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The summer of ice cream

Since Houston is way too hot to do much baking in the summer, I hereby declare this the summer of ice cream.

I kicked off the summer Memorial Day weekend – yeah, I know it’s not officially summer, but in Houston it may as well be – by making Oreo ice cream. It was creamy and delicious and frozen to perfection. Easily the best ice cream I’ve ever made. Since we only got the ice cream maker last summer, this isn’t saying a whole lot. But trust me, it was good!

Oreo ice cream

Yesterday I searched my Pinterest boards for ice cream and found this recipe for Peanut Butter Nutter Bar ice cream. I only modified the recipe slightly; instead of 2 cups of heavy cream and 1 cup of milk, I used 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of half and half, and 1 cup of 2% milk. Still wouldn’t call it healthy, but it’s not *quite* as fatty. This was another winner! I keep accidentally saying Peanut Butter *Nutter Butter* ice cream, and I see a variation using Nutter Butter cookies instead of Nutty Bars in my near future.

Peanut butter Nutty Bar ice cream

Here’s a cool video my husband took of the ice cream in the making:

The Creation of Peanut Butter Nutty Bar Ice Cream

Chicken Bog & Sweet Potato Biscuits

I recently bought Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible, after checking it out at the library. I can’t say I’m working my way through it, as there are quite a few recipes I don’t have any interest in cooking – for example, anything deep fried – but I did make a list (oh how I love lists) and am randomly picking recipes to try.

As you can tell by the title of this post, today I made sweet potato biscuits and chicken bog.

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What is chicken bog, you ask? Basically, it’s rice, sausage, and chicken cooked in a spicy broth. It may not be much to look at, but it was really good! Very subtly spicy and a nice consistency. It sort of reminded me of the filling in the sticky rice you get at dim sum restaurants, but not quite as sticky. Jimmy is a huge fan of all three ingredients and this was a big hit with him.

Apparently sweet potato biscuits are a well-known Southern phenomena, but I had never heard of them. Maybe a Georgia thing? These turned out so light and fluffy, and just a bit sweet. They were delicious, and I will definitely make them again!

Hour 3: Snacks

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I’m all about food, as my waistline can attest to (unfortunately). This week was crazy busy, though, so I didn’t have time to really plan my snacks for the readathon. Thus, I’m playing it by ear. My son and his friend were hungry, so I hit the donut shop (Shipley donuts, yummmmmm) and got some glazed donuts and kolaches. For those of you unfamiliar with kolaches, they’re basically dough stuffed with usually savory fillings and baked. You can find them all over certain parts of Texas, thanks to the Czech influence. These are the most common kind you’ll find at places that don’t specialize in kolaches – link sausage with cheese.

Later, thanks to the idea from Debi, I think I’ll make some Rotel dip for me and the kids.