Monday, August 4, 2014

Cereal Milk Ice Cream It's Grrrrreat!

As a kid I remember only having sugar coated cereal not only for breakfast, but as a very special treat while watching Gilligan's Island - Wait, did I just age myself? I think my mom always felt that the sugar content of those cereals garnered as much, if not more, than a dessert, so that's how we treated them.  I would let the cereal soak for about 2 minutes and then I would gobble up the flakes while they were still crunchy just so I could get to the best part - that sweetened milk that pooled at the bottom of the bowl. Oh, it was glorious!

Slurping Drinking that wonderful sweet milk was such a treat and still to this day, I can close my eyes and taste it.

When Momofuku Milk Bar of New York City introduced their version of using cereal milk for ice creams and cookies and other yummy dishes, I was blown away by the genius behind the idea. Who doesn't love a bowl of cereal for dessert, or maybe breakfast, if you grew up with it? The problem was that their recipe had quite a few more steps than my patience would allow. So I decided to take my trusty and true, no cook, no egg ice cream recipe and tweak it using cereal. It came out pretty good. After I made it, I thought I would Instagram it to the new #austin360cooks to see if any other cereal milk ideas would pop up. Boy did they ever! Besides people asking for the recipe, I got some great tips from others using cereal milk. @jeffamador has been using cereal milk as a sweetener for his coffee and he also enjoys it in a White Russian where he sometimes adds a bit of amaretto. This got me thinking of all the flavor concoctions that could be made. These days cereal is a low priority in our house as the sugar and preservatives are high on my health radar, but for a special dessert to bring back those memories? Why not! After all, if tvland can bring back the reruns I grew up on than I think it's perfectly acceptable to bring back a favorite taste memory, I'm jus' sayin'!

Simple Cereal Milk Ice Cream

In a bowl Combine the following:

1 1/2 cups of whole milk
3 Cups of heavy cream
3 Cups of cereal (I used Frosted Flakes)
 Soak for 15-20 min.

Strain the cereal over a clean bowl to get only the sweetened cream. I used the back of a wooden spoon to really push all of the liquid through, so very little was left in the soggy cereal. Discard soggy cereal (unless that's your thing, in which case by all means feel free to chow down). At this point taste your liquid, mine tasted sweet enough so I did not add any more sugar or vanilla. It should taste just like the cereal milk you remember but a little thicker as there is so much cream added. That's it, pour it into your ice cream maker and follow its regular directions. I thought I would add a fun crunch by making corn flake candy, but that called for peanut butter and my husband is allergic so I went simple again and just tossed some cereal flakes on top. Perfect. If you try another flavor of cereal, please let me know how it comes out - or if you have a favorite old tv show you want to talk about I'm up for that too!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Little Bites Out Of The Big Apple!

This must be my year to travel. My handsome tequila guy and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on June 17th and instead of taking a single long trip overseas, we decided to take several smaller trips this year. As most of you already know I'm married to the Tequila Tracker.  With that comes some fun perks. One of them is that I get to tag along with him on his tequila adventures.

When I heard he was going to New York City for a very special historical tequila event,  I'm pretty sure I had my bags packed and ready before he booked my ticket.  An interesting group, these tequila aficionados are. They are fun, informative, eclectic, and always warm and friendly. Though I usually tag along only to do my own thing while he stays for the informative parts, we always meet up in the evenings for the dinners.

This particular trip was special in that I got to visit with both local friends and out of town friends, all of which also came for the event.  I reunited with friends that I had met at past events.  I met a number of new people and also got to be part of a little tequila history.  While he spent Saturday at a luncheon tasting tequila, I ventured out to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

There's an old stereotype that everyone in New York City is always in a hurry and that they are rude and won't give you the time of day. I can honestly tell you that my experience was everything but that. Yes, New Yorkers are fast and busy getting to where they need to go. But every time I stopped someone to ask directions or just chat or smile, they reciprocated with a smile and a few kind words. Of course, I did not feel like I had enough time as we were there only for a short weekend, but I'm pretty certain we packed a lot in to those few days. 

Because we did so much, Rather than write my way through the trip, I thought it best to grab some photos and collage them by event, in chronological order. Please excuse the quality of photos as most of them were taken with my phone. There was serious walking, shopping, and eating to be had, so the extra burden of a big camera was not an option.

So many glorious moments happened this weekend in New York and spending it with the love of my life was pretty special for both of us.  With all we packed in, there was still so much we did not get to see or do.  But no worries! We are already talking about coming back for another bite of this apple... I'm Jus' Sayin'!