Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What's Been Cookin'? Mint Ice Cream Sundaes

Yeah, I've been a bit neglectful of this blog - so sorry. But, I have been making somewhat regular posts over at SoloTravelGirl.com.

Okay, since that's out of the way, onto to tastier things, what I've been cooking in the kitchen. This past weekend it was mint M&M ice cream sundaes. I had last Friday off and was flipping around the TV when I saw "Down Home with the Neelys"and they were cooking up some good eats. Their recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream had me at "mint chocolate chip ice cream" so I decided to make a batch. Here's a link to their recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream and here's how I tweaked it:
  • One 14oz can sweetened condensed milk , chilled
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1 cup mini M&Ms candies (I had a BOGO coupon for M&Ms, used one bag for my office trail mix snack and don’t think it was a good substitute to mini chocolate morsels)
  • Mix the milk, cream, peppermint extract and green food coloring together in a large bowl and refrigerate until cold;
  • Pour cream mixture into ice cream machine and turn it on;
  • Churn until the mixture looks slushy like soft serve, about 12 to 15 minutes;
  • Stir in the mini M&Ms candies (In theory, you wait this long to pour in the chips otherwise they will sink to the bottom because they are heavier than the mixture. The M&Ms sunk even after the mixture was slushy.);
  • Transfer the ice cream to another container and put plastic wrap on top of the ice cream;
  • Cover the container tightly with a lid;
  • Freeze for several hours until firm enough to scoop.
I served it atop fresh baked brownies, hot fudge (dropped hot fudge underneath the brownies) and whipped cream. Although the ice cream froze overnight it was still soft and melted rapidly, but maybe the hot fudge had something to do with it. I also discovered M&Ms may not melt in your hand but they will bleed in an ice cream mixture which caused the green ice cream to turn an olive green. The ice cream was very minty and if I make it again I'll reduce the amount of mint. Overall, it was delish!

Image at Top: The Neelys (Center) with Guy Fieri (Left) and Paula Deen (Right) at the Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Feb. 2009

Image at Bottom: Mint Ice Cream Sundae

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Meeting the American Dream - Dusty Rhodes in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Here's a secret: I grew up watching professional wrestling. Yup, there, I said it. So when I heard the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, was rolling into Punta Gorda last week, I had to go.

The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center seems to be the ideal venue for professional wrestling, this is the second time I've attended a Florida Championship Wrestling match at the fairly new venue (grand opening was January 2009; first match I attended was in Dec. 2009 where Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat made an appearance) and others have been held there, too.

The night card for Friday night (July 30) included eight events. Can't call them all matches because when the FCW Divas came out, they held a limbo competition. At first, thought it was pretty lame but it was actually pretty clever planning on the organizer's part - it was a way to have the Divas perform without wrestling, for whatever reason.

The night included some tag team matches and one-on-one events. Was disappointed there wasn't a battle royal at the end but the evening was exciting enough. I can tell you who won but I'd spoil the fun for those not in attendance and waiting to view it on Bright House Network on Sunday night at 6 p.m.

And for those who don't know, FCW is considered the minor league for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). When Dusty Rhodes came out after the first (or second) match with FCW Diva Aksana on his arm, he received a standing ovation. In some ways, it seemed as though it was a changing of the guards. Rhodes told the audience many of the performers wrestling that night will someday join the WWE circuit.

KIX Country 92.9 had a guest announcer at the match for one match and I swear they announced him as Trooper Roy but I can't find anyone on the station D.J. with this name. But who knows, maybe he's not a D.J. Would make sense to have Bob Alexander announce a match, since he has been inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. But who knows, maybe he WAS the guest announcer and I heard and wrote the wrong name down. Anyway...

So, I stood in line almost 90 minutes to meet Dusty Rhodes, shake his hand and have him autograph a postcard. Nice guy. Fun evening. More images can be found on my Flickr account.