The winner!

 

I’m excited to announce that the winner of my last contest, chosen using Random.org, is loyal reader Karen!

Karen will be getting the cutest mini recipe box filled with chocolate recipes. Also–a tin of French vanilla solid perfume, so she will smell as good as anything she cooks!

Congratulations, Karen! I have your address so your prize will be in the mail this coming week!

Thanks to everyone who entered and left me get well messages and wishes for a happy school year. Stay tuned for recipes and other fun stuff in future posts!

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The Cutest Utensils Ever!

 

I got a gift in the mail from my Aunt Linda yesterday. Can you tell what each item is?

The chick is a potato masher, the monkey is a peeler, the octopus is a whisk, and the mouse is a cheese grater. I can’t wait to use them!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I draw the winner of my latest contest. (It’s not too late to enter if you haven’t already. Just leave a comment on this post.) I can’t promise the prize will be as cute as these utensils, but I can promise you’ll like it!

 

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Eleanor. Your name was chosen at random in the summertime sweepstakes!

Your awesome prize includes a great veggie cookbook and a cute cutting board shaped just like an eggplant. Thanks for reading and entering!

I’ll be at sleepaway camp for three weeks, so I might not be blogging much, but I hope everyone keeps cooking and having a wonderful summer!

Lots To Report

I had a great weekend at the pop-up Super Duper Market in Chelsea. There were so many great people and vendors there!

I met the awesome cartoonist Maira Kalman, who was there because she illustrated a very useful book about healthy and delicious food. I also met AndrewAndrew–yes it’s two guys but one name. I think they are mainly DJs and performers but they also bake the cutest cookies in the world!! I meant to take a picture of the one I got, but I was too busy eating it!

I met Neesa Peterson, who owns Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls at 124 MacDougall St. Her New Orleans-style snow cones were so fluffy and refreshing, they would have been good even without syrup, but we had pear! Delicious! (You can check her out at www.iwsnoballs.com)

Speaking of delicious, my friend isaac and I ate two whole bags of King County beef jerky (www.kingcountyjerky.com). It was VERY good.

Did you know you can get Montral-style bagels right in NYC? I didn’t until I saw Mile End Deli at the Super Duper Market. I plan on visiting their store at 53 Bond. St. one day soon.

There were so many other great products there. These are just a few. Thanks to Paper Magazine for organizing it! I hope they do it again! BUT . . .

The fun didn’t stop after the weekend. On Monday, my camp group visited Eataly in the Flatiron District. It’s a huge Italian marketplace and restaurant complex. I might dream about the fresh, homemade mozzarella we sampled!

 

ONE LAST THING: Don’t forget that I’ll be using random.org to pick a winner in the summertime “veggie” contest later this week. If you haven’t already entered, you still have time!

Summer is Happiness

 

 

Summer IS Happiness!! And wouldn’t winning a cool prize from EveInTheKitchen make summer that much better? Well–I think so!

At camp, we’re visiting a bunch of the city’s green markets, including the enormous one at Union Square. The fruits and vegetables look like works of art, and the sellers are so knowledgable and friendly.  So this week’s awsome prize is something vegetable-related . . . I promise you’ll love it! Just leave a comment on the blog or like it on Facebook to enter.

Good luck–and remember–you never know what’s going to “turnip” on EveInTheKitchen!

We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment or liked a post on Facebook! Our lucky winner is Albert!!!

He will be receiving a very cool (hey–that’s a pun!) Jelly Belly brand shaved ice maker and some cherry syrup so he can make his own snow cones! (You can also use real fruit juice for a healthy treat!)

Congratulations, Albert! Hope everyone keeps reading and entering! There will be other fun contests coming up!

What’s Ice Cream Without a Topping?

Try this classic hot fudge!

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Simmer cream in a saucepan until just warmed. Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. If there’s any left over, it can be reheated in the microwave on low power.

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up the week with instructions for assembling an amazing banana split–the king of all sundaes!

A Double Dip!

Because of technical difficulties, there was no post yesterday, but don’t worry. It’s still the Almost Summer Sundae Celebration!

