The Feathered Nest

The softer side of MaisonBisson

Be Careful What You Wish For July 5, 2010

TowerGirl @ 3:38 pm
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My wonderful parents are off cruising to Alaska. I am both jealous and happy for them. Before they left they had my birthday present delivered a bit early. Uncharacteristically, I had asked for a kitchen gadget, a basic Cuisinart ice cream maker. We received a similar maker for our wedding nearly twelve years ago, but that has been lost to time, moves, or clumsiness.

I try to live as clutter-free as possible. Our home is smallish and its odd layout leaves little room for storage. When we prepared to move here I sorted through my extensive collection of kitchen gadgets and moved only the essentials. However, as the years have progressed I have discovered a desire for some of these nonessential items. The ice cream maker is one of these.

Dairy and I are not always good friends. As a result, I swore off ice cream for a few years. This year I have gone back to the frozen treat and discover that a little bit now and then does not hurt me. I also adore sorbet, but I get tired of the limited variety flavors available in my local grocery stores.I figured if I had my own machine I could have fun playing with new recipes and expanding my summer indulgence options.

As soon as the package arrived I opened it and froze the tub. Then we went away for a few days. Yesterday I made a little batch of raspberry gelato. It tasted so tart and fresh. So much better than anything I have ever purchase in the store. This morning I mixed the base for a carmel-chocolate sorbet featured in this month’s Vegetarian Times. It’s cooling now but should be ready for the ice cream maker in a few hours. I am sensing that homemade frozen treats could be a dangerous new addiction. When I blow out my birthday candles in a few days, I will have to wish for some willpower.


Lost and Found December 10, 2008

TowerGirl @ 2:46 pm
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A Cone UndoneI didn’t eat ice cream this summer. As I’ve gotten older it has become clear that lactose and I have a dysfunctional relationship. At first it’s good, in fact those first few moments are magic – sweet and intense. The good times don’t last long and before I know it, the sweetness is gone and all that is left is the pain (and bloating and other things that one does not mention on a blog with such elegant readers as yourself).

I missed ice cream. I wanted ice cream. I tried the various substitutes. Frozen yogurt lacked the creaminess I desired. Soy ice cream was too soy-y. I have discovered that I can do goat’s cheese with little problem. I needed goat’s milk ice cream. Thankfully, such a product exists. I visited A Market Foods in Manchester, NH and picked up a carton of Laloo‘s Deep Chocolate. It had that goat’s milk tang, all the creaminess of regular ice cream, and a deep chocolate decadence. I let my husband have a bit, but most of the carton happily slipped down my ice cream deprived throat. I haven’t tried the other flavors yet, but I am looking forward to that delicious task.


Walpole Creamery Ice Cream December 29, 2007

TowerGirl @ 10:04 am
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Walpole CreameryWhile at Natural Choice Market yesterday, Casey and I picked up a couple of pints of Walpole Creamery ice cream to share with my parents after lunch at their house. We selected chocolate chip and grapenut. The chocolate chip was devine. The base was creamy and wonderfully vanilla-y. The chips were generously sized and provided a perfect dark chocolate bite to contrast with the vanilla base. The four of us happily polished off the container. The grapenut had a nice nutty flavor, but I had texture issues. The grapenuts made the ice cream too grainy. I suppose this is the nature of grapenuts but I wasn’t a fan. The good news is there are other flavors to try – and I will. Walpole Creamery has some seasonal flavors that sound excellent. I missed the fall pumpkin, but fortunately there’s always next year.


Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches August 5, 2007

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches.

So once again, my husband called on my assistance with a Friday Food Fiesta challenge. This week’s theme was cookies and biscuits. I scoured my pantry, but alas, like Old Mother Hubbard, my cupboards were practically bare. The one interesting thing I did have was a bag of Hershey’s white chocolate chips. So, between my meager rations and a quick trip to our town’s tiny market for butter, I cobbled together the ingredients needed to make the chocolate, white chocolate chip cookies on the Hershey wrapper. The only alteration I made to the recipe was to substitute my favorite Ghiradelli cocoa powder for the Hershey’s that they suggested.

However, at MaisonBisson we are not satisfied with mere cookies. When I called Casey to let him know I made the cookies he responded with those three little words: “ice cream sandwiches!” Sometimes that man can be an absolute genius! I e-mailed a list of ingredients for him to pick up on his way home and let my cookies cool.

When Casey came home he brought with him a gallon of Bryer’s Vanilla Bean ice cream, chocolate sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips. We stirred up the ice cream to soften it, placed a nice scoopful on a cookie, pressed another cookie on top, and rolled the edges in the sprinkles or the chips. We wrapped each sandwich in a square of aluminum foil and let them rest in the freezer. We ended up with about twenty sandwiches. Friends stopped by and helped us polish off some of them but the others remain in my freezer taunting me. They are really very delicious and very easy to make.

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches.Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookie and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches.


Ultimate Frozen Mud Slide Recipe June 10, 2007

Who wouldn’t enjoy a frozen mud slide on a hot summer day? Typical recipes call for crushed ice and cream or ice cream. For some reason, we decided to try making them from ice cream, from scratch.

The MaisonBisson Frozen Mud Slide

This recipe requires an ice cream maker, we used the Deni Scoop Factory.

  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • .5 cups Bailey’s
  • dash vanilla

Mix ingredients in bowl, then pour into ice cream maker’s freezer container. Follow your ice cream maker’s directions about time to freeze. Our Deni Scoop Factory was done in about 30 minutes. Spoon frozen ingredients into glass, add appropriate amounts of vodka and Kahlua and stir. Top with whipped cream and a cherry. Enjoy.