cream

If I need to replace my dinner with dessert, that should be ICE CREAM! Ice cream is one of the world's all-time favorite treats, and the combination of flavor and color is virtually un-limited.
This exotic "dish" for instance is made out of sugar-dusted pineapple slices topped with pistachio ice cream mixed with light whipped cream. You can sprinkle some fresh pistachios and add a couple of drops of lemon for more taste. Does it sound good?

How about these exotic tacos made out of delicious almond cookies. The taco shells are the base of these mouthwatering sandwiches filled with pistachio ice cream topped with fresh nuts and shredded coconut. Mmm...

This refreshing "salad" is a cantaloupe/watermelon combo, mixed with lemon sorbet and topped with lemon zest. Using a melon baller, create  cantaloupe and watermelon balls and mix them with the sorbet. Easy-breeze!

For a really fine taste and something more gourmet, mix fresh melon, whipped cream and fresh spearmint in the blender and let it freeze for at least 6 hours in a rectangular container. When really hard, cut it in small square pieces and serve it with fresh melon and spearmint leaves for decoration.

This is a classic! Chocolate mousse ice cream with fresh strawberries; a dash of shredded dark chocolate and optional brandy syrup makes this treat sensational!

Speaking of chocolate, take a peak at this chocolate-hazelnut treat! On a walnut cake tart, we put a cup of hazelnut-chocolate ice cream, topped with fresh banana rosettes and fresh coconut slices. Serve on a pedestal platter and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. You'll be called the queen of indulges.

Besides the taste, I love the look of this watermelon ice cream. Mix about 1lb of strawberry ice cream with chocolate chips and let them freeze. Cover the surface of a round bowl with clear plastic and put a thin layer of pistachio ice cream first. Then a thin layer of vanilla and last a thick layer of the strawberry/chocolate chip mix and let it stay in the freezer for a few hours. Cut the watermelon ice cream in triangles, remove the plastic and serve!

If you are a fruit lover, this dish made from scratch will be your favorite! Use an ice cream maker and mix fresh cream, sugar, eggs and fresh basil. Let it freeze for a while and put a few scoops over cut bananas, peaches, kiwis and strawberries. Optional brandy syrup and mint can be the final touch.

Another fruit haven is this lemon bavarois ice cream, topped with grapes and peaches. Sprinkle the fruit with confection sugar and lemon juice. A few rays of  cherry syrup will make it a wow dessert!

Here is an elegant sweet dish that will treat your discriminating guests. Mix fresh cream with strawberries and add it to 1lb vanilla ice cream. Put the entire mix in a stainless steel or cake mold and let it freeze for several hours. Make some vanilla pudding and when ready to serve, take the ice cream out of the mold and cover it with the pudding. Decorate with fresh strawberries and meringue cookies.

...And don't forget the kids! Watch them beam when you give them this home made tri-colored bar!
Cover a rectangular pan or container with wax paper, and put layers of  strawberry, apricot and cherry ice cream.
When well frozen, turn it over in a  long platter, and put popsicle sticks in every  inch. Cut the bars and HURRAY!

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Here are recipes for just about every ice cream imaginable, from four different versions of plain old vanilla to Avocado Ice Cream (it's really more of a chilled guacamole served as a garnish for gazpacho). Weinstein includes dozens of basic recipes for ice creams, sorbets, and granitas, with innumerable variations, along with sodas and shakes, hot fudge and other toppings, and even homemade ice cream cones. 

MAKING ARTISAN GELATO:45 Recipes and Techniques for Crafting Flavor-Infused Gelato and Sorbet at Home $16.49

The word gelato, in Italian, simply means “ice cream,” but its meaning has shifted to define a type of high-end frozen dessert, made with milk, not cream. Gelato also has 35% less air whipped into it than ice cream, heightening its rich mouthfeel without tipping the scales. Gelato, in all its luxury, is simple to make at home with a standard ice-cream maker.
Making Artisan Gelato, following on the heels of Making Artisan Chocolates, will offer 45+ recipes and flavor variations for exquisite frozen desserts, made from all-natural ingredients available at any grocery store or farmer’s market.
From pureeing and straining fruit to tempering egg yolks for a creamy base, the gelato-making techniques included in Making Artisan Gelato ensure quality concoctions. Recipe flavors run the gamut—nuts, spices, chocolate, fruit, herbs, and more—with novel flavor pairings that go beyond your standard-issue fare. 


Capturing the essence of summer with homemade ice creams, sorbets, gelatos and ices.

Using the easy and delicious recipes in The Ice Cream Bible and an ice cream maker, home chefs will have everything needed to make a range of luscious frozen desserts to satisfy everyone all year round.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Little Book Of Promises

"Promises hold powerful energy that unfulfilled or not explored can limit our potential. With The Little Book of Big Promises, Peggy Rometo, one of the most genuine, authentic, and caring people I know, gives us the key to unlock a treasure chest of tools to transform our pain into healing, make peace with adversity, and open the door to our true potential. Peggy is the real deal, and so is this book!"
--Demi Moore

We all make promises to ourselves and to others. Some are small and simple, some are serious and lasting. The big promises we make guide our lives in immeasurable ways, but we don't come into this world consciously remembering what they are.
In this book, intuitive healer Peggy Rometo shows you how to uncover your hidden promises. By selecting and focusing on nine significant events that have helped shape you--starting as early as childhood--you will be able to explore the mystery and beauty of your inner life. Looking at these events and your reactions to them begins to reveal your promises--promises that outline the actions, intentions, and qualities you're meant to express--and bring forth what is needed to act as a bridge from one stage of your life to the next.

Using a three-step process including guided meditations, energy work, visualizations, and other practices that allow you to tap into your intuition, Peggy teaches you how to reconnect with the creative forces and intrinsic wisdom of the universe, cultivate awareness and trust, and uncover the promises you made. Throughout the process, you will learn to break free of self-destructive tendencies, jealousy, guilt, fear, and other inhibiting habits that hold you back from embodying your true self.    
In the end, you will find your current promise and honor your overarching promise: to share who you are with the world.

         This book is intended to give you a solid experience, a tangible connection with the Creator, as much as that is possible given that we're speaking about something the mind cannot really grasp. To help you develop the trust this work requires, I'll introduce you to practices for accessing information about yourself and your life that you may not even know you have available to you, using exercises that progressively deepen your connection to your intuition. Along the way, we'll look at the obstacles that get in the way of our fulfilling our promises--old patterns, beliefs, stories, and fears--and find ways to break free of these old bonds. Finally, we'll explore what you can ultimately do with the information you get about your promises, how deeply they can enrich your life and how to go on working with them once you've put this book down.

The Little Book of Big Promises is an easy, quick read, but it is formidable, too. It's for those who want to know the truth for themselves, who aren't willing to believe it without discovering and experiencing it firsthand. In other words, it's for you. 



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