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My first REAL ice cream

May 23rd, 2010 · 34 Comments · baking, beef, breakfast, Eat, drink & be vegan, Ellie Krieger, ice cream, Mexican, muffins, Oprah magazine cookbook, snacks

I’ve had ice cream before. I’ve had good ice cream before. But, I’m going to go out and say it – you haven’t had REAL ice cream until you’ve made your own! Homemade ice cream takes ice cream to a whole new level. It’s actually hard for me to think straight right now – that’s how good my little ice cream making project went today. All right (collects herself), let’s back up a bit…

We got an ice cream machine from my parents-in-law this past Christmas. Around the same time we started our kitchen remodel, but that didn’t stop me from making my own frozen yogurt. It was a good first try. Pretty yummy but the recipe definitely required some tweaking. That was my first and last attempt at making a frozen concoction… until today!

I actually finally dug a whole in our freezer big enough to fit the ice cream bowl into a few days ago, but receiving The Oprah Magazine Cookbook from my parents-in-law for my birthday (thank you!) and locking eyes with the sour cream ice cream recipe sealed the deal for me. I had to go buy ice cream ingredients. Stat. [Recipe can also be found here, I used low fat sour cream and a little less than 1 cup of sugar.]

Introducing my new love 😉

Mix all the ice cream ingredients and pour into this genius machine. Let it run for ~30 minutes.

I think someone wanted ice cream even more than I did 😆

Try not to eat it all right away. It really should spend at least 4 hours in the freezer to reach the perfect (hard) consistency.

I lasted 1 hour. So what if it was a little softer. 😉

My first REAL ice cream :mrgreen:

Can you see how creamy it is?

OMG – amazing. Incredibly smooth and slightly tangy. Maybe it’s the sour cream that put it over the top for me, since you know, sour cream probably runs through my veins (being a “Russian” and all), but Adam thought it was pretty phenomenal as well. I am doing everything I can to keep myself away from the kitchen (read: freezer). This could be trouble!

If you don’t have an ice cream machine (although you should really start making space or saving for one – whatever reason has stopped you from buying it), no worries. I got a whole lot of other deliciousness to share with you. Let’s begin with…


I love leisurely mornings – they allow me to start the day with fresh baked muffins, like these zucchini spelt muffins from eat, drink & be vegan cookbook

The recipe made 4 larger muffins and 8 smaller ones. I also added about 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter. For those of you who count calories – the larger one is ~255 calories, the smaller one is ~170 cals (just counted it so that I wouldn’t be going overboard on calories without even realizing it). I enjoyed one larger one with some local organic strawberries and coffee.

And then I went a little crazy with picture taking (it’s kind of the theme of today’s post actually – too much time on my hands? 😉 )

Hello, strawbs!

So pretty.

And so moist and delicious!!!! Dreena is right – don’t let the healthy sounding name discourage you – these are such a treat for your taste buds. Also Adam approved.


The rest of the morning flew by so I just thew together a random Mediterranean-inspired spread.

Fresh cucumber slices, Foxboro Co fromage blanc, jalapeno stuffed olives, Samira’s baba ganoush, Sofra beet tzatziki, edamame “hummus,” grilled peppers and zucchini and When Pigs Fly olive bread. Phew! 😉

Adam and I shared this platter.

It was a fun lunch with lots of flavors and textures. :)

And yes, I went crazy taking pictures again. 😀

Earlier this week I received from the company a sample of Lipton Pure Leaf ice tea for my review. I thought these would be perfect to accompany a summery-ish lunch.

The Pure Leaf ice tea is sweetened with stevia and has zero calories. I received 2 flavors: lemon and raspberry. Unfortunately I did not enjoy either one of these. They were extremely sweet and very “fake” tasting. Thumbs down from this blogger. Adam still polished them off but said he prefers diet Snapple. I’ll stick to water.


