Monday, June 25, 2012

Ice Cream Pie

Ice Cream Pie

Mint Ice Cream Pie

A Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pie

Summer is fast approaching and as the temperature rises, we are all searching for ways to cool down. While there’s always the swimming pool, fans, and freeze pops, a Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pie is a simple and sinful way to bring the inner thermostat down. It makes a wonderful addition to any table whether it’s family night, a child’s birthday party, or a barbecue. The best part about a Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pie is that anyone can alter the recipe to their personal tastes. The possibilities are endless for this divine, sweet treat.

 

 

 

Ice-Cream Flavors

A good place to begin is to choose the flavor or flavors of ice cream for the pie. Once again, this can be one flavor and you can keep it simple or you can layer all those favorites. Imagine a Mudslide with chocolate and coffee ice cream or go with the classic combination of peanutbutter and chocolate. A peanut butter and jelly pie might have strawberry or raspberry ice cream with peanutbutter ice cream as well as peanut butter sauce. Try a layer of mint with a layer of chocolate. It is completely up to you or possibly the guest of honor.

 

 

Crust

Next, it’s time for the crust. You can go the easy way and buy ready-made chocolate crust or graham cracker crust.

 

 

Ice Cream

Set your ice cream out for at least five minutes before to make it soft enough to work with. Now it’s time to layer on the ice cream. You can get really creative by blending in toppings as well. A layer of hot fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, butterscotch, or marshmallow can be spread on top of the first layer of ice cream. Sprinkles, nuts, or crushed cookies could be next followed by more ice cream. Repeat the process with more toppings.

 

Think about drizzling the top with a combination. A turtle ice cream pie would have chocolate and caramel drizzled over the top.

 

 

 

Whip Cream

Whip cream is the next in line and once again, you can keep this simple by buying whipped cream or you can do a simple, recipe at home in which you use your heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar to taste. Beat your ingredients and your done. Add that layer of whipped cream on top and freeze for one approach or wait until later and add your whipped cream last when ready to serve in order to have a fluffy dream on top. You can always make it a hot fudge sundae ice cream pie, use all of the typical ingredients, and add your cherry last. This treat is cool and refreshing, but most of all it’s really fun.

 

 

 

Quick and easy is ideal as well when you don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen during a heat wave. If you’re having a large gathering, consider making several Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pies with different flavors.

 

 

 

It’s also loads of fun at a children’s birthday party to let them help build the pies.

 

 

Once all of the ingredients have been added, place them in the freezer until they set and they are ready to serve.

 

 

Pastry

If you really want to make your own crust, all you need is

1 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers

1/3 cup of melted butter

1/4  cup of sugar

 

Combine the graham crackers and sugar first then add the butter.

Press the ingredients into the bottom of a pie pan that has not been greased. A 9″ pan is ideal.

It should then be chilled in the refrigerator for a half hour or can be baked in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes until slight browning has occurred.

 

 

 

Let it cool well before adding the ice cream. If you want it to be a chocolate crust, use the chocolate graham crackers. You can also made it extra sweet with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.

 

 

Free Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Cards 

 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Keep Cool in the Summer with Healthy Sweets

Now that summer is just about here, you’re probably ready to ditch the hot chocolate for treats and snacks that will actually keep you cool. In addition to cooling you down, the best summer treats are also good for you. Finding healthy summer snacks is easier than you might think. You just need to prioritize fresh fruits, ice and other key components. By throwing in some sweet popcorn and other special treats from time to time, you’ll never have to go without a light, satisfying snack.

 

 

Yogurt: A Nutritious, Refreshing Treat

Regular yogurt is delicious just about any time. For the summer, try it frozen. You can buy regular yogurt and freeze it yourself, or you can buy frozen yogurt at the store. In either case, you’ll love the fresh taste. Many different flavors are available, so you can satisfy that sweet tooth without consuming too many calories. A note of warning: Not all yogurts are created equal. If you’re not careful, you could inadvertently buy yogurt that has too much fat or that contains too much sugar. Furthermore, the yogurt that you buy should have live cultures. It’s the easiest way to tell if it is healthy yogurt or fattening yogurt.

