“I scream; you scream; we all scream for ice cream!”

July 28, 2012

The 2 little girls in the back seat couldn’t have had a more brilliant father. At least, that’s what my sister and I thought when we were traveling with Daddy in our 1960-something, used car bought from Mr. Phillips at his Sudlersville car place back in the day. What a clever saying, and what promise lay in that sing-song slogan: if Daddy had ice cream on the brain, maybe we would get a special treat, if we were good. So we’d be extra good, just in case. And why would we not be? On an outing on a summer’s day singing silly songs like the ice cream ditty, we would be perfect angels.

One of my favorite memories was from the Pomona Store where, I swear, those ice cream cones were as big as my head. I ate all of mine on the one trip still etched in my mind, then begged for Bobbi’s, too. I was always a good eater. Everyone said so….So I guess it’s not much of a stretch to guess why one of my latest favorite things to do is to try new ice cream recipes here at Simply Bed & Bread. Basil ice cream is now a staple here, served on top of our fresh fruit. And sitting on the stove right now is a pot of half and half with 4 ears of fresh sweet corn (picked from the field this morning), cobs and all, with a habenero thrown in for some extra pizzazz. I tasted it and I do believe it’s a winner, too!

Not all of the flavors have worked, however. The cinnamon was really good, but the beet wasn’t. Oh, a couple of our guests loved it, but I just did not. So I doubt I’m ever going to do the beet blitz again. If I’m going to peel, strip, cook, whiz, strain, drain and slop, the effort has got to be worth it.

My time is up. The clock says I can begin Step 2 of the Fresh Sweet Corn – Habenero Ice Cream, so off I go, singing, “I scream; you scream; we all scream for ice cream!”

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