Luna Protein chocolate cherry almond bar (I received in the Healthworks swag bag)

It tasted like a candy bar. I liked it. The ingredients list appears to be all natural too. Excellent :)

A while later – 1/2 fitness bread with light cream cheese, lox and grape tomatoes

+ an orange (unpictured)


Although I really wanted ice cream for dinner, I behaved like an adult and made a real dinner – Ellie Krieger’s steak tacos with cucumber-avocado salsa to be exact (recipe can be found here)

Dinner came together in minutes and was extremely flavorful. These tasted pretty authentic to me. No cheese or sour cream needed – just lots of fresh flavors (mmm, lime + avocado).

So much good eats! I wish everyday could be this healthy and delicious.

Have you ever made your own ice cream? What’s your favorite kind? I think we’re going to do a chocolate/m&m combo next (Adam’s childhood favorite) and then junk-free oreo cookie ice cream. I love that I can use all organic high quality ingredients and that the mix-in possibilities are endless. :)

* Only a few days left to enter the cookware giveaway!*

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34 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Cara

    So funny you posted this because lately I have this new obsession of getting an ice cream maker to make Greek fro-yo. I don’t have one yet but one of these days when I have time I’m going to try the no-ice-cream-maker-method I found :)

  • #2 - Bridget

    I got an ice cream maker for my bday a couple years ago and made two different icecreams once! I’m loving the sound of the recipe you used!!! Good thing the bowl is in the freezer…gotta get on that asap. Your food from the day looks amazing. I love Mediterranean food!! Also have been eyeing that Ellie recipe for a while now!

  • #3 -

    i’ll have to keep an eye out at the store next time for those luna protein bars! those sound tasty!!!

    omg and spelt vegan zuchinni muffins! i would have thrown chocolate chips in but even without them that would be so good!!

    homemade ice cream would totally be worth it! and how much fun would that be to make.. its only hard waiting for it to chill and harden.. but when its what a treat!

  • #4 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I LOVE homemade ice cream! So delicious. I made a peach one once and what made it so incredible was that the peach skins were steeped in the cream before it went into the machine!

  • #5 - Rachael

    Those tacos look great, and homemade ice cream is one of the universe’s greatest gifts. Blackberry sage ice cream – sounds odd, but I’ll get around to getting the recipe out. It will change life as you know it.
    Happy Birthday too!

  • #6 - Erin

    My relatives used to have an ice cream machine that we used a couple of times but I haven’t done it in years. Such a difference, I’m sure!

  • #7 - Dominique

    Our family has one of those old Cusinart ice cream makers–the all white plastic kind, not the slick one that you do. Back when we got it, it was mostly my older bro or parents who made the ice cream; I never really got to tinkering with it. Then it got lost in the basement somewhere. Recently it was found and my brother recently made a vanilla bean ice cream. It was glorious.

    There’s nothing that can beat homemade ice cream. I gave some to my BF to compare to his fave brand of store-bought vanilla ice cream. The homemade stuff is so rich and delicious that all I need is a little scoop or two and I’m set. Next up is a honey lavender ice cream that I’ve been meaning to make for about two weeks now. I should probably get on that.

  • #8 - Evelyn @ cheers2healthy

    I’m loving the Mediterranean Platter!! So many pretty colors! The platter definitely deserved some camera love : P

  • #9 - Claire

    I really want an ice cream maker! It looks so tasty…and local strawbs with a vegan zucchini spelt muffin, yum!

  • #10 - Lauren

    Yay for the ice cream maker! I don’t know what I’d do without mine. I made coffee ice cream for John’s birthday yesterday and it came out wonderfully delicious. I’m fairly certain this kitchen appliance will be in near constant use this summer ;).

    The rest of your eats for the day look stellar – the Mediterranean plate is gorgeous! I love meals comprised of many different elements.

  • #11 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    Wow, your REAL ice cream looks and sounds fabulous! I’ve never used an ice cream maker before; for some reason I thought it was complicated, but it sounds like it’s actually pretty simple!

