February 21, 2013

chocolate sorbet & why ice cream is not for sharing

When my husband and I began dating, I'd often bring treats over to his house for him & his son to enjoy.  One day I brought over a half gallon of ice cream.  A day or two later, I opened his freezer to dig into the ice cream...and it was gone.  Like, gone.  And thus began our first fight.  My argument: "I bought the ice cream.  Yes, it's for sharing, but you should leave a little for the person who bought it."  His defense: "It's ice cream.  If it's there, I'm eating it." 

From then on, anytime I want to be sure there's ice cream at my disposal I have to buy his (chocolate chip mint) and hers (chocolate peanut butter) varieties.  To each his/her own, and we're both happy. 

The thing is, no one simply likes ice cream. If you like it, you LOVE it.  Raise your hand if you've conquered an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's in one sitting.  [raises hand]  And really, ice cream is not for sharing.  No, you can't have a bite.  Get your own bowl (or pint). 

Nashville has some fantastic locally made frozen treats.  I've been known to stop (frequently) at the likes of Porta Via, Pied Piper, Bobbie's Dairy Dip, Bravo Gelato, Legato Gelato, Glazee, and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (more about this later).  And that's just the short list.  With that, I've never been too tempted to make my own ice cream.  However, being the romantic guy he is, my husband asked Santa to bring me the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid Mixer this year.  Santa also brought a supply of my favorite baking ingredient - Valrhona cocoa powder - so I was eager to try my hand at a chocolate sorbet. 

I used David Lebovitz's recipe as published in Epicurious, and I was so happy with the result.  It's dairy-free, but creamy enough to be convincing.  The deep chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder (I can't suggest frequently enough to use the good stuff) was incredibly decadent.  This is going into our rotation, for sure. 

my first foray into ice cream making - a delicious chocolate sorbet

Back to Jeni's.  I simply have to share that I had the honor of sitting next to her at a recent Nashville dinner.  Like, the Jeni.  The ice cream Jeni.  She is delightful and as sweet as her ice cream.  My pals at Riffs Fine Street Food hosted a popup, and while every single course was memorable, I'm giving the prize to dessert.  It featured a complex variety of flavors, including sesame seed, tamarind, passion fruit - and, of course - Jeni's ice cream.  This was a special one-off flavor, sultana, which is ultimately the booziest, most delicious rum raisin ice cream in the world.  Know how it's not cool to wear the band's t-shirt to the concert?  It's also not cool to all but lick your plate beside the gal who made the ice cream. 

i will dream about this dessert.
And even though my good buddy B.J. told me with no pretense that he absolutely, 100% does not share ice cream - ever - he was kind enough to send a few scoops of Jeni's sultana my way after the dinner.  And to bring it full circle, I didn't share a single bite of it with my husband.  Heh. 

So what about you? What foods are off limits for sharing?