Ice Cream

ICE CREAM

1 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
½ cup preserves, peach, strawberry, pear, or blueberry (optional)

Combine condensed milk, salt, preserves and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well and set aside. In large bowl (use a large metal bowl that you have chilled in the freezer with the beaters for about 20 minutes) beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted out of mixture (about 5 minutes). Gently fold in peach mixture. Pour into a shallow 1½ quart metal pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. After two hours or when edges start to harden, gently stir ice cream; spoon into air tight container and freeze for two – three more hours. Serve in waffle bowls with your favorite toppings. Keeps in freezer for up to one week…unless you are an ice cream-a-holic.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
An average American eats 48 pints of ice cream in a year.
A cow gives enough milk to make 2 gallons of ice cream a day.
Vanilla is the number one flavor people choose for ice cream.
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the real word for “Brain Freeze” which happens when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth which sends messages to your brain that signal heat loss causing the massive headache. Hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth which will warm the sensors and get your brain out of panic mode.

Links to Previous A-Z Challenge Posts:

Anderson Stew

Bruschetta

Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookies

Dumplings

Elephant Stew

Funny Bone Cup Cakes

Grasshopper Pie

Hand-Me-Down Salad

Welcome to the 2018 A-Z Blogging challenge. This will be my fourth year. Every year I take on the challenge with hopes of disciplining myself to keep writing throughout the year as much, if not more than just through the monthly challenge. (It certainly is a challenge.) Some years are better than others. Some I just lose track of time. This year I have decided to put my favorite hobbies together. A recipe that is tried and true as well as some thoughtful insight. Please note some of these recipes have been shared before, however they have gone through years of testing and this is the perfected recipe. I really hope one of my recipes or “Food for Thought” inspires you to do something great. Enjoy the read and the photos, try the recipe, share your thoughts or comments, and most of all, have FUN with the challenge this month!

Cheers,

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Bruschetta on the Grill

BRUSCHETTA
3 tbsp. olive oil
6 slices French bread (sliced ½” thick)
1 garlic clove, cut in half lengthwise
¾ cup chopped tomato, seeds removed
1 tbsp. fresh basil, minced
1 tsp. fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1-2 tbsp. parmesan cheese

Brush two tsp. oil over one side of each slice of bread. Rub cut side of garlic over bread. Place on cast iron skillet. Grill at high temperature for 3-5 minutes until the bread is lightly browned. In the meantime, mince the garlic cloves and combine with tomato, basil, parsley, vinegar, salt, pepper and remaining oil in a small bowl. Spoon mixture over bread; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, cover and grill 1-2 minutes longer.

Food For Thought:

  • Barbecuing is a competitive sport.
  • Marinated steaks are actually safer to eat than non-marinated steaks.
  • The word “barbecue” comes from a Taino word for “sacred fire pit”.
  • Oscar Mayer was a real person.
  • The first McDonald’s was a barbecue restaurant.
  • You can add a smokier flavor to barbecue sauce with a shot of single malt scotch.
  • President Lyndon Johnson had barbecues installed on the roof of the White House.
  • The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are: burgers (85%), steak (80%), hot dogs (79%) and chicken (73 %).
  • The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, mesquite, honey, and spicy-hot.
  • 3 out of 4 American households own a grill and they use it on average of 5 times per month.

Welcome to the 2018 A-Z Blogging challenge. This will be my fourth year. Every year I take on the challenge with hopes of disciplining myself to keep writing throughout the year as much, if not more than just through the monthly challenge. (It certainly is a challenge.) Some years are better than others. Some I just lose track of time. This year I have decided to put my favorite hobbies together. A recipe that is tried and true as well as some thoughtful insight. Please note some of these recipes have been shared before, however they have gone through years of testing and this is the perfected recipe. I really hope one of my recipes or “Food for Thought” quotes inspires you to do something great. Enjoy the read and photos, try the recipe, share your thoughts and have fun with the challenge this month!

Cheers,

Anderson Stew

 

Welcome to the 2018 A-Z Blogging challenge.  This will be my fourth year I take on the challenge with hopes of disciplining myself to keep writing throughout the year as much, if not more than just through the monthly challenge. (It certainly is a challenge.)  Some years are better than others.  Some I just lose track of time.  This year I have decided to put my favorite hobbies together. A recipe that is tried and true as well as some thoughtful insight.  Please note some of these recipes have been shared before, however they have gone through years of testing and this is the perfected recipe.  I really hope one of my recipes or “Food for Thought” quotes inspires you to do something great.  Enjoy the read, try the recipe and photos, share your thoughts and have fun with the challenge this month!

ANDERSON STEW
2/3 cup dry cranberry beans
2/3 cup dry black beans
10 oz. beer
1 packet chicken flavored Ramen noodle seasoning
2 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp. butter
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
2 smoked sausages
½ lb. hickory smoked grilled chicken
½ cup uncooked rice
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. chili powder
¾ tsp. cumin

Cover beans by an inch with water and bring to a boil.  Boil for five minutes and turn off heat.  Let stand for one hour.  Drain and rinse beans. In large Dutch oven, sauté onions and celery in butter until onions are golden (about 10 minutes).  Pour in beer and add Ramen noodle seasoning; stir until dissolved and well blended. Add chicken broth, carrots, beans, rice, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, chili powder and cumin.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1½ hours, stirring frequently. Add sausage and chicken and cook for 1 hour, or to desired thickness. Serve with your favorite biscuit or rolls.

Food For Thought:  Soup is for the soul what stew is for the appetite.  When we are sick we crave soup to make us feel better.  When we are hungry we need a stew to fill our belly.  There is no wrong way to make a stew. Want it thicker, add ¼-½ cup of instant potatoes.

Cheers,