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July 16, 2016

Show 12 – Beckie Jacobs from Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream

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Tune in live July 16th from 1 – 2pm on 590 The Fan, listen on-line, or download the app.

If you missed the show you can check it out on the archive player.

Smooth.  Sweet.  Cold.  Creamy.  I love ice cream!  Ice cream brings up thoughts of childhood, birthday parties and celebrations, summer days and chasing down the ice cream man.  It indeed is one of my favorite things and I wish I could eat it every day.  There was a period of time recently when working at Serendipity Home Made Ice Cream that I did eat it almost every day…and it showed.  Still does a bit to be honest.  You hear people suggest the idea that if you love ice cream and then work at an ice cream shop that you will get sick of ice cream.  No offense but those people are fools.  Sick of ice cream?  I can’t even comprehend the concept.  Sick from ice cream maybe, but sick of ice cream, never.  Serendipity is at 8130 Big Bend in Webster Groves and has been locally owned by Beckie Jacobs for over 12 delicious years.  I was lucky enough to work for Beckie three different times.  Twice as an ice cream maker and most recently as the general manager.  It was a dream job and a lot of fun.  They make all of their ice cream in house and are a full service ice cream parlor that also offers packaged ice cream, novelties, and ice cream cakes.  In addition they do catering and wholesale orders and their ice cream can be found in well over 100 restaurants in the area.  Beckie runs a fun shop.  She is passionate about her business and loves to support her friends in the restaurant and bar industry and has a big list of favorite spots.  She knows everybody and I’m excited to talk with her about all of those things, National Ice Cream Day which is this Sunday, and her recent purchase of The Fire & Ice Cream Truck.

Photos courtesy of Billy Sukoski

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Cut Of Meat Of The Week

This week’s selection is….brownies!

Brownies

Because what goes better with ice cream than brownies?  I love brownies and ice cream.  The brownie to me is one of the best sweet treats and together with ice cream and hot fudge, OMG!  Years ago I participated in a food blogger bake sale to benefit Share Our Strength which is a charity that helps feed kids who rely on their school for regular meals.  It was a great experience to help a great cause just by having fun baking and sharing.  It was there that I found one of the best brownies I had ever tasted.  I loved them so much it’s now the only brownie I will make.  I took that recipe and added salted caramel to create my big muddy brownie pictured above.  Here is a link to the recipe from the blog Ciao Annie.

 

Spice Of The Week

This week’s spice is cinnamon.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is another one of those smells that brings up all kinds of vivid food image to me like apple pie and french toast.  It’s warm and comforting.  It’s grandma’s house.  Cinnamon is produced from the inner bark of trees.  It can be shaved into rolled “sticks” or quills as well as ground.  Uses range from savory to sweet and it’s great in ice cream too.  Serendipity’s Cinnamon Ice Cream is a regular occupier of the dip case and one of their customer’s favorites.  Going out for ice cream is always a great treat but if you’ve never made your own you should give it a try.  It’s fun and fairly easy.  Ice cream makers range from the old fashioned hand crank or motorized types with a metal cylinder surrounded by ice and salt to the more expensive counter top models with their own compressor.  Each has their plus and minuses but all will get the job done.  Whichever you use just find a recipe you like and follow the instructions for your model.  Currently I use a freeze bowl attachment for my Kitchenaide mixer.  It produces good results for the price but as with most home makers, to me, the quantity is small.  Also with the freezer bowl types you can run into issues with the bowl thawing too quickly and you have to freeze it again before making another batch.  One day I hope to purchase something like this counter top model with a compressor from Breville.  No ice and salt, no freezer bowl thawing out, just pour in your mix and go.  The one draw back to me again is the capacity.  However the ease of operation with the compressor allows you to make batch after batch.

 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 17th – National Ice Cream Day at Serendipity

Saturday, July 23rd – Kegs and Eggs VII at Quincy Street Bistro

July 29th – August 6th – St. Louis Craft Beer Week

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