Monthly Archives: September 2009

Pumpkin ice cream with Spiced shortbread cookies

I love autumn. When I was younger, I hated it because autumn inevitably leads to winter, and I hate winter with an embedded, passionate vengeance. Growing up in northern South Dakota, spending my whole life in various parts of SD, until finally moving to northwest Wisconsin… I know, I’m begging for punishment. 3-5 feet of snow, 50 mph winds, and temperatures not rising above zero for days (yes, days plural) at a time.


Anyway. Fall. In the last six years, I have grown to absolutely love it. And I know everyone else loves autumn, and I know that everyone loves pumpkin. And everybody goes a little pumpkin-crazy in September and October, especially with this year’s shortage. Yes, I enjoy pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. I dig pumpkin cookies and muffins and pumpkin creamcheese logs and all of that. However, I needed something more. Something rougher… but smoother, something pumpkin-hardcore to pop on my tastebuds more than the typical baked good or semi-healthy recipe.

Eggs, sugar, milk, and cream

Enter: pumpkin icecream. SDSU (South Dakota State University), my true alma mater, has been doing a pumpkin icecream for years. As soon as a few leaves magically turned bright red overnight and someone living near campus would light a bonfire on a random weeknight, SDSU would start serving pumpkin ice cream exclusively at the Dairy Bar on campus. LONG before DQ dreamt up the pumpkin pie blizzard, SDSU was rockin the orange creamy, spicy goodness. I hearby dedicate this dessert to SDSU and all of my wonderful (slightly hazy) undergrad memories… particularly the autumn memories. Go Big, Go Blue, Go Jacks!

Here comes the pumpkin!

Pumpkin Ice Cream
2 large eggs
3/4 c. sugar
2 cups old-fashioned heavy cream
1 cup milk (skim, 1% or 2%)
1 can of  pumpkin
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
dash of cardamom (optional, to taste)
1-2 Tbsp. brandy (optional)

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until foamy, 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar gradually, and whisk another minute. Add the heavy cream and milk and whisk to blend.

Transfer about 1 cup of cream and eggs mixture to a medium mixing bowl. Add the pumpkin and spices, and stir/whisk until blended. Add the pumpkin mixture back to the cream and blend together. Pour into your icecream maker and make according to manufacturer’s instructions. If desired, add the brandy to the icecream 5-10 minutes before the anticipated end of the cycle.

Ready to go in the icecream maker

Spiced shortbread cookies
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. + 1 Tbsp. flour
1 t. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg, cardamom, and/or pumpkin pie spice (all optional, to taste)

Cream together butter and sugar. Add the spices and flour and mix. If needed, add 1/2 tsp. of water to form into a ball. Roll out with rolling pin to 1/4-1/3 inch. Cut into circles or triangles or any other preferred shape. Bake on ungreased baking pan at 325 F. for 7-10 minutes. Careful not to overbake– cookies will continue baking on the hot baking pan for a few minutes after you pull them out of the oven.

Autumn-y, spicy goodness

Serve these together and enjoy in front of candles or a fire with your loved ones. :)

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Welcome to western Wisconsin.

This isn’t my first blog, but I’m hoping this one might actually become an accurate snapshot of daily life. The others have been (excuse the Francais) half-ass, and not fun to go back and visit. Always room for improvement at least.

About me, I suppose:

  • I am a newly-wed. I’ve been married for 13 days to the strangest, funniest, most surprisingly-handsome character.
  • I’m also a new employee. I started on August 3rd, and I’m in a 3-year contract here in NW Wisconsin. I’m from South Dakota. You would think Wisconsin wouldn’t be that different, but you would be wrong.
  • I’m going to cook more. I’m also going to lose some weight. Figure that one out! (I still haven’t.)
  • I refuse to quit learning and expanding just because I am finished with college (for now). I will keep discovering new music, new passions, new bits of seemingly-useless information. I will keep studying and reading. I will keep seeking more.

I seriously love doing anything and everything with my hubby. I’m sure it’s newlywed-itis, but I want to cook with him and shower with him and ride to the gas station with him and… you get the point. We ride motorcycle when the weather permits, go fishing even when most sane people stay inside due to extreme temperatures, watch lots of tv series on DVD, make nerdy jokes, nag each other, and will do anything to make each other laugh.

I’m going to try to break up my posts by topic, but we’ll see how well that works. I also want to try my hand at food photography, but I am COMPLETELY new, so these first few posts are likely to be cringe-worthy.

Well, first post down. It can only get better from here. (I sure hope so, anyway!)

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