Food: You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream

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My goodness it’s been unbelievably hot here—in the 90s this entire week. Whimper. It’s not even May yet. Let’s save a little for summer, shall we?

Now that the sun is out and summer is looming it’s time to pull out the good ol’ ice cream machine. This little Cuisinart ice cream maker is the one I have and I love it like it’s my child. It runs for about $60 these days and this year it comes in an exclusive cherry red—I really like the cherry red, it looks passionate and pretty.

Ya know, I really, REALLY love ice cream; however, ice cream REALLY does not love me. I repel lactose. I don’t want to, but I just do. It’s sad that we have such a one-sided relationship. I’m still in denial.

Last year when the boys (my two teenage nephews) were home with me for spring break we made a lot of ice cream. Actually, let me rephrase—”we” made ice cream once and then they made ice cream nearly every day after that. I must admit that they got pretty darn good at it. They made dark cherry, mint chocolate chip, Mexican hot chocolate, Vietnamese coffee and heath bar crunch, and even lavender vanilla (modeled after some surprisingly terrific gelato we found on 4th Street in Berkeley). Here was their secret:

perfect scoop

The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz can turn any nincompoop into a master ice cream maker. Hey, if the teenagers could do it, than anyone can do it. In less than an hour you can have sinfully creamy homemade ice cream or sorbets that are guaranteed to best Ben & Jerry’s.

It’s not just the technique that Lebovitz lays down so well, it’s also the vast variety of recipes—the brilliant flavors—that make this book indispensable. Whatever your whim you’ll find it in this book.

Now, if you’re lactose intolerant as I am then you’ll be happy to know that the sorbets are just as splendid as the ice creams. Choose whatever fruit is in season (fresh peaches are especially delicious) for a quick, delicious treat and you won’t be sorry. Not only will you save some major bucks, but you’ll be dishing up the best taste as well.

So if you don’t already own one, invest a little on this baby and make some fun for the whole family this summer.

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