- Published on Wednesday, June 13 2012
- Written by Rita Korkounian
Over the past decade or so, I’ve built very close relationships with some dear friends. Who you ask? Let me tell you: Baskin, Diddy, and Ben, among others. No, I’m not referring to my rapper friends. Think bigger, creamier, and more scrumdiddlyumptious. Why yes, it is Baskin Robin, Diddy Riese, and Ben & Jerry! You have the same friends too? What a coinky-dink!
Ice cream brings joy to the young and old alike. I think it’s fair to say that dairy in general has found a friend in most... well, all except for those with allergies and, of course, the crampy lactose intolerant. Sorry, y’all, I feel your pain. I was blessed with the latter. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? If I had to cut dairy from my life, I would not only be devastated, but I’d probably starve to death. For my daily dose of dairy, I’ll tolerate even the most excruciating pain.
Friends of the friendless, those of you who seek therapy through food, ardent dairy consumers, y’all who live on a diet consisting of milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, eggs, and cheese, it’s National Dairy Month! She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes... yeehaw! Time to share my favorite recipes in honor of Dairy Month!
Ice Cream Sandwich -- This is just sick. I can’t bear the thought any longer. Get these pictures away from me! For pete’s sake! How do people come up with such creations? Cookie sandwiches filled with Häagen-Dazs macadamia nut brittle ice cream and dulce de leche. Yum.
Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich -- Are you up for the challenge? Three ingredients, folks. That’s all. You cut a chocolate doughnut in half. Slather on some warmed Nutella. Scratch that. Just use the whole jar. Top with coffee ice cream. And inhale.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Kahlua Milkshakes -- Oh boy! My fellow cookie monsters, you could eat your cookie and drink it too! Ice cream, milk, chocolate chip cookies, and the love of my life, Kahlua... all blended and beautiful. Top with cookie crumbs and serve!
S'more Shake -- Please, sir, may I have s’more? This is the ultimate summertime treat! Just take a sip of this chilled campfire favorite and listen as the s’more choirs sing. It’s raining ice cream, chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, Hallelujah!
Buttery Popcorn Ice Cream -- This is good, like I’m-ready-to-get-on-my-broomstick-and-fly, wickedly good! The cracker jack-type popcorn, custardy smooth ice cream, and the globs of gorgeous caramel make this sundae a truly sinful treat.
Parfait -- Forgive me for introducing something healthy. I don’t cut corners with my desserts. Full-fat or nothing. However, I have made an exception for this parfait. The vanilla-poached figs, cherries, pistachios, and greek-style yogurt create a light, flavorful, and delicious combo!
Grilled Fontina Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwiches -- I’ve died and gone to dairy heaven. If hugs are worth a thousand words, and friends even more, then the value of this sandwich is priceless. Must shove down throat... now. Help helphelphelp.
Now that I’ve made you drool all over your desk and feel faint from the severe hunger pangs, I think my job here is done. May you peacefully slip back into your dairy dreams! Once again, Happy National Dairy Month!
- Rita Korkounian, YH Staff
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