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Car Bomb Ice Cream Floats- Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!!


I am a firm believer that Irish Car Bombs are way better in theory than in practice. I mean, really, who can actually chug an entire pint of Guiness?!? Not me! Instead, here is a leisurely decadent way to enjoy your Guinness and Baileys–in an ice cream float! Smooth, velvety Guiness poured over a scoop (or two) of cold, rich, creamy Baileys ice cream with a gooey, slightly minty, fudge ripple, studded with mint cookie crumbles. Now that’s what I call a car bomb! I think the Irish would be proud. I also prefer my car bomb in cupcake form–click here for the recipe.

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Car Bomb Floats (ice cream adapted from Katie at the Kitchen Door) (Difficulty-Intermediate; Makes 4-6 floats)

  • 1 1/4 c. Bailey’s, divided
  • 1 1/2 c. organic whole milk
  • 1/3 c. organic honey
  • 2/3 c. whole irish cream flavored coffee beans
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. organic heavy cream
  • 5 organic cage free egg yolks
  • 2 c. Newman’s mint flavored O’s, divided
  • 4-6 pints of Guiness or preferred stout

Make the Ice Cream:

Add whole milk, honey, coffee beans, instant coffee, salt, and 1/2 c. of heavy cream to the medium saucepan  Stir briefly to combine ingredients.  Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, just until the milk begins to simmer.  Remove from heat, cover, and set aside for 1 hour, to allow the coffee beans to steep.

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Meanwhile, pour 1/2 c. of the Bailey’s into a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until simmering gently.  Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the Bailey’s is reduced by half.  Pour into a bowl and set aside.

In a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the Newman O’s until they are fine crumbs.  Add 1/2 c. of the Bailey’s and pulse until a thick paste is formed.  Scrape into a bowl and set aside.


After the hour has passed, gently rewarm coffee-milk until hot to the touch, but not simmering.  In a medium bowl, thoroughly whisk together the egg yolks.  In a large bowl, pour remaining 1 c. of cream, set a large mesh sieve on top, and set aside.  Carefully pour the hot coffee-milk mixture over the eggs, whisking vigorously as you do so, to temper the eggs.  Still whisking, pour the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan and cook for 5-10 minutes until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, stirring constantly (a wooden spoon works better than a whisk here) to keep the eggs from scrambling and frequently scraping the bottom.


When the custard has thickened, pour through the mesh sieve into the remaining cream, to strain out the coffee beans and any cooked egg bits.  Discard beans.  Stir the cream and coffee custard together, then add the remaining 1/4 c. of Bailey’s, as well as the 1/4 c. of reduced Bailey’s syrup, and stir to incorporate.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.


Process the chilled custard according to ice cream maker instructions.  As the mixture churns, place a 9×13 pan in the freezer.  Microwave the chocolate fudge ripple (Bailey’s and cookie mixture) for 30 seconds and stir, just to make it spreadable (don’t let it get too hot!). Crush the remaining 1/2 cup of Newman O’s with a rolling pin or meat pounder. When the ice cream is finished churning, spread it into the pan.  Dot the top with the fudge ripple mixture, then use a spatula to quickly but gently fold it in to the ice cream.  Stir in the cookie crumbles. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.

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Make the floats:

Add two or three small scoops of ice cream to a frosted glass. Pour 1-2 cups of Guinness over and devour with a spoon!



Dad’s Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Turkey Meatballs and Vanilla Cream Cheese Cakelets with Raspberry Filling and Homemade Limoncello Ice Cream


**Sorry for the delay on this–wanted to make sure it was just right since this is such a special family recipe. Enjoy! 😀

In our house we’ve always done two Thanksgivings- an Italian meal made by my dad because his family always celebrated with Italian food, and the traditional American Turkey dinner. I know, I’m pretty spoiled! This year Dad and I decided to make one of our favorites, stuffed shells with Spinach and four cheeses, and his staple turkey meatballs (how fitting for Turkey Day!). And everything was covered in his famous Pomodoro sauce of course.

