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Stay cream, cool. 
Jul. 29, 2009 10:26 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2009 9:10 am
Someone in my office informed me yesterday afternoon that according to the local newscast, it is the first time our weather guys (and gals) have forecasted temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the city of Seattle. First. Time. Like, ever! Now, I’m all for making history (and I enjoy the sun, don’t get me wrong), but I wish we were making history in air-conditioned homes.

I usually have to talk myself into heading to the gym after work, but needless to say, last night I was all too happy to make the trip to that air-conditioned building. I was quite certain even though I’d be working up a sweat once I got there, it’d be nothing compared to what I’d be in for if I arrived home at 6pm to an apartment that’d been closed up all day.

So, that was step #1 for beating the heat. Step #2 was…ice cream! (Yup, that’s right, ice cream after a workout...yum.)

I had a bag of strawberries in my freezer that I hadn’t been able to put to use yet, but what I didn’t have was an ice cream maker. I started with the Five Minute Ice Cream recipe because I loved that it would be conducive to making just one or two servings, and fast—two things I’m all about in this blog. I ended up altering the recipe, though. I had some whole milk yogurt I wanted to use up, so I used about a ½ cup  of that and ¼ cup of milk instead of heavy cream, and just ¼ cup of brown sugar with the frozen strawberries.

The final result was more like a really thick strawberry smoothie, but it totally hit the spot. I froze some overnight to see what would happen and ended up with an icier version that I would have liked, but it still tasted good. (And no, I didn’t eat that whole bowl pictured below for breakfast…just a couple bites.)

I think I might need to have a few more adventures in ice cream this week…it’s not lookin’ to cool down anytime soon.

Any recipe faves you’d like to share?

(Oh, by the way, look for a new Single Servings meal plan soon—I plan to post it on Monday—see you then!)
Might have been a little thick to attack with a straw.
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Good enough to eat with a spoon.
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After the deep freeze.
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Jul. 29, 2009 2:13 pm
Wow, that looks really good! Stay cool.
Jul. 29, 2009 4:28 pm
Mmmmmmm I love strawberries in ice cream :D Check this strawberry recipe out: also sounding very good is strawberry cheesecake ice cream, and strawberry rhubarb ice cream...nom. I hear adding some balsamic vinegar is good in strawberry ice creams. I also want to try this peanut butter and caramel ice cream

Gah...I can't look at ice cream recipes anymore or I will burst. Looking forward to more single servings!
Jul. 29, 2009 5:05 pm
Oh my gosh Heidi, that shortcake ice cream sounds unbelievably yummy--I'm totally trying that! And that's interesting about balsamic vinegar--I might have to try that with my leftovers tonight.
Jul. 30, 2009 9:10 am
Deborah, yes I've also heard that CA is seeing typical Seattle weather too...overcast, rainy, and generally un-California-like. So strange! I love the sun, but it's making a good night's sleep hard to come by;). Thank goodness for our air-conditioned office or I'd be an awfully crabby gal right about now! Hee, hee.
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I am a 32-year old woman (I still stumble over the word "woman," but I don't think I can get away with "girl" anymore) living in Seattle, WA, writing for the very website you are browsing right now! I am originally from Bellingham (about 80 miles north of Seattle), where I went to Western Washington University, and then just kinda hung out for several more years until I moved south in September of 2006. I've always loved cooking and even had my own little spiral recipe notebook when I was in middle school to collect my star dishes in. (Apple pizza and scones were always a hit with the family—thanks Home Ec.!) I seriously considered going to culinary school when I was twenty, but then decided I didn't want to cook for a living. I’m definitely more of an entertaining cook, as opposed to a professional cook.
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I prefer cooking over baking, but I've been branching out more in the past couple years--I made a pie from scratch for the very first time for Thanksgiving 2006 and it was delicious. But, I made a cake from scratch for the first time recently, and it did not go as well. It looked great, but I would not use the word "great" to describe how it tasted. I've resolved to go back to boxed cake mix, and put my efforts into the decoration where I can actually do some good.
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People are always surprised when I say that my dad does most of the cooking for holiday meals. "Does your mom get stressed out for Thanksgiving?" people will ask. Are you kidding me? No way! She, my sister, and I are all watching movies while my dad is basting the turkey and making mashed potatoes and gravy. Thanksgiving is probably the most relaxing day of the year for my mom!
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Ah, I remember it well ... I was twelve years old; I believe it was a Thursday and there was a chill in the air that night ... I pulled that seafood pasta bake out of the oven oh-so-carefully, and when we sat down to enjoy it ... so cheesy, creamy and seafoody (and I mean that in the very best way)... so very, very, delicious ... though I lost track of the recipe, each bite will live on in my memory forever ... ;)
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On my 30th birthday, I set fire to a cookie sheet full of French bread that I had only intended to toast. I had just finished cooking something else when I turned the oven to broil and underestimated how hot the top element already was. Chatting away with a friend, I was completely confused when I saw smoke coming through the burners and it wasn't until my friend yelled, "It's on fire!" pointing to the partially open oven door, that I realized what was happening. I swiftly yanked the baking sheet from the oven, dropped it into the sink, and cranked the faucet. Disaster averted. Moral of the story? Let other people cook for you on your birthday.
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