Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Obsessions

I have a new obsession. I'm blaming it on a certain pink clad person living in Pothole, Ohio.

How did this happen? She dared to publish on post on making homemade blueberry sour cream ice cream. Look at THOSE PICTURES!! It triggered something deep inside my brain. I logged off the computer, grabbed the car keys and told my son's girlfriend that I was going out to buy an ice cream machine. She looked somewhat surprised but was impressed by my apparent determination to have blueberry ice cream before the sun went down.

My shopping trip proved less than successful. The cost of said machine set my teeth on edge. I just couldn't justify spending that amount of money on an ice cream machine. What if I didn't like making ice cream or perhaps the blueberry sour cream recipe resulted in a gelatinous, inedible mass. Then I'd be stuck with a half gallon of $85 ice cream.

I came home defeated and served tiny plastic cups of Jello tapioca pudding to my family for dessert. They were pretty sure that it wasn't the blueberry ice cream I'd promised earlier that morning but they shoveled it down without nary a complaint.

I was a determined wannabe ice cream maker and to that end I started trolling Ebay and Amazon. The 2-qt. Cuisinart machines seemed to be selling for more than the local store was asking. Drats, foiled again.

In the past year I've been working hard on practicing patience and so I started meditating using a mental image of a 2-qt. Cuisinart Ice Cream machine as my focus. Mantras soon followed.....

Blooooooooo berry sour cream...... blooooooooooo berry........ blooooooooo berry.

What can I say? This meditation thing is awesome. Within a week my Cuisinart machine appeared on a visit to J.C. Penney outlet store. The price tag? $34. I swore I could hear a choir of angels singing as I wheeled the cart to the checkout lane.

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Halleluiah!!

The moment I arrived home I tossed the bowl into the freezer and set about making a batch of strawberry ice cream. It was superb. Creamy beyond belief and a half gallon made for less than the cost of store bought. Batches came fast and furious. My family anxiously waits to see what the next day might bring in the way of frozen desserts. The electric meter is flying out of control.

The Farmer brought home basil and mint so that I could whip up a batch of Emeril's Basil and Lemon Sorbet. OK, I'm crazy for this sorbet. WOW.

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Yesterday was Creamy Gelato day here at the farmhouse. This is equal to the others on the delicious scale but it's very rich. A little gelato goes a long way.

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But still no Blueberry Ice Cream. Regardless of the global market my local store had no fresh blueberries. There's always another day. Look at this list of ice cream recipes.

I'd love to be able to say that the ice cream making obsession replaces my previous obsession for pricey cake pans but that's just not true. Just today while doing errands my car drove itself past Williams-Sonoma. I was somehow able to prevent the car from parking otherwise I'd have gone inside and bought those cute pumpkin pans and the leaf shaped crust cutters for pumpkin pies. A quick trip to their website has resulted in a definite twitching brought on by the sight of the totally adorable Acorn Cakelet Pan, the Great Pumpkin cake pan and the mother of them all......the TURKEY PAN!

Do you think there's a 12-step program for this type of thing?

20 comments:

Molly said...

Who would want a twelve step program for that kind of thing? Just think of the joy you bring to others by indulging in your passion...you're in your zone, your power alley...yeah, that's it.

chocolatechic said...

There is absolutely no need for a 12 step program.


PS. You can use frozen blueberries. I'd never tell.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...
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Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Yes, the gal from Pothole might be responsible for a lot of things. Did you see her post today? Outrageous! Plan on looking for a blow torch next.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Blogger bubbles again...

Heidi said...

That looks and sounds a whole lot better than the oatmeal I am slurping into my mouth right now!!! LOL

Karen said...

No, you don't want a twelve step program or that, trust me :-)

I went looking for an icecream maker when I got this overpowering urge for Hokey Pokey icecream, just over a year ago. I found a cheap one at Target, but it does the job!! Almost time for Eggnog icecream !!

Thanks for posting that link to the icecream recipes, btw :-)

Chris said...

Mmmm! At least your obsessions are delicious!*Ü*

I NEED that acorn, pumpkin, turkey(!) cake pan....uh, is this contagious???

Chris

Louise said...

I'm laughing so hard.

I don't have a 12-step program, but I have some similar obsessions. I don't even LIKE cake that well, but I love pretty cake pans. BUT... my rule is nothing come in the house unless there's room for it (which there's not), so I either have to not have it or get rid of something to make room for it. THANK GOODNESS it's that way or I'd have Prince Charming looking all over town for one of those ice cream makers. And then I'd be a fat cow. There's no control over that kind of stuff for me unless I just don't do it.

hayseed said...

Hi I'm new to your blog, but I enjoy it. Sorry can't write more, must search for my ice-cream maker back in the depths of my kitchen cupboard!

belladella said...

I think this is a healthy obsession. After all, you are using fruit.

lifeinredshoes said...

I purchased the 1 quart model of the Quisinart ice cream maker, plus an extra bowl. I have used it twice, the bowls sit in the freezer taking up precious space. I also bought the giant heavy duty can slice dice mix anything in a heartbeat make your life so much easier food processor...it's a pain in the butt to clean. Sits in the cupboard taking up precious space. You get my drift.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Suzanne...fresh ice cream sounds delicious! I have never attempted to make my own...sounds like a great way to make it healthy and fresh!!
Pumpkin ice cream sounds lovely....
Hugs,
Robin

Ritch in Love said...

I love Bloooooberries!! I love blueberry sour cream pie. Now I am craving the ice cream. Yum!!

American in Norway said...

Yuuuuuuuuuummmmm! I want some!

Farmchick said...

I LOVE homemade ice cream...I have Cuisinart maker also but I have ONE SMALL problem....I can't find the freezer cylinder thingey!!! Oy!! My hips are rejoicing!!! lol Would love for you to stop over and visit me sometime! Have a great evening!
~Tania

Linda said...

Those pans are marvelous. That's a great collector's idea. If I had a larger family I would definitely be looking for those. Your ice cream sounds great, too! Have fun!

Mamahut said...

Your so funny Suzanne. I wouldn't have taken you for a twitcher. My obsession is teapots and big ole crocks. I haven't had a new one in a few years and I think I'm in withdraws.

Sandra said...

I also have a cuisineart but have not had great luck with the ice cream, do you use the recipes that came with it?
do you use half and half or milk or what Ireally could use your help mine never seems creamy.
thanks sandra

Suzanne said...

Sandra - If you use milk all you'll get is ice milk, very watery and icy. You can't use half and half either...to make ice cream you must use heavy cream - whipping cream. The final result is very rich and creamy.

As far as the sorbets, any recipe you find online will work well.

Good luck!!

- Suzanne