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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ice Cream and Other Cool Things

Everyone's favorite summer treat is undoubtedly ice cream. Ice cream has a long history that stretches back to first century (AD) Rome when the emperor, Nero, sent runners into the mountains to find ice to chill his fruit flavored treats.

Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, as well as first lady Dolley Madison, served up ice cream long before the days of refrigerators and freezers.

We are lucky nowadays to have supermarkets and ice cream stores! But, if you want to try to make your own, The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, and More by Bruce Weinstein [641.862 WEI] will tell you how. If you want a fun project to do with your kids, there's an activity in the back of Andy Murphy's book, Out and About at the Dairy Farm [JP MUR], called "Udderly Easy Ice Cream." It involves using zip-lock bags and ice cubes, and since it only makes a small batch, you don't have to be concerned about waste.

For other treats, look for Cool Desserts by Jane Suthering [641.86 SUT]. You'll find recipes for rose petal and strawberry ice cream as well as tangerine, and pistachio flavors. The iced coconut mousse looks heavenly!

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