July: Tomatoes + Watermelon

Homemade Ice Cream

Prep Time: about 30 minutes Cooking Time: about 30 minutes Prep Time: 1 hour
  • 2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise and scraped
  • 2 cups milk, chilled
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 T
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • Equipment: knives, measuring spoons, cups, bowl, saucepan, electric mixer
  • Step 1 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine vanilla beans and scrapings with the milk. Bring to a gentle boil. Remover from heat and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes
  • Step 2 Prepare an ice bath; set aside. In a bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar on medium high speed until thick and pale, about 4 minutes.
  • Step 3 Place milk mixture over medium-high heat; bring to just a simmer. Slowly pour about 1/4 cup hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture, beating on low speed until blended. Continue adding milk, about 1/2 cup at a time, beating until incorporated after each addition.
  • Step 4 Return mixture to saucepan; stir with wooden spoon over low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon, 3-5 minutes. Custard should retain a line drawn across the back of the spoon with fingertip.
  • Step 5 Remove pan from heat; stir in chilled cream to stop cooking. Pour custard through a fine sieve into a medium bowl set in ice bath; let stand, stirring occasionally, until chilled.
  • Step 6 Stir in extract.
  • Step 7 Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: No time at all Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • 2 cups watermelon, diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup feta cheese, diced

Equipment: Knife, cutting board

Here’s how: With blueberries still seasonal, and watermelon in abundance — all you need in addition is a good-quality feta cheese to create this dish. Get the kids involved, add toothpicks, and enjoy!

Step 1: Slice in half 1 fresh watermelon

Step 2: Cut into thinner slices, then remove fruit and dice

Step 3: Place watermelon in three rows on large plate or baking sheet (leave room for feta cheese)

Step 4: In between rows of watermelon, add in 2 rows of feta cheese

Step 5: In corner, place a small bowl and fill with blueberries

Did you know: Blueberries are actually one of America’s few indigenous foods, grown here for the last 13,000 years — quite fitting to serve on Independence Day!