We generally don’t eat dessert with our Italian Thanksgiving since there is so much delicious food, but since this was the first year I was home to spend Thanksgiving with my family in so many years I wanted to make them a special Italian treat- Limoncello Mascarpone ice cream with vanilla cakelets filled with raspberry cream. It was the perfect end to our Italian feast!

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells  (Difficulty-Intermediate; Serves: 6-8)

1 lb. large organic imported pasta shells

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

3 lb. organic baby spinach

2 large organic eggs, room temperature and gently scrambled

8 oz. Polly-O ricotta cheese (according to Dad, it MUST be Polly-O!)

4 oz. Polly-O fresh mozarella cheese

3/4 cup, plus more for topping, pecorino romano and parmesan cheese blend from Trader Joes

1 tsp. organic lemon zest

seasoned pepper, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Don’s Pomodoro sauce (recipe below)

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach one pound at a time until cooked. Be sure to salt and pepper the spinach as you go. Pour cooked spinach into a colander and drain ALL liquid. This is one of the most important steps so that there is no excess liquid in the stuffing mixture. Once the spinach is drained add to a large mixing bowl. Add the ricotta and eggs to the spinach and mix well. Grate half of the mozarella cheese into the bowl and add the 3/4 cup of romano parmesan blend. Season with seasoned pepper, coarsely ground sea salt, and ground black pepper to taste.


Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook shells for about 5 minutes. They will still be very firm, but they will finish cooking in the oven. Make sure not to overcook the pasta or they will fall apart when served. Drain shells and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. We even added a handful of ice cubes to the colander. Spread a few paper towels out on the counter and place each shell upside down to drain all of the liquid that has collected inside the shells.


When the shells are dry, use a teaspoon to stuff the spinach and cheese mixture into each shell. We placed the stuffed shells in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the stuffing flavors marinate and set inside the pasta.


When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Ladle a layer of Pomodoro sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Place the shells in the dish and cover the tops of the shells in pomodoro sauce, the remaining grated mozzarella cheese and a handful of the parmesan romano cheese blend. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Don’s Pomodoro Sauce

4 cans official San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy (Dad won’t use anything else!)

1 Maui or sweet onion, finely diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup, plus 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. coarse sea salt

1/2 cup fresh organic basil leaves

crushed red pepper, salt and pepper to taste

Prep Work: The most important step in this sauce is preparing the tomatoes. It is important to drain as many of the tomato seeds as possible so as not to add any bitterness to the sauce. The San Marzano tomatoes are deliciously sweet, but the seeds will take away from their amazing flavor. Set a large colander in the sink and use a pairing knife to slice off the tip of the each tomato and drain its seeds. Add the seedless tomatoes to a food processor with the tomato sauce from each can and pulse a few times to combine. You want the sauce to be well-incorporated but still have a nice texture from the tomatoes. Next, add the diced onion and garlic to a small bowl and pour 2 Tbsp. olive oil on top. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Let this marinate for up to 3-4 hours before making the sauce for the flavors to incorporate and develop.

To make the sauce, add 1/4 cup olive oil, onion and garlic mixture, and a teaspoon of coarse ground salt to a large sauce pan. Heat on medium until onions and garlic are translucent, about 6 minutes. The salt will help to release the sugar from the onions, adding to the sweetness of the tomato sauce. Add your desired amount of crushed red pepper to this- I like my tomato sauce to be a bit spicy. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring for about 10 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the basil for a nice fresh flavor.


Don’s Turkey Meatballs (Difficulty-Easy; Makes 12 Meatballs)

  • 2 lb. organic ground turkey
  • 1 large Maui or Spanish onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup organic fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup organic ketchup
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmeggiano reggiano cheese
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin pan with olive-oil based cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and form 12 large meatballs to fit into the muffin the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The meatballs should be fairly firm but should still have some give under the pressure of your finger. Serve with generous amounts of pomodoro sauce and parmeggiano reggiano cheese.