Any comment on this post will be worth TWO entries in the drawing at the end of the week!

If you were paying attention, you remember that in my last post I mentioned Neopolitan–which is made of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream. You already know a great recipe for strawberry ice cream, so today, let’s cover the other two.

Simple Vanilla

2 cups of heavy cream

2 cups of light cream (You can make it all light cream if you’re worried about calories, but it won’t be as creamy and rich.)

3/4 cup of sugar

1 TBS vanilla extract. (You could also scrape out the inside of a real vanilla bean and use that, but I have found that many kids don’t like the black speckles. I myself prefer my vanilla ice cream without them.)

Whisk all ingredients together and chill for at least an hour. Pour into your machine and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Easy and delicious!

 

This One Is For the Chocoholics

4 cups of dairy (again–it’s your choice)

3/4 cup sugar

dash salt (trust me!)

3 egg yolks

6 oz. chocolate chips (milk or dark–your choice)

2 tsp. vanilla extract (you could also get a little fancy and use hazelnut extract instead)

In a saucepan, combine the dairy, sugar and salt. Cook over low heat until the mixture is warm and the sugar dissolves.

Beat up the egg yolks in a bowl. Here’s the tricky part. Measure out a cup of your warm dairy/sugar mixture and whisk that in gently. Then, return the egg mixture to the pan. (That’s because this is a custard-based recipe.) Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes untuil it thickens a bit. Don’t let it boil!!

Take it off the stove and stir in the chocolate chips until they’re melted and the mixture is smooth. Let it cool at room temperature and then stir in the extract. (Make sure there are no lumps–if there are, strain them out.)

Chill in the refigerator and then use your ice cream maker (same as with the strawberry and vanilla.)

Hey–with all these flavors you could make a banana split! Let’s talk about toppings another time!

Get Ready For The Almost-Summer Sundae Celebration

 

Starting next Monday, I’ll be doing a full week of awesome recipes for homemade ice cream and sundae toppings. It’s the  Almost-Summer Sundae Celebration! And it wouldn’t be a celebration without a great, new contest, so any day next week, simply leave a comment and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a super mystery prize! (You can probably guess that it’ll be sundae related!!)

I use a Cuisinart ice cream maker that I got on Amazon.com for under $50. The nice thing about it is that you can keep the canister insert in your freezer at all times, so you’re ready to make ice cream or frozen yogurt at a moment’s notice, with no messy salt or ice!

So–what’s your favorite kind of sundae? Mine’s hot fudge!

EVEN MORE PIE!!!!!!

Welcome, PIE WEEK fans, to the second day of . . . PIE WEEK!!!!! Now, we here at eveinthekitchen.com are going to tell you more about that contest we mentioned yesterday. To enter, either leave a comment (hopefully a nice one!) on the blog or “like” us when my mom posts this on her Facebook page–it’s that simple. The winner, who will chosen at random, will get an awsome mystery prize! One hint about the prize. It’s not a cookbook! For the second day of PIE WEEK here’s a wonderful recipe for Really Fresh Fruit Pie!

One 9-inch piecrust–either store bought or homemade. This should be “blind-baked,” which just means to bake it at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until golden brown) before putting in the filling. If you have pie weights or even just some dried beans, put them in the pan so the crust doesn’t buckle up or shrink. Of course you will take these out before filling the crust with the fruit!

4 cups of fresh berries or other tender, cut-up fruit–your choice–go crazy with the combinations! Apricots and nectarines are delicious!

1 cup of sugar or more, to taste

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 cup water

1 TBS lemon juice

2 TBS butter

 

Coarsely chop 1 and 1/2  cups of the fruit.Put sugar, cornstarch and water in a pan and mix until smooth. Add the coarsely chopped fruit and cook over medium heat, until mixture thickens. Stir in lemon juice.

Add the butter and the rest of the fruit. Stir well.

Add more sugar if it needs.

Pour into your already baked shell and chill in the frige.

Serve with whipped cream if you like, but even plain, it’s so summery and fresh-tasting!