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I am just like so many busy moms out there. I want to create great meals for me and my family where the food brings us together at the end of a long and hectic day. I want to empower moms to feel like they are able to make Great Everyday Meals by using simple, accessible, and inexpensive ingredients and basic cooking techniques. It’s more about family and less about slaving away in the kitchen cooking. I have been a restaurant industry professional for about 10 years and have a great passion for cooking. I will share tips, recipes and techniques that I have learned to arm everyday cooks with the foundation to simple yet great tasting cooking! Johanna M. Cook

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Recipe: Popsicle & Ice Cream

The weather is FINALLY summer-like and there's nothing more nostalgic than sitting on the porch with the kids eating popsicles. Store-bought popsicles are full of high-fructose corn syrup and added preservatives and ingredients. Making your own helps you control the sugar you give your kids, and you'll immediately taste the difference making it fresh.

Making homemade popsicles can be a fun summer activity with the kids and can also be simple. Once you try making your own popsicles and ice cream from scratch, you will want to make more and more!

White Peaches & Cream Popsicles

2 Ripe White Peaches – cut into cubes with skin on
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sparkling water

Blend all ingredients together and pour in molds. Freeze for about 4 hours.

Green Tea & Mango Ice Cream
2 Ripe Mangoes – peel and cube
2 cups of heavy cream
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
8 bags of Japanese green tea

In a sauce pot, heat the milk and cream and steap the green tea for about 5 minutes. DO NOT BOIL. Add the sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. In a blender, blend the mangoes with a little water until it is broken up to small pieces, but not pureed. Follow your ice cream maker instructions.

TIP* When ready to eat, keep ice cream out in room temperature for about 10 minutes for easier handling.

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