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Friday, July 18, 2008

ice cream dreams

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Signiture Nine $85.00
You Pick Six $70.00
Each extra pint $7.00

what says summer more than a good scoop of ice cream? 

I've been in love with ice cream for as long as I can remember, which is rather unfortunate for someone who has been lactose-intolerant since birth. I think it must have had something to do with my childhood friend Scoots who appeared to live off the gallons of "Lemon Custard" made by her family's boutique ice cream company. The basement of her house had an enormous industrial freezer that acted like a magic hat for the delicious icy confections. Sadly for us, her father sold the business to become a successful banker... 

We lived in a drought of decent ice cream until the discovery of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Jeni Britton, the Cincinnati-based ice cream aficionado hand crafts ice cream in small batches using only top quality ingredients while lending her own creative touch in flavor development. The result is stunning ice creams that range from traditional to outrageously inventive and tasty. I haven't come across one I dislike yet. They are the perfect WOW ending to a dinner party, a much better corporate gift than a basket of canned "gourmet" items, and a fabulous treat for any time you want to feel special. Here's just a few flavor options and suggestions:
  • Queen City Cayenne: Condensed milk chocolate "Cincinnati style" with cayenne and cinnamon
  • Gravel Road: Our Salty Caramel with coarsely chopped smoked almonds
  • Maker's Mark Buttered Pecan: A big bourbon with toasted, buttered, and salted pecans
  • Wild Berry Lavender: Cream steeped with lavender, orange zest, wild blueberries, and black currants
  • Lemon and Blueberries: Fresh lemons and fresh yogurt with Jeni's handmade Ohio blueberry sauce
  • Strawberry Buttermilk: The flavor of fresh strawberries and cream is highlighted by the addition of buttermilk
  • Goat Cheese with a Red Cherry Compote: Fresh, slightly tart goat cheese with spiced Merello cherries

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