Well I had to post today because it is my dad’s birthday and although he hates gifts, he loves a good meal. My job every year is to give him the gift of grub. Last year I conquered the art of an amateur ice cream cake. The only mistake was the frosting, but I will talk about that in a later post about birthdays I am sure. This year I decided to grill some fresh italian sausages and other meats and fish from the famous Westside Market in Cleveland. Of course we arrived on a busy Saturday morning where Food network was filming “No Reservations.” We were able to buy fresh veggies, halibut, kielbasa, italian brats, sweet potato gnocchi, and so many other things I have yet to cook. In honor of dad I will show you all of the great peanut butter chocolate creations I made and then the “healthy” goods like beet chips and cucumber salad later in the week.
I have made four different homemade ice cream in the four days I have been in Ohio because I want to make the most of the fact that I have access to an ice cream maker! Photos from left to right top to bottom (no picture of #2 as it was not a winner)
- 1. peanut Butter Ice Cream with Oreos
- 2. Vanilla Ice Cream with Reeses and Heath Bits (epic fail as I tried to use 1% milk and I did not allow the base to sit in the fridge)
- 3. Vanilla Bean Custard (meaning you have to cook egg yolks) with butterfingers and a whipped chocolate peanut butter swirl
- 4. Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Reeses and a swirl of whipped chocolate peanut butter.
I simply followed the recipes that came with the ice cream maker. They really do have to be followed to a tee like a good baked treat. Now I am sure they are online, so I just put a collage together of the three bases I made. Then I simply mixed in all the add ins before freezing to harden. Now I know most people are not about to make homemade ice cream as the ice cream makers are not a common kitchen gadget, but we sure get our monies worth in the Klinger household, and the ice cream is always a special treat at gatherings.
Oh My! I almost forgot to post about the last treat I made for dad with the leftover peanut butter since I usually only like all natural. Simple yet delicious peanut butter blossoms! I made the classic blossoms baking for 7 minuted in a 375 degree oven. I also decided to roll a few in the leftover Heath bar bits I had instead of sugar. I should have done it to all of them as I think they were the winners.
- 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolates
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Additional granulated sugar
I am not listing the instructions as it is such a simple recipe that can either be figured out by your own brain or Googles search.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD