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ANOTHER Snowstorm?!! Just in time for Earth Day…

Oh Crap! It’s snowing again after raining all day.

Just stick a fork in me ’cause I’m done.

Another 6″-9″ expected. I’m gonna lose my cabin-fever-stir-crazy mind!

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This morning when I heard we have another 6″-9″ of snow expected overnight, I was so done.  I don’t know if I can handle this anymore.  I’m gonna go bonkers if I don’t get some sunshine and real vitamin D very soon!  It’s April 22nd – EARTH DAY for goodness sakes!!

So what does a cabin-fever-stir-crazy Minnesotan make while yearning for sunshine?
Mint (coconut milk) Ice Cream!  Hahahaha!  Yes, a lack of sunshine can make you delirious.

BUT this recipe turned out to be both simple and Fan-Freakin’-Tastic!!

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The real reason I whipped this up today is that I was scheduled to pick up a beef bundle and had to clear the (ice cream) freezer bowl out to make room.  In my haste, I used a very simple recipe – omitting the extras I had in my frozen treats recipe last week. It turned out even tastier than the So Delicious brand we’ve been eating so much of lately.  Yum-Yummy!

Mint Chip (Coconut Milk) Ice Cream
2 cans coconut milk
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 tbsp Frontier mint flavoring
3/4 cup mini chips

Warm the coconut milk and sugar in a saucepan just until sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add mint flavoring.  Chill.

Follow ice cream maker instructions, adding the mini chips near the end – just to mix.
Freeze.  Enjoy!  Mmm…

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MORE April Snow! (…and frozen mint-chip recipe)

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We got another foot of snow here in Minnesota.  Blech.  😛

The only good thing about this weather is that I can use my porch as a second fridge for cooling food.  I have some Korean-style short ribs (a la Orleatha Smith and Domestic Man) marinating and some coconut milk mint-chip pops setting up (for freezing).  Soon there will be a roaster pan with chicken thighs coming out of the oven to provide stir fry meat this weekend.

I’ve made short ribs before, using Orleatha’s marinade, but had cut them into squares.  I really like how Russ Crandall slices the ribs for more (grilling) surface.  I whisked up the marinade using coconut aminos, GF fish sauce, cinnamon applesauce, ginger, garlic, honey,  a little lime juice and oil.  I just eyeballed the quantities.  It’s just marinade, after all.

I want Spring to come soooo bad!  I will rebel against the cold and grill those short ribs tomorrow – no matter what the wind chill!  Good News: the Weather Channel is predicting temps up around 40F, so as long as I keep the grill out of the wind and turned up a bit higher than normal, it should work fine.  There’s always the option to finish them by oven-braising if necessary.

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The coconut milk mint-chip ice cream batter is an experiment.  I haven’t made this flavor at home before.  I’ve done vanilla bean, chocolate fudge, cherry cheesecake and a few others, but we’ve been on a So Delicious Mint Chip kick (well, more like a bender…) lately, and I just can’t justify spending so much on a tiny pint.  Time to put my Kitchen Aid mixer (with ice cream attachment) to good use.  So here we go:

Coconut Milk Mint-Chip Frozen Dessert

1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup sweetener
2 tsp mint flavoring
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp Taza chocolate extract
1 tbsp gelatin (optional)
1/4 cup mini-chips

(Recipe can be doubled)

If using a dry sweetener and/or gelatin, heat all ingredients except the chips in saucepan until dissolved.  Cool, then stir in chips.  Chill and prepare per ice cream maker instructions (or pour into BellyFULL silicone pop molds and freeze.)

If using a liquid sweetener, combine all ingredients except chips with a hand blender or mixer until smooth.  Stir in chips, chill and follow instructions above.

Enjoy – no matter what the weather!

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Pickles & Ice Cream

Discovered Bubbies Kosher Dill pickles Friday. Whoo! They are really strong, but oh so good!  Turns out they are a very effective digestive aid, which I really need right now.  My son went bonkers for them and finished off the jar, sending me back to the store.  He also ate all of my So Delicious Mint Chip…

At the checkout, it dawned on me that I was buying the stereotypical pregnancy crave: pickles and ice cream!  Hahahahaha!   Well, at least I don’t plan to eat them together.  I was very relieved that the checkout clerk didn’t notice and chuckled to myself… Hey, there’s a blog post in there somewhere!  😉

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FYI: Bubbies are traditionally lacto-fermented, rich in nutrients and probiotics!