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Ice Cream: my first attempt

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Each Friday in my office, someone brings in snacks, aka Fat Friday.  Its a nice way to end off the week.  Last week my colleague did a bbq and I volunteered to make ice cream. HAVING NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE!  The ice cream was my first attempt with the ice cream maker attachment I received for Christmas to fit on my KitchenAid mixer.  I wanted something light and simple, so I thought of lemons, because it is one of my favourite flavours of gelato. I found the recipe at Use Real Butter after a simple google search.  I also added in some blackberries for more flavour (though in the end, it really did not need it, but I would them as a topping next time instead).

This was really easy! And a hit with everyone!

What I was not sure of going in what the yield would be, but the recipe filled a rectangle large Ziploc container about 3/4 of the way.  A nice amount that would be perfect for a dinner party or a family dinner.  I am eager to try out more recipes and create some of my own this summer.

**I used skim milk as the recipe did not specify, and made sure the attachment was in the freezer 15 hours before using.


Tuscany Part 2 : Gelato

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I love gelato.  I also love ice cream but the intensity of the flavours  just seem to come out better in gelato.  I am fortunate to live near 3 different gelateria here in Toronto (Hollywood Gelato -Fav!, Il Gelatiere and the Mad Italian).  So it goes without saying that I am going to eat gelato any chance I get!

WineGuyTo at our first gelato spot.

Our first day in Italy, we went into the village and you can see from the picture above what happened 🙂  I found ordering gelato was a great way to practice my beginner Italian, and this place was kind enough to help with pronunciation.  The gelato above was creamy and really flavourful.  I enjoyed trying flavours I wasn’t used to, like stracciatella.  I really fell in love with black cherry with ribbons of a creamy vanilla throughout, making it my default flavour for the rest of the trip.  Our time in Italy was so hot, that gelato became almost a must daily just to provide some cool refreshment.

In San Gimignano there is the Gelateria di Piazza,  the World Champion Gelateria five years running (2005-2009).  We ate here the most and it really lived up to that award.  I had limoncello, pear and a trademarked (!) Champelmo (pink grapefruit with sparkling wine).  There were really too many flavours to choose from, so of course we made sure to come back often to keep trying different ones.


Gelataria di Piazza-World Champs!

First night indulgences.














We found that the further from Florence, the better the prices.  We did end up getting some gelato at the end of our day in Florence, at the end of the Ponte Vecchio, but it was more money for much less than in Chianti or San Gimmy.

I know there is a debate in Toronto where the best gelato is, but having eaten almost every day for 10 days, hands down its Hollywood Gelato.

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