Limoncello Mascarpone Ice Cream (slightly adapted from Curly Girl Kitchen)

(Difficulty- Intermediate; Makes about 1 quart)

  • 8 ounces Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Limoncello Licquer
  • juice and zest of 2 small lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, or using a hand-held mixer, whip the Mascarpone cheese with 1/2 cup of the milk until smooth.  Add the remaining milk and the rest of the ingredients and whip until very well blended.  Taste and adjust sugar and lemon zest as desired.


Pour into a container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, until well chilled.  After mixture has chilled, whisk it until smooth, then pour through a mesh strainer to strain out the lemon zest.  Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions of your ice cream maker.  Transfer to a container and freeze until firm, about 4-6 hours.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cakelets with Raspberry Cream Filling (adapted from Curly Girl Kitchen)

(Difficulty- Easy; Makes 8 or 9 cupcakes)

  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Penzey’s Raspberry Enlightenment
  • 1 small carton fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spray a cupcake pan with non-stick baking spray.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, beat the 6 oz. cream cheese, butter and sugar on medium speed for 4-5 minutes, scraping the bowl down a few times, until very light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly.  Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined.  Batter will be very thick. Add batter to cupcake pan.  Bake for 18 minutes, until golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool the cakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.


Meanwhile, make the raspberry filling by mixing remaining 2 oz. cream cheese, raspberry enlightenment and confectioner’s sugar on high with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add to a piping bag. When cupcakes are cool use a serrated knife to cut the tops off and pipe the filling onto the surface. Replace the top half of the cake and drizzle with more raspberry enlightenement sauce. Serve with limoncello mascarpone ice cream and fresh raspberries.


Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes and Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream


One of the things I miss most about New England is going apple picking–and of course getting some warm apple cider donuts from the farm. I don’t typically like donuts but there is just something about apple cider donuts that sets them apart from any other donut. I found the recipe for this baked version online that tastes just like the real thing. They went perfectly with the homemade honey cinnamon ice cream I was dying to make from the Flour cookbook–my all time favorite book for desserts. My wonderful cousins bought it for me after falling in love with the bakery. If you’re in Boston, a visit to Flour Bakery is in order. You will thank me (and my cousins) later. Sorry I didn’t get any pictures- you’ll just have to trust me on this one. A few people at the dinner party said it was the best ice cream they ever had and there wasn’t a single donut hole left in sight, so hopefully that is proof enough.

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes (Courtesy of Feastie)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter (they sell a yummy honey apple butter at Trader Joes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (I used plain nonfat Greek yogurt)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • canola cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. 
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, apple butter, vanilla extract, honey, apple cider, yogurt, and canola oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture and whisk until just incorporated. Don’t over-mix – a few lumps are okay. 
  4. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, fill a 24-hole mini muffin pan with the batter; fill each hole only 3/4 of the way, or you’ll end up with huge mini muffins. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes and cool on a wire rack. 
  5. While donut holes are still warm, combine cinnamon and sugar in another dish. Dip the top of the muffin in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the donut hole in the cinnamon sugar to coat the sides and top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream (courtesy of Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe)

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and cream. Break up the cinnamon stick into several pieces and toss them into the pan. Scald the milk mixture over medium-high heat (bubbles start to form around the edge of the pan, but the liquid is not boiling). Remove from the heat and let the cinnamon steep in the milk mixture for about 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until blended, and then slowly whisk in the honey, sugar, and ground cinnamon until combined. Return the milk mixture to medium-high heat and scald again. Slowly add the hot milk mixture to the egg-honey mixture, a little at a time, whisking constantly. When all of the hot milk mixture has been incorporated, return the contents of the bowl to the saucepan, and return the saucepan to medium heat. Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon. The mixture will seem watery at first, then it will start to steam, and then it will start to develop a little body and get thicker. Remove from the heat and immediately strain through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container. Whisk in the salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until cold, or up to overnight.

Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

When the ice cream has finished churning, freeze it for at least 2 hours to allow it to ripen. During the ripening process, the ice cream becomes harder and smoother and the flavors more fully develop. The ice cream can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week.