Dazed and confused? Not me. I’m just Lost in the Cheese Aisle.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Roasted Steelhead

The Mistress of Sarcasm joined us for dinner this evening, a circumstance that makes the most mundane meal a bit of a Special Occasion. On the menu:
  • Roasted Steelhead Trout with Pomegranate-Balsamic Glaze
  • Sautéed Beet Greens with Shallots, Garlic, and Dried Currants
  • Tomato-Beet Purée
  • Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Nutmeg
I loves me some beets. The Missus may hate them - she says they taste like dirt - but the Mistress of Sarcasm is gradually learning to enjoy this Rootiest of Root Vegetables. Plus, they create amusing color effects in one’s excreta.

The big discussion in the household now is whether to get a new ice-cream maker. She Who Must Be Obeyed has her eye on one of those snazzy electric models that uses a bowl you stick in the freezer a day in advance; this would replace our old-school model that requires the use of crushed ice and rock salt.

Owning an ice-cream maker is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it puts fresh, homemade ice cream at your fingertips. On the other hand, it puts fresh, homemade ice cream at your fingertips. With our existing machine, making a Frozen Dessert is just enough of a pain in the ass that we don’t do it too often. If a new machine makes it easy enough, we just might start consuming more ice cream, sorbet, and gelato... and that may not be an entirely Good Idea.

Maybe I can make beet-flavored ice cream. Weird taste and colorful excreta!

What say you, Esteemed Readers? Should we... or shouldn’t we?


Jaime said...

I vote yea on the ice cream maker - I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-50BC Supreme Ice Cream Maker -


We got one as a housewarming gift a few years back. One of the best gifts ever received. We use it often. Of course, be ready to be asked to bring ice cream to every event you attend after getting one! :)

treppenwitz said...

Only Elisson could describe a gourmet meal both pre and post-digestion.

Well done.

Rahel Jaskow said...

I say go for it. You get to choose your own ingredients, and you can put (gasp!) healthy things in the ice cream, too, if you choose.

Anonymous said...

Beet Ice Cream. Whadda Idear. Go for it, how are you going to know if you never try? When I was a kid I had a Ketchup milk shake made in a little ice cream parlor a couple of blocks away. (It was horrible, but answered the question.)

Gerry N.

Motherkitty said...

Have one of those ice cream makers that you stick the bowl in the freezer. Makes wonderful ice cream -- and just enough for two-four people. Easy as pie (or ice cream) if you please and not too expensive. Enjoy.

LauraB said...

Late to this but the stepdaughter when she worked at a fine dining establishment in ATL designed a lovely dessert - black pepper and fennel ice cream.

Yes, it's a dangerous acquisition but...just think of the creative options!