Saturday, June 19, 2010

Homemade Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream – Yum!

Earlier this month I picked blueberries in Fort Ogden, about 20 minutes from my Port Charlotte, Fla., apartment. I ended up gathering 2.5 pounds of the sweet berries of goodness but what to do with them? I usually make blueberry jam and I still may do so but thanks to the power of the Internet, I found a wonderful recipe for blueberry cheesecake ice cream!

A friend gave me her ice cream maker and although I have no business eating ice cream, if I make it, it should be "healthier" for me, right?

I found a Cooking Light recipe on MyRecipes.com and reduced it to fit the countertop ice cream maker. Unfortunately, I didn't research how a Krups ice cream maker works and the drum needs to be frozen for days, much longer than the 20 hours I had it in. Needless to say, the ice cream mixture didn't freeze in the maker but in the freezer.
Still, it was delish! And no, I didn't eat it all myself, I shared. Here's my modified recipe. (Again, here's a link to the original recipe.) Enjoy!

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe – One Quart
1 Cup Sugar
4 Ounces Cream Cheese
2 Egg Yolks
1 ½ Cup 2% Milk
½ Cup Half-and-Half
2 Cups Blueberries
2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Water

Combine sugar, cream cheese and egg yolks in a bowl and beat with a mixer on high until smooth.

Combine milk and half-and-half in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
Add half of the hot milk mixture to cheese mixture stirring with a whisk 'til creamy.
Return it all to the milk mixture on the stove, cover and cook over medium-low heat 5 minutes (or 'til thermometer registers 160 degrees) and stir constantly.
Place pan in an ice-water bath.
Cool completely and stir occasionally (It'll cool pretty quick).

Combine blueberries, powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to boil.
Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring frequently. (Mine took much longer than 10 minutes).
Remove from heat, and cool completely. (I used a the ice-water bath.)

Stir blueberry mixture into milk mixture.
Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze for 1 hour or until firm...if you can wait that long. You have my permission to eat out of the ice cream drum.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Chick-fil-A's New Spicy Chicken Sandwich Sizzles with Heat

Last week, thousands of Chick-fil-A fans had a VIP tasting of the fast food restaurant's New Spicy Chicken Sandwich for free! It was pretty slick how Chick-fil-A requested advance reservations for a specific time period at a specific restaurant.

Upon arrival, my order was taken at a designated VIP line. I turned in my invitation (which was emailed after I secured my reservation online) and my name was checked off the list. As a bonus, fries and a beverage were included along with the New Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Sweet! Free dinner for the single gal.

The dining area had a red carpet, tables draped with red coverings, fresh flowers and table tents indicating "VIP Seating."

I ordered my new sandwich with the pepper jack cheese, lettuce and tomato.

The verdict? Oh, it's delish and hot with spelled with capital H-O-T! It's a thick, juicy piece of chicken full of zesty heat. I'm a fan of spicy hot food but think this may be too much heat for the faint at heart.

Chick-fil-A's New Spicy Chicken Sandwich is now available to everyone. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

'Quirky Girl' the Song to be Released June 15, 2010, by Lady & the BASS


Had no idea in 2005 when I started this "Quirky-Kitsch Girl" blog I was at the beginning of the "Quirky Girl Movement." Apparently, "Quirky Girls" are women who aren't actively seeking Prince Charming (although it'd be nice if he knocked on the door or if Mr. Right Now turned up), at ease being alone (which is why I say 'I'm traveling alone, not lonely'), achieving new goals, and fearless.

Apparently, I'm the definition of a "Quirky Girl" and an Italy-based musical group, Lady & the BASS, has composed a song to accompany the "Quirky Girl Movement."

Have I just been validated? Or a fad of pop culture? The song "Quirky Girl" is being released June 15 by Groove N Moove Records and will be available through various digital music stores, such as iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Napster. Give a listen here, it's quite groovy.

Image Source: Lady & the BASS

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