Big and small
kids alike can hardly resist the appeal of cool, sweet and slurpy ices
and ice creams any time of year. These days, the flavor varieties are
staggering. So many cultures have adopted this American treat, you can
find exotic flavors that stretch the lexicon of edible ingredients: litchi,
coconut and tamarind, plus red bean and green tea. If you live in a city
or town with ethnic markets, check them out for new and unfamiliar flavors.
Of course, if you have an ice cream maker, nothing's more exciting than
making your own ice cream. Homemade ice creams can benefit from the wealth
of farm fresh produce: cherries, nectarines, plums, peaches, blueberries,
raspberries, apples and pears, depending on the season. But if you don't
have a maker, you're still in luck. You can make a slushy Italian granité,
with nothing more than a freezer, metal spoon and a pan filled with a
delectable homemade flavored syrup.
can also make fruit smoothies with a kick of ice cream or sorbet to make
them more silken, rich and refreshing. Following are recipes for a wealth
of ice cream-based treats as well as some of my kids' favorites.
Check out other
recipes that bring the whole family together:
Cooking Time is Family Time: Cooking Together,
Eating Together, and Spending Time Together
by Lynn Fredericks, William Morrow & Co., August, 1999
COOKING TIME IS FAMILY TIME, Lynn Fredericks shows people how they
can improve the time they spend with kids by inviting them into
the kitchen to help prepare meals.
Included are 125 recipes emphasizing a variety of fresh, healthful
ingredients and strategies to get kids to gobble them down. Each
recipe offers directions that specify which steps are right for
younger kids and which are more challenging for their older siblings.