  • #12 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Mmmm my college roomate had an ice cream maker, and she made Twix ice cream once. It was SO good!

  • #13 - Lindsay

    I’ve only had homemade ice cream one time and you are so right. It’s out of this world!

  • #14 - Beth @ DiningAndDishing

    In culinary school last week we had homemade vanilla ice cream with roasted pineapple and candied bacon. It was to. die. for. (!!!)

  • #15 - Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries

    Wow all of your food looks so beautiful and delicious! Especially the muffins! That’s awesome you made your own ice cream, I wish I had an ice cream maker. And I am jealous of the mediterranean plate you threw together- that’s my favorite type of food!

  • #16 - emily

    Rachael Ray has a recipe for key lime pie ice-cream that I am pretty darn excited about!

  • #17 - Kelly

    What a beautiful colorful lunch! You definitely used all the colors of the rainbow. :)

  • #18 - janetha

    hey! that is the exact ice cream maker i registered for yesterday :) i hope i get it! your creation looks SO good.

  • #19 - christina

    i want an ice cream maker!! i just told my exbf the other day that i might as well get married bc i want a new blender, food processor, steam iron, etc…haha

  • #20 - Josh

    I fully expect you and Adam to make beer ice cream now (and share). :)


  • #21 - Naomi (onefitfoodie)

    your med plate looks like it is from a restaurant! i was looking to see what boston restuarant it was and NOPE! freshly made by healthy and sane herself :) love it!! and i want some homemade icecream!!!

  • #22 - Shannon

    wow, you’ll have to let me know how the ice cream is after sitting in the freezer o/n. i’m wondering if the half and half helped with consistency (mine was too hard). i’ll have to give it a shot with greek yogurt :)

  • #23 - Sophie @ yumventures

    This looks amazing, I have been wanting an ice cream maker myself! Perfect for the summer :)

  • #24 - Kelly

    I agree about making your own ice cream. It also helps that you can customize the flavors to exactly what you like. I think the best I ever made was a spiced banana. Yum!

  • #25 - Heather

    We make ice cream in the summer all the time! Our favorite is strawberry!
    We only have trouble with freezing it. It’s fantastic right out of the ice cream maker, but the consistency is too icy/hard after being in the freezer. So, we just eat it all!!! Ha!

  • #26 - Barbara

    My kids gave me an ice cream maker last Christmas and I have been going crazy ever since. You’re right…you’ve never had ice cream until you’ve made your own!

  • #27 - Carly

    I’ve made 2 batches recently! The two best kinds I’ve made were chocolate chip cookie dough (eggless dough of course) and pistachio! YUM!!!!

  • #28 - Emily @ Emilyeatsclean

    I have an icecream maker that I definitely need to put to good use. Following digging that sucker out this week to move this weekend, maybe I’ll use it soon, now. And what beautiful pics you take…..they are all drool-worthy!! :)


  • #29 - Elina

    Diana – that sounds amazing. Can you share the recipe with us?

    Lauren – I think Adam would love that too! Are you going to blog about it?

    Katie – It’s really really easy. Definitely give it a try!

    Josh – haha, deal!

    Shannon – it hardened nicely but still tasted creamy. I’m going to try it with oikos next time too :)

    Heather – this recipe had quite a bit of fat so we had no problems with an icy texture. I wonder if the lower fat recipes have a bigger issue with that.

    All: please share all of your favorite recipes with us. Every single one sounded incredible!!! 😀

  • #30 - Lele

    Your food is SO BEAUTIFUL! Your lunch and dinner look like dishes I’d be thrilled to get at a restaurant- I can’t believe they’re just things you threw together!

  • #31 - Liz

    I’ve never had homemade ice cream, and I think that is probably for the best. Ice cream is my biggest weakness as it is; I’m sure I don’t need to love it more than I already do :)

    I’ve yet to find any “zero calorie” beverage that I didn’t think tasted too fake or sweet. I prefer water with a bit of lemon juice or real tea.

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