Easy Homemade Cookie Ice Cream (Without an ice cream maker!)  

See the end of the post for my notes.

Easy Homemade Cookie Ice Cream
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Show:  Paula's Home Cooking
Episode:  Ice Cream
Easy Homemade Cookie Ice Cream
3 egg yolks*
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely crushed
2 cups heavy cream, whipped
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and stir in the condensed milk and vanilla. Fold in the crushed cookies and whipped cream. Pour mixture into a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan lined with foil. Cover and freeze for 6 hours or until firm.
To serve, scoop ice cream from pan or cut into slices. *RAW EGG WARNING
Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.

My notes -
The blog I got this recipe from said to whip 1 cup of cream into 2 cups, which I did. I see the original recipe actually says 2 cups heavy cream, whipped, so I actually used half the amount. Next time I'll try with the full amount. (I believe I learned in Foods class that since "whipped" follows the comma, you start with 2 cups liquid then whip it. If it said "2 cups whipped heavy cream", then it would be 2 cups is the amount after whipping, so you would start with 1cup.) I also freeze the bowl and beater before whipping. Use cream that is not ultra-pasteurized if possible because it whips better. (I couldn't find any regular, so I had to use the U-P and it worked OK.)

The first time I made it, I used 1 cup frozen strawberries instead of cookies. It was delicious and refreshing! Today I made it again and used 1 cup M&Ms. It's not frozen yet, so I am not sure how it turned out. I did notice that the M&M coating "bled" somewhat and sink to the bottom somewhat. If I make it again with M&Ms, I might wait until the mixture is partially frozen before adding them. (Update - The M&M batch has frozen. The color is a little gross looking because of the bleeding of all the colors. And due to the amount of cream being half of what it should be, this batch is incredibly sweet. As mom would say, "It is so sweet, it will curl your teeth!")

Since it calls for raw egg yolk, I cooked the eggs, milk and vanilla to kill any potential Salmonella bacteria. I confess. I do eat raw cookie dough. Somehow raw eggs in my ice cream is different. Don't ask me how. It just is. :-)


New walking directions feature in Google  

I was checking some driving directions in Google and noticed they have added a beta "Walking" link. I played around with it and it's pretty decent from what I see so far. It will map the shortest distance between two points instead of the fastest car route. It will also estimate the time it will take you to walk it. I did check how long it would take to walk from SC to IA, but it doesn't give the walking directions option for a trip that far. :-) You can play with it yourself here. Not sure what the distance limit for walking directions is, but after playing with it a little, it seems it is about 6 miles.


Nora Pearl Ertl  

I'm a little late with this post. I got some pictures up on facebook earlier, but didn't get them up on the blog.

Nora Pearl Ertl was born on June 28, 2008 at 2:03am
8 lb 6 oz
20 3/4" long

Aayla fell asleep on the way to meet her new sister. Looks like they make good napping buddies!

But she woke up later and enjoyed holding her. In fact, shortly after this picture was taken Daddy tried to take crying Nora and Aayla started crying because she wanted to keep holding her!

I'm going to visit them next week and can't wait!

I'll leave you with a bonus picture of Aayla.


Free Nibblers at Zaxby's  

Zaxby's is giving away free Nibblers on Monday, July 7th from 2:30-4:30pm

Zaxby's restaurants are mostly in the Southeastern US.