Peach & Toasted Almond Ice Cream

Here’s the second recipe I made with the amazing Georgia peaches Miss K left me!  This has been my most successful ice cream recipe to date.

I’m struggling with how best to store ice cream in the freezer.  Plastic?  Glass?  Specialized containers?  Anybody have any suggestions?

I’m also struggling to get my ice cream super creamy.  Thankfully, I found this article from David Lebovitz with some tips.  Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream Softer.

This recipe is from a  Table for Two blog, no substitutions were made.

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Peach & Toasted Almond Ice Cream 

Click on the title for recipe.

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cartoon-strawberry-9Gosh this ice cream is wonderful, it’s a perfect taste of summer.  Make this before peaches are out of season!

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions & Balsamic Reduction

I like to cook, a lot.  But I don’t know if there’s ever been a time when all four burners on my stove were turned on at the same time.  It finally happened last night.  And since I was trying to keep everything straight and make sure the timing came out, I only took 2 pictures.  I need an extra set of hands or a full time professional photographer.

This recipe is from Cooking Light, July 2011.

Substitutions made, noted below.

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions & Balsamic Reduction

with Grilled Peaches and Wild Rice Salad

1 tblsp oilve oil
1 tblsp minced shallots
1 garlic clove, minced
1 c balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary – I used dried
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 12 slices
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat oil in a small saucepan over med-high heat.  Add shallots and garlic; saute 2  minutes.  Add vinegar and next 3 ingredients; cook until reduced to 1/2 c.

Heat a large skillet over med-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.  Place pork in pan; cook 2 minutes on each side.  Add balsamic reduction; cook 1 minute, turning pork to coat.

For the Grilled Peaches:
Heat a grill pan over med-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 4 peach halves to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side. Cut each half into 3 wedges.

For the Wild Rice Salad:
Cook 1 cup fast-cooking white and wild rice per directions, omitting seasoning. (I did not use the fast cook rice, just regular white/wild rice mix.) Stir in 1/4 c chopped green onions, 2 tblsp chopped dried cherries (I used dried cranberries.) and 2 tblsp chopped pecans.

 

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cartoon-strawberry-9There’s a lot of flavor going on with these items, but it all blends together really well.  This dinner also serves beautifully, it’d be great for a small dinner party (everything is set to serve 4).  I’m a fan of balsamic, add in some garlic and I’m over the moon.  This is a new favorite in our house.

Nutty White Chocolate & Peach Oatmeal Cookies

Every once in awhile, you just need to stop everything and make some cookies.

This recipe is from Food Network Magazine, May 2011.

Substitutions made, noted below.

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Nutty White Chocolate & Peach Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c packed light brown sugar
1/4 c packed dark brown sugar – I used all light brown sugar
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c dried peaches – I used dried apricots
1/2 c chopped walnuts – I used pecans
1/2 c white chocolate chips

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.  In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and mix on low speed until incorporated.  Slowly add the flour mixture, oats, dried peaches, walnuts and white chocolate chips and mix until combined.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  With wet hands, make 20 balls from the dough and put on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Press down on the dough balls with the palm of your hand to make flat circles.

Bake the cookies until golden and still a bit tender in the center, 15 to 17 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheets for 1 minute, then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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cartoon-strawberry-9I really love this take on an oatmeal cookie.  Sweet and chewy apricots.  Crunchy oats and pecans.  All around good cookie.