Don’t you hate it when you miss an event? A birthday, for instance…or National Ice Cream Day. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. It’s a fit. We Americans are an ice cream-lovin’ nation.
On my calendar page, National Ice Cream Day showed up as a happening of today. No matter. If your calendars marked the right day, maybe you celebrated it yesterday but you didn’t get enough of the creamy concoction. I, not president of anything at the moment, nevertheless proclaim today, July 19th, National Ice Cream Day, Part Two. So…
let’s talk ice cream. Organic ice cream. Homemade ice cream. Ice cream memories.
When I was a kid, Kay, neighbor and buddy, gently roped her Mom into taking the two of us to DQ a couple nights a week. Oh man, did I look forward to climbing into the back seat of their car (no A/C, by the way) for the trip to the ice cream store! All three of us licked our cones (mine was chocolate, my favorite at the time) on the ride home, fast licking, as you might imagine, on those warm summer nights. Great memories…but doesn’t ice cream evoke a fond memory in just about all of us?
The nice thing about ice cream is that you don’t have to be married to just one fave flave. My tastebuds beg for more than my childhood favorite. Maybe yours do, too. Wouldn’t it be a dull world if we turned our backs on all the great innovations out there in the world of ice cream? This month, National Ice Cream Month, pick a new flavor every day. If you think you know all about flavors, prepare your tastebuds to be re-educated—and re-energized—when you check out this ice cream innovator!
We didn’t have organic ice cream where I lived as a kid. It’s there, and everywhere, now, though. And, I’m happy to add, buying it from the dairy case at your organic food store isn’t the only way you can enjoy organic ice cream. Make it yourself!
In the photo above, meet daughter Heather’s latest creation, Coffee Brownie ice cream. Lucky me! She loves to try new angles, invent new flavors. She used Organic Valley’s heavy cream in the base, cooled it briefly in the freezer, then ‘churned’ it in her ice cream maker. When it thickened, she added fresh, cut-up, chocolate brownies, whisked the mixture into a quart-sized container, and popped it back into the refrigerator freezer. It’s absolutely dee-lish! It’s creamy, satisfying, comforting, cooling.
For those of us with dairy allergies, there’s a dairy-free frozen dessert alternative called sorbet. It, too, is sweet, cool, and satisfies a craving for a frozen treat. A couple weeks ago, Heather made Coconut Chocolate sorbet. In place of the heavy cream she uses in ice cream, she used organic coconut milk in place of the heavy cream. Truth is, the texture is a little different than creamy ice cream. Other than that, it delights.
Whoever gets to pick “National-This-or-That Month” got it right for July. July is smack dab in the middle of summer. Whether or not it’s hot where you are right now, buy yourself a pint or quart of organic ice cream. Or get the family together, and make your own. Then gather round the picnic table in the back yard after dark under a starry sky, swap ice cream tales, and make a brand new ice cream memory.
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