A Sweet and Juicy Night with Zespri Kiwifruit

July 22, 2014 By: Serena

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Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  Last week I attended an event focused on one of my favorite (but I feel often overlooked) fruits – the round, fuzzy kiwi.  To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect when Zespri® Kiwifruit approached me about an event all about the kiwi!  But I’m glad I decided to check it out. Continue reading »

Summer of Ice Cream: Roasted Banana

July 11, 2014 By: Serena

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Happy Friday, Noshers!  Today I’m stopping by with a quick post about my attempt to make David Lebovitz’s Roasted Banana ice cream – and I’m happy to report it was amazing!  This first batch of home made ice cream kicks off my self-declared “Summer of Ice Cream.”

Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how much ice cream one recipe makes.  While my capacity for ice cream consumption is impressive, I sadly admit I probably shouldn’t be consuming a quart a week.  And while I love to share my culinary creations with coworkers and friends, ice cream is a little challenging to transport.  So unless you have any suggestions, my Summer of Ice Cream might be a bit abbreviated ;).

ANYHOO, below is the super-easy and delicious recipe for roasted banana ice cream – as you might have seen in a previous post, it was perfect for making Walkers mini ice cream sandwiches!  If you’re a banana fan, and even if you’re not, I’d suggest giving this recipe a whirl in your ice cream maker.  It’s like banana bread for summer weather :)

Roasted Banana Ice Cream

From David Lebovitz – The Perfect Scoop

  • 3 medium overripe bananas, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1/3 packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt (sea salt is recommended)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a shallow baking dish toss together the banana, brown sugar and butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once caramelized and delicious, remove from the oven.
  3. In a blender combine the banana mixture, half and half, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Chill until very cold, 8-36 hours.
  4. Once thoroughly chilled mix in your ice cream maker according to the directions.  Freeze over night or serve immediately as soft serve.

For my next ice cream attempt, I’m learning towards herbs – such as lemon basil sorbet or maybe mint! Thoughts?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Walkers Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches & 20% Off Walkers!

June 23, 2014 By: Serena

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These ice cream sandwiches are sooo mini! I could eat 20. Yum.

Happy Monday, Noshers!!  I know, I know – Mondays can be a bit of a drag.  However, I hope to turn that frown upside down with today’s post, featuring Walkers Shortbread Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches!

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that I am a Walkers Shortbread Blogger Ambassador – and as an Ambassador, I receive classic as well as new Walkers products to sample.  And as an Ambassador, I am able to provide all of you (!) with promo codes each month that allow you free or discounted product!  Here are the details for this month’s code – and this is the last month of my ambassadorship, so make sure you stock up!

  • Code is BASUMMER2014 for 20% off your entire purchase :)
  • Valid through June 28 (this Saturday!!!)

This month, I received the following samples in the Walkers Shortbread line-up:

  • Mini Shortbread Fingers
  • Mini Shortbread Rounds
  • Mini Scottie Dogs

walkers-shortbread-minisThe whole mini collection, as featured on the Walkers Shortbread website – stock up!

The theme this month is “Recipes for Summer Entertaining.”  I was excited to combine my first ice cream recipe from my self-declared “Summer of Ice Cream” with these minis to make Walkers Shortbread Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches!  The end result was seriously cute – teeny tiny ice cream sandwiches (about 1″ across) that could be consumed in a bite – or in my case, 5 bites (for 5 sandwiches…mmmmm).  I used this recipe from David Liebowitz for roasted banana ice cream, which is amazing.  However, feel free to experiment with different ice cream flavors, or use store bought – go ahead, I won’t tell ;)

Walkers Shortbread Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

(recipe makes 10 mini sandwiches)

  • 20 Walkers Shortbread Pure Butter Mini Shortbread Rounds
  • 1 cup your favorite ice cream

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Lay out 20 mini shortbread rounds in two rows of 10 each.  Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

2. Using a melon baller and working quickly, scoop 10 mini scoops of ice cream onto one row of the chilled shortbread rounds.  Top with the second row of rounds to make mini sandwiches.

3. Chill the sandwiches for at least another 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

These tiny sandwiches are a hit with kids and kids-at-heart like myself! YUM!

My previous Walkers Shortbread posts:

 FTC Disclosure: As a Walkers Shortbread Blogger Ambassador, I do not receive monetary compensation.  However, I do receive Walkers Shortbread product to sample.  All opinions expressed in this and all blog posts are my own.

What ice cream flavor would you try for your Walkers Shortbread mini ice cream sandwiches?

Re-Cap: Ramp Fest 2014!

June 12, 2014 By: Serena

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Ramp and goat cheese custard, Carolina rice, and ramp-walnut pesto by Gallow Green

Happy Thursday, Noshers! I am so glad that the warm weather is FINALLY here!  I thought this time of year would never come.  I hope it stays; if not…I don’t even know what. I already packed up my winter clothes (ah, the joys of a tiny NYC closet), so I am committed to these balmy temperatures.

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending Ramp Fest 2014 in Hudson, NY.  You may remember that I attended Ramp Fest 2013, which was amazing – so I was so excited to make the day trip up again this year!

Once again, the festival was held at the beautiful Basilica Hudson – I love this space!  My eating buddy and I thought it would make an excellent wedding venue – any fellow Noshers out there want to get married and invite me?? :) Continue reading »

Walkers Shortbread Dippers and 20% off All Products!

May 29, 2014 By: Serena

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Happy Thursday, Noshers!!  Hope you all had wonderful Memorial Day weekends.  Did you attend any cookouts?  As for me, I sampled some droolworthy Kansas City barbecue – SO GOOD!

Today, I’m happy to pop in as a Walkers Shortbread Blogger Ambassador and share both a super simple, decadent recipe AND a discount code so you can try the recipe out for yourself!

As an Ambassador, I receive classic as well as new Walkers products to sample.  And as an Ambassador, I am able to provide all of you (!) with promo codes each month that allow you free or discounted product!  Here are the details for this month’s code: Continue reading »

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