Short Order Best Buy: Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine for $49.95
My Cuisinart arrived in the mail just days after a Sur la Table opened in Aventura. Sur la Table in Aventura is good news for you, because when I explain how cool it is to have an ice cream machine, you're going to want to run out and buy one, and now you won't have to run to California. Of course you can always purchase it at Sur La Table's website.
The day the Cuisinart arrived was the coldest day of the year. And there may still be too much nip in the air to have you craving icy treats. But who knows how long this deal will last? Come summer, when the heat makes your tongue so parched it feels like a soccer team wearing sandpaper shoes has run roughshod over it, and I'm sharing nifty ice cream recipes with readers, you're going to wish you bought one now.
|Banana ice cream with toasted coconut & chocolate chips|
Sometimes, for a richer ice cream, I'll make a custard with eggs, cool it, and use that as the base. There are all sorts of variations, including using yogurt, low-fat milk, etc. First sorbet I prepared was culled from a bag of organic Florida tangerines. I juiced the suckers, added simple syrup, and yowza, it was good. Come to think of it, I don't think I've topped that one yet. Got the machine in December.
I know what you're thinking: What about frozen cocktails? No problem, although if you're adding a lot of alcohol, it's better to freeze the base to slurpy consistency and then add the booze when it's done.
Cocktail party hint: Make a kick-ass Bloody Mary mix, whirl it in the ice cream maker, put a scoop into a martini glass and fill with chilled vodka. Call it a "deconstructed" Bloody Mary and it is sure to impress or confuse your guests.
So that's why I like my Cuisinart machine. One negative: Not the prettiest styling in the world. One last positive: Unlike many products that say "easy to clean" and are anything but, this one really is.
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19501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
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