Did you know that we are in the middle of National Ice Cream Month? Why yes, we are!! And this past Sunday (the third Sunday of every July) was National Ice Cream Day. I’m a huge fan of this. Thank you, Ronald Reagan for designating a whole month to my favorite icy treat. Armed with the two homemade ice cream bibles and my cuisineart ice cream machine, I’ve been doing my part churning out pints and pints of ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt.
I bought two books to kick off my ice cream making adventures: David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop” based on all the great reviews on Amazon and “Making Artisan Gelato“. We’ve been addicted to gelato since our trip to Italy last summer and actually prefer it to ice cream now. One day in Florence, we created our own gelato walking tour and we stopped by eight different gelato shops!
If I could buy one more ice-cream recipe book to add to my collection, I would buy the Bi-Rite Creamery’s “Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones” book just so that I could try my hand at making their famous salted caramel ice-cream. It’s my all-time favorite and we always have a quart of it in our fridge. I will eat a spoonful every once in awhile whenever I had the craving, its heavenly.
I put my 2 quart Cuisinart ice-cream maker to the test with all the different types of ice-cream I’ve been making! I originally wanted to get an ice-cream maker that didn’t require freezing the inner bowl beforehand, but this one was affordable ended up working just fine:
Oddly enough, July seems to be one of the colder months in San Francisco, but we’ve been enjoying lots of this cold, creamy homemade deliciousness despite the frigid, foggy weather:
I thought I’d close out the month of July with a series “Ilene’s Creamery” that chronicles my foray into ice cream making. I still consider myself a novice at it but its been fun experimenting with all sorts of different flavors and even more fun eating it all! Hooray for summer and hooray for summer treats!