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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ice Cream Day "retro" Style!

Happy Sundae everyone! Whoops, I mean Sunday! I'm getting ahead of myself in all my enthusiasm to celebrate National Ice Cream Day today. I suppose you could say Ice Cream Day is slightly more official than many of the other "national" food days we celebrate throughout the year. You see, way back in 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day! And that dear visitors would be today!

In my haste to find just the right ice cream delights to share with you today, I pretty much turned the dining room upside down. I mean there are books strewn everywhere. The problem was, I wanted to entice you with something cool and unusual. I knew it would be difficult because ice cream dishes are sprinkled all over the internet. (I have an entire Pinterest board to prove it:) My solution was to dig way back into my recipe card archives. Let's begin with the Sundae Bubble Crown from Betty Crocker.

You'll notice this recipe calls for one package of Betty Crocker Frosting. I don't think they make packaged Betty Crocker Frosting anymore but since in this recipe it is used as a fudge sauce, I'm sure you could use your favorite fudge sauce to replace instead. It would be such a shame to ignore this spectacular dessert for lack of packaged frosting, don't you think?

Ice Cream Day "retro" style would be naked if I didn't include a recipe for the infamous Ice Cream Bombe.

This recipe is also from the Betty Crocker recipe file circa 1971.

The next two recipes are from the series of My Great Recipes circa 1984. This selection of filed recipes, which fit quite nicely in a plastic tray with dividers, were sent on a monthly subscription basis. One day I will have to devote an entire post to recipe card gems:)

First up we have a Celestial Peach Sundae.

You might want to save this one for National Peach Month in August. It uses fresh or canned peaches.

I thought this Sunburst Ice Cream Parfait was just the "proper" recipe to share for National Junk Food Day, which also happens to be today:)

The theory is if you don't indulge in Junk Food as often as others, today is the day to join in on the "fun." If you celebrate Junk Food Day on a daily basis, this Sunburst Ice Cream Parfait may just redeem you:) Maybe?

"If I had to live the rest of my life as a food, I would choose to be a lonely strawberry, covered ever so delicately in smooth chocolate sauce, set atop the highest mound of swirled vanilla ice cream surrounded by a tiny sea of colored sprinkles."~Anon~

The following recipe for Toasted Almond Ice Cream intrigued me so I just had to share it.

I must confess, I've never made ice cream at home but I sure have seen many, many ice cream recipes. I can't say I've ever seen one which uses the first two ingredients in this recipe which was harvested from an Ice Cream book by Hilary Walden published in 1985. Have you?

I don't have any other books by Hilary Walden on my shelves but a quick search reveals she has authored more than 16 cookbooks. I have a feeling she may be a British author because many of the ice cream recipes in the book have an English flare to them. Take this recipe for Loganberry Ice Cream for example.

If you Loganberries aren't in season in your neck of the woods, I'm sure you could substitute raspberries. Again, the inclusion of cream cheese is new to me. Is it to you also?

Happy Ice Cream Day everyone! See you Wednesday when we'll either be celebrating National Tequila Day OR Coffee Day. I haven't decided which:)