 

 

Fruit Bars: A Great Way to Cool Down

With a little fresh fruit, some water, a blender and a popsicle mold, you can create delicious frozen fruit bars at home. They are available at the store, but homemade bars are healthier because they contain less sugar. Nothing is as refreshing as an icy-cold frozen fruit bar on a hot summer day. The best part is that you can use whatever fruit you would like. You don’t have to restrict yourself to whatever is available at the store. You can even mix different types of fruit together to come up with unique flavors and combinations. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s absolutely tasty.

 

 

Fruit Smoothies: Icy-Cold Goodness

With an immersion blender or a regular blender, you can whip up yummy smoothies that are packed full of nutrients. Put your favorite fruits, some ice, some juice and some yogurt into a blender and blend away. You can experiment with additional ingredients like honey too. There are hundreds of recipes online, and there’s no reason not to try to create your own smoothie concoctions too. Another great idea is to mix different flavors of yogurt in with the other ingredients. The whole family will love sipping on freshly made smoothies, and you’ll love how easy they are to make.

 

 

Popcorn: Nutritious and Tasty

Popcorn is a perennial favorite, and it’s easy to see why that is. It’s the perfect snack, but you should stick with popping it on the stove if you’d like it to be as healthy as possible. Plain, lightly salted popcorn is nice, but there are plenty of ways to spice up popcorn too. Kettle corn or sweet popcorn are always huge hits. Bring some along on a picnic, or make a huge batch and keep it handy for hungry kids. This summer, you can satisfy those cravings, get cool and avoid excessive calories. You just need to choose healthy sweets. Before reaching for that bag of potato chips, keep the preceding tips in mind.

 

 

Mercedes Potter is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. She is ademant in regards to good health and has numerous ideas on healthy snacks. Follow her @CedesPotter.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

How To Match Food and Wine

 

How To Match Food with Wine

 

A good bottle of wine is enjoyable in itself, but match it with the proper food pairing and it transforms into an unforgettable dining experience. Choosing wine can feel like a daunting task so follow these simple guidelines to properly pair food with your next bottle of wine.

Matching Food With Wine

Matching Food With Wine

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Match the color of the meat with the color of the wine
This is a basic rule of thumb with plenty of exceptions but for someone new to the world of wine, this is a great guideline to help you choose the correct wine for the food you are eating.

   
Match the flavor strength
The stronger and richer the food is, the stronger and richer the wine should be. If the wine is too mild it will be over powered by the food. For example if you are eating a steak with a heavy sauce, a bold wine like a Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon would stand up well to the dish. On the other hand, if you are eating a salad or light seafood dish, a Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc would pair well.

   
Dessert Wine
A dessert wine is usually a sweet wine with a high alcohol concentration. It pairs well with fresh fruit or other light desserts like bakery sweets. Desserts that have a slight bitterness to them also pair well with the sweetness of a dessert wine as well. But keep in mind dessert wine pairs less well with heavier, chocolate or toffee based dishes.

   

 

 

Wine and Food

Wine and Food

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Pick something you like
When in doubt about what wine to choose, just pick one that you like.

   
Do your research
There is plenty to read about wine online. You can easily read up on the different types of wine, what they taste like, and the different wine producing regions. Within each bottle of wine are the unique flavors of the vineyard and the region it came from. Wine tastings can be a great way to sample the different flavors from around the world. Use wine tastings to discover a few wines that you like. Better yet, discover a couple of regions whose wine you enjoy. This way no matter how extensive or limited the wine selection is you will always have a good idea of what you can expect from a wine from a specific region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it, a simple guide to choosing wine. The bottom line is to let your taste preferences rule and simply use these tips as guidelines.

 

 

 

 

The article was written by ezCater.com. Visit ezCater.com to read reviews, view menus, and order Boston catering online.

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