Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone Outdoors

Oct 2, 2016

Pumpkin Ice Cream, Jeni Style

Pumpkin Ice Cream.  It’s one of my favorite fall treats.  Usually I head to Baskin Robbins, but this year I decided to make my own.   I love the idea of controlling the ingredients in homemade ice cream.  Organic cream, real pumpkin, NO carrageenan.  And how many desserts have a full day’s supply of vitamin A?  

Irish Coffee Creme Brulee Served

Mar 16, 2016

Irish Coffee Creme Brulee

You can tell an obsessed blogger by the repetitive posts.  Yes, today I’m making an Irish Coffee Crème Brulee for St Patrick’s Day–right after my basic vanilla creme brulee.  Would it help if I told you I feel guilty about double desserts?  Fish or vegetables next time, cross my heart!   But this dessert is a testament to just how easy … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2015

Christmas Drinking Custard

I’ve been watching the photographs for years.  Thick liquid custard, dressed up and poured into a mug.  Can you look and not be tempted?  This special drink is known by many names: boiled custard, drinking custard, crème anglaise–and bears a strong resemblance to egg nog.  But in lieu of eggnog’s nutmeg and cinnamon, you get a heady dose of fragrant … Continue reading

Draining buttermilk from homemade butter

Oct 26, 2014

Making Homemade Butter

I have been making homemade butter for over a decade.  It’s always interesting to see the variety of internet information on the subject, but let me tell you a secret. Instructions like, “Pour cream into a jar and shake until it turns into butter” are not a serious take on butter making–unless you are talking a fifth grade history lesson. … Continue reading

Pot de creme, served

Feb 4, 2014

One Pot, Chocolate Pot de Crème–4 Ingredients!

I feel like a schizophrenic blogger.  Healthy theme, recent Facebook post on endocrine disruptors, then  a seriously decadent Valentine’s Day dessert–a chocolate pot de crème.  Lots of cream, chocolate and egg yolks–would it seem any better if I told you I used organic ingredients? Also in its favor, is the small serving size. This year I bought shot glasses for … Continue reading

Marinated homemade feta cheese

Dec 14, 2013

Extra Milk? Make Homemade Feta Cheese

Last week I made homemade feta cheese.  It arose out of a pre-Thanksgiving decision to buy extra milk.  With a couple kids home from college and Grandma visiting, I figured we’d go through a couple gallons more. Wrong.  We were even full up on milk jam (a caramel syrup made from milk and sugar), which is my kids’ first choice … Continue reading

Homemade Salted Caramels

Dec 12, 2013

Salted Caramels Don’t Have to Come from the Sweet Shop

Who doesn’t like a taste of something sweet, especially during the holidays?  Salted caramels anyone?  Besides longing for sweet treats, I had another motivation.  Every year of age seems to add to the challenge of maintaining a healthy weight, and I have found that a small taste of something sweet–like a chocolate truffle or a small salted caramel, can help … Continue reading

Homemade toffee in a bowl

Dec 9, 2013

Homemade Toffee: Candy 101

Homemade toffee is a great introduction to candy-making.  I’ve been making it for years using an old recipe that was passed around the neighborhood when I was a kid.  I think every teenage girl on the block made it at least once.  How’s that for doable? If you’d like to try making candy, you shouldn’t be intimidated.  The basic process … Continue reading

Mint Ice Cream

Jul 24, 2012

Easiest Ice Cream — No Cook, No Churn!

I didn’t even know that it was possible to make homemade ice cream without churning–at least not easy, fluffy ice cream.  Quite a confession for someone living in America’s Dairyland!  But with the record heat we have been experiencing, I was looking for fun and tasty alternatives to baking and fired up my browser instead of my oven! After a … Continue reading