Showing posts with label apricots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apricots. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Apricot Strawberry Ice Cream

Congrats to Cleo, Peg and Sheila.  All three have new books out as of yesterday.  Here are the links! 

Cleo’s latest COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY: A Brew to a Kill 

Peg's debut novel: GOURMET DE-LITE MYSTERY: Allergic to Death

And Sheila's latest ORCHARD MYSTERY: Sour Apples

Happy summer reading to all!

I adore ice cream.

I know, I know. I often write in this blog that I adore something. I like food. Sue me.

But I truly, truly adore ice cream. I remember a time when my husband  "caught" me in the kitchen, before I was heading out for my morning exercise, with the freezer door open, a container of ice cream in my hands, and a huge spoon tucked into my mouth.

He said, "Um, what are you doing?"

I sheepishly answered, "Having medicine."

Yep, I think of ice cream as medicine. It calms me. Cools my head. Makes me feel goooooood.  Yep, I also know I shouldn't have too much. But a little bit here and there, right? It's sort of like chocolate and wine and, well, all sorts of things that we know we shouldn't have too much of, but we need to have at times to make our gourmet life yummy.

So I happen to think I have perfected the at-home vanilla ice cream recipe. I like to add things to it.  If you don't like fruit in your ice cream, remove it from this recipe. The vanilla will still stand on its own.


I adore apricots. Yep. There you have it. Adore.

And I adore strawberries.  I'm a foodie. I adore lots of things! And these fruits simply soar in this ice cream.

Enjoy.  Treat yourself occasionally because you are WORTH IT. And keep cool.

By the way, it's hot, hot, hot in Los Angeles. 110 degrees at 5 p.m. last night! And it's supposed to be that way all week. The's dry heat.  How is the weather where you all are???


* I use:  Cuisinart Counter top Mixer.


3 egg yolks
1 c. sugar
1 c. half and half
2 c. whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup strawberries, chopped into small pieces
½ cup apricots, skinned and chopped into small pieces
2 tablespoons water


In a sauce pan, over low heat, mix fruit, sugar, & water.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, until tender. Set aside and let cool completely. [Note, if the strawberries are too big, they freeze almost like ice cubes, so make sure you make little bites out of them.]

In a separate saucepan, stir together yolks and sugar and cook, 30 seconds on low.
Add half and half, cook 1 minute on low.
Stir and cook 1 more minute.
Stir and cook 1 additional minute.  [Total 3 ½ minutes.]
Add whipping cream and vanilla.
Stir and let cool to room temperature. 

Chill 1-3 hours in refrigerator


Start counter top mixer.  Add cream mixture.  Whip 20-25 minutes

Add fruit ice cream mixture.

Whip 5 more minutes until goodies are incorporated.

Pour into clean containers and freeze.  About three hours later, it’s a perfect consistency.


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Because I'm on a cookbook know about my new COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERIES coming out next year, right?...does anyone have a favorite ice cream or dessert cookbook title to share?


P.S. The original ice cream recipe came from the Cuisinart cookbook that came with the machine. And then I tweaked it. I love tweaking. :)
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Supper in a Second—Apricot Chicken

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb Oh, life has been sooo crazy lately. I know—no one can be too sympathetic because we’re all in the same boat! Most people have something to make life crazy—busy workplace, hectic afterschool schedule, big family.

Sometimes you just need to have something on standby…something that’s tasty, inexpensive, and simple to prepare.

I offer you---Apricot Chicken!

What if you’re not an apricot fan? Make it with whole cranberry sauce.

The nice thing about this recipe is that it’s made with only a few ingredients. And you could buy them when they’re on sale and they’ll keep for a long while in your pantry—pull them out whenever you need a quick dinner.

006 Apricot Chicken

12 chicken thighs (but I used chicken breasts—about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup apricot preserves (can use whole cranberry sauce instead, if you like)
1 cup French dressing
1 package dry onion soup mix
pineapple chunks (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
the preserves, French dressing, and dry soup mix in a bowl.
Put the chicken in a 9 x 13 baking dish and cover with apricot mixture.
Cook uncovered for 50 minutes. Add pineapple chunks (if you like) and cook for 10 more minutes.

Really, it doesn’t get too much simpler than this for a weeknight meal, even if you’ve had a stressful day. And it’s healthier and less expensive than takeout! :)

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Remember, you’ve got through June 5th to enter Julie’s release contest!

Julie’s first book in The Manor House Mystery series, Grace Under Pressure (starred review in Publishers Weekly!), debuted June 1.

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