Homemade Banana Pudding Ice Cream – (No Cook)

Banana Pudding Ice Cream

 

Last summer, I went all gaga for Chick-Fil-A’s banana pudding milkshakes.  Oh my goodness!  They were so good.  As far as I know, they haven’t started selling them this summer.  I don’t know if they will or not.

No worries though, I made a “Skinnier” version of the milkshake last year that’s easy to make at home.  And now, we’ve got this ice cream recipe that’s super easy to make too.

I use the simple base recipe of half and half and sweetened condensed milk.  I love not having to cook the ice cream or worry about raw eggs.  This recipe comes together in about 2.5 minutes.  Of course, you do have to wait for it to churn in the ice cream freezer, but the wait is so worth it.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream – (no cooking required)

Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream eatathomecooks

 

I have made a lot of homemade ice cream.  But this one just may be my favorite flavor of all.  It combines my two favorite foods – ice cream and peanut butter – so it’s no wonder that I love it.  My family loved it too.

You’re going to want to try this.  It has just 5 ingredients and is so simple to make.

I really wanted to make peanut butter ice cream that had ribbons of peanut butter in it, like my favorite store bought flavor.  I used the idea for Peanut Butter Magic Shell from Picky Palate and altered it for ice cream.

I didn’t end up with thick ribbons of peanut butter.  It mixed in to the ice cream a bit more than that, but there were still thin ribbons and bits and pieces of peanut butter.  This makes the taste more intense than just having the peanut butter smoothly incorporated with the other ingredients.  I really like the way this method keeps the peanut butter mostly separate from the vanilla ice cream.

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Easy Homemade Mock Fried Ice Cream

When International Delight asked me to create a recipe using their creamer, I first thought of adding it to scones or muffins.

But I couldn’t get ice cream out of my mind.  I love ice cream and I’ve used International Delight to make homemade ice cream several times.

This time, I wanted to make a flavor based on fried ice cream.  I used Cinnabon flavored creamer, along with some crunchy, cinnamon cereal.  Just 4 ingredients total keep the ice cream easy.

And it tastes just like fried ice cream!  This did not last long at our house.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cream, Whipped Cream, Half and Half

I admit the first thing that comes to mind when I think of cream or half & half is ice cream.  Oh, how I love ice cream.  Especially homemade ice cream.

But there are more delectable ways to use cream than just in sweet treats.  Like in creamy pasta dishes.

Please don’t consider the calories.  I’ve officially banned calories from all cream dishes.  Yes, I do have that power.  I just wave my magic wand and *poof* – all calories disappear!  Wonderful, isn’t it?

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use cream, whipped cream or half & half: [Read more…]

Bowtie Pasta with Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers

There are nights when I stare into my pantry, wondering what I’m going to fix.  On this particular night, the contents of the pantry made me consider making Italian Sausage with Bowties but I didn’t have any stewed tomatoes.  I decided to change the recipe up a bit and came up with this.

Like the original, it’s a cinch to make and quick too.  This one gets an added taste boost from the peppers.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken

We love pasta.  Especially if it’s in a creamy sauce.  This dish cooks in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta.  You can’t beat that.

I made it even faster, by using chicken I had grilled, sliced and frozen.  A quick thaw in the microwave and it was ready to use.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Potatoes and Ham ala Julia Child

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s book My Life in France. That led me to order “The French Chef”, her cooking show on PBS, from Netflix.  What fun!

I have to say that I’m surprised how many of the recipes she shares are accessible for the average cook at home.  I’m not sure why it surprised me, because that is who she wrote for.  She aimed to bring French cooking to American kitchens.

This dish is based on one that Julia Child shared on her TV program.  She used smoked sausage in hers, but I substituted cubed ham.  I don’t remember what kind of cheese she used.  I admit that I have some more tweaking and trying to do on this recipe.  The sauce didn’t thicken like I’d hoped.  I’m pretty sure I did it like she said, but something didn’t work.  It may have been that I used milk along with the half & half.  Julia Child said that would work, but I only have 1% milk instead of whole.

However, the taste was wonderful!  I could really taste the potatoes.  You know how sometimes they are just there and you don’t really notice them?  Not so with this dish.  The ham was a nice complement and it was all underscored with Swiss cheese, garlic and onion.

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Ravioli with Red Onion, White Wine, and Asiago

ravioli with red onion, white wine and asiago done

This tasted like something from a good restaurant.  It can be made in the time it takes to boil water and cook the ravioli.

I found the Asiago cheese in the cheese case near the deli.  It was the same price as Parmesan, which can be substituted if you can’t find it.  The label states that Asiago has a “mild and nutty” flavor.

Oh, I’m detecting nuttiness.

Name that movie.

I’m pretty sure Remy and Gusteau would approve of this dish.

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Pepper Patch Pasta with Grilled Chicken

I was zipping through the produce section the other day, tossing things in my basket when I saw a pack of peppers.  Red, yellow and orange.  Not cheap, but they looked so good I couldn’t resist.  They waited in the fridge for a day or two until inspiration hit.

I decided they would be good paired with pasta, tomatoes and a creamy sauce.  I was right.  This dish was a hit with all of us.  It also makes use of the homemade seasoned salt that I posted yesterday. [Read more…]

Creamy Tortellini with Red Bell Peppers and Peas

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I know I’ve declared my love for pasta many times, but let me say it once more – I really love pasta!  I bought the totellini with the intention of re-creating a pasta dish at Fazoli’s.  I’ve never eaten that dish, but the picture in the ad looked good and involved artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.  Yum.  For some reason, I could not find artichoke hearts in Walmart the other day and I forgot to buy sun-dried tomatoes.  I did have red peppers and peas though, so I created this instead.  A very good combination of flavors in a creamy, cheesy dish.

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