Ice Cream

Each year in July, my community celebrates National Ice Cream Month with a fundraiser called “The Big Chill,” an entry-by-donation event offering tastings of exquisitely crafted homemade ice creams, live music by local artists and “cold-calling,” during which various community leaders quite literally freeze their buns off while sitting on blocks of ice in quest of a fundraising goal.

The funds raised at The Big Chill are directed to an amazing non-profit organization called The Shalom Project. If you find any of my ice cream recipes interesting, creative, unexpected, intriguing or just plain pretty, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to this life-giving project.

Now, what about these ice creams?

S’mores Ice Cream

This is how you celebrate National S’mores Day in the middle of August, when it’s too hot to light a campfire—easy, no-egg ice cream with marshmallow and chocolate fudge swirls!

Salted Maple-Bacon Ice Cream

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day today, I’m whipping together two of my all-time favorite flavors into one deliciously sinful scoop!

Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream

I put a couple of easy twists on my standard, custard-based ice cream formula to arrive at this unique yet classic pistachio flavor. Let’s celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

Pumking Ice Cream

Along with pumpkin puree and pumpkin butter, I’ve accented this ice cream with my beloved Pumking ale. It adds intense depth and a slight hoppy flavor that is exactly the right balance to the richness of this custard-based dessert.

Grilled Pineapple-Jalapeno Ice Cream

It’s National Ice Cream Day! There’s a little bit of “fire and ice” going on here, but it’s definitely the pineapple taking center stage in this crazy good tropical ice cream!

Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream

This covers everything I love about a fresh summer cheesecake—the smooth creaminess, sweet fresh fruit and even the graham cracker crust—but in an easy, no-cooking-required ice cream.