Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate Bits

Oh, hey!  I would apologize for not posting the past several days but I’m not sorry.  I’ve been soaking up time with the family at the beach and it was glorious.  I didn’t even Instagram or take pictures of food while I was away.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July.  I swear, the days just keep going by faster and fast.  Slow down, Summer!!!!

Tuesday was brutally hot at the beach and this coming weekend doesn’t look any better around here.  I see lots of pool time and cold beverages in my future.

To keep you cool, here’s a refreshing and incredibly “different” ice cream recipe that I beg you to try if you’re a fan of ginger.

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Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate Bits has a touch of spiciness from the ginger but it’s still smooth, refreshing and creamy thanks to whole milk and half-and-half.  The little bits of chocolate are like finding a little treasure in each and every bite.

The key to good homemade ice cream is to give yourself plenty of time to freeze the base of the ice-cream maker (we keep ours in the freezer); cool down the ice cream base; churn and then time to let the ice cream set up in the freezer for a few hours.  I try and start the day before I’m ready to scoop.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor on a hot summer day?

It’s Summer in my Kitchen.

It’s a cool 54 degrees outside on this sunny April day but it’s summertime in my kitchen.  Gingery-Chicken with Peaches.  Think spicy ginger with sweet peaches smothering the most delicious baked chicken all served on a bed of steaming hot rice.

And the recipe couldn’t be easier.  Simply marinate the chicken in a mixture of brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, salt and pepper.  While that’s hanging out, slice up a red onion and put in a large bowl with one bag of frozen peaches.  Into the bowl you’ll add flavor with more ginger, a little brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame and canola oil and red pepper flakes.  Now mix it all up.

Pour the onion-peach mixture into a casserole dish and tuck the chicken on top.  Simply bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.  Serve this delicious chicken dinner over hot rice.

p.s. The kitchen smelled insanely good.

So even if it isn’t summer outside – make it summer in your kitchen.