Cook in the Moment: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

The Quest

Ice cream is a big subject to tackle. Where to begin? I tried to think up a new ice cream flavor to impress you. I fretted over this for days. Then I decided that rather than come up with something new, I would revisit something old. Vanilla ice cream is the original. It’s ice cream pared down to the simplest, most straightforward of flavors. Some might even call it boring, but that’s because they’ve never tried homemade vanilla bean ice cream. If you’re going to keep it simple, you’ve got to use exceptional ingredients. I am obsessed with ingredients. Tell me the story of an ingredient, let me smell it, touch it, taste it. I want to know. Things. About the world. The idea came to me that I should begin a quest for the best homemade vanilla ice cream. My journey starts with the vanilla bean and a trip to the Savory Spice Shop.


10 Ways Tuesday: Ice Cream

Ice Cream

I’ve come up with 10 fresh ideas for homemade summer ice cream:


1.  You don’t need a machine

Lemon Ice Cream from Italian Easy London River Cafe has instructions for making ice cream without a machine, simply by freezing the mixture and stirring it occasionally. Because the recipe is made with heavy cream, the result is a rich and decadently textured ice cream. Tart lemon cuts through the rich cream for a refreshing dessert. So good, so easy. Bon Apétit online featured a recipe for mint ice cream (made without a machine) last week as well.

2.  Highlight the flavor of a pantry ingredient

In Molto Gusto, Mario Batali includes a recipe for Olive Oil Gelato, and it’s a great way to showcase the flavor of a beautifully made oil. He suggests serving the ice cream with a sprinkling of sea salt and a drizzle of the olive oil. David Lebovitz suggests a variation of Olive Oil Ice Cream with Lemon Zest in his book, The Perfect Scoop. If you’ve got honey in your cupboard you can make Lavender Honey Ice Cream from A Platter of Figs by David Tanis.


Ingredient Of The Week: Ice Cream

Happy Monday everyone! We’re trying out video for the Ingredient of the Week announcement at! This is a very exciting new adventure. Be sure to let us know how you feel about the video experience in the comments section. Our desire is to grow and innovate here at La Domestique, and we appreciate your support. To thank you for watching, reading, and being a part of we’re having a giveaway contest this week!

To celebrate the first week of summer we’re giving away 1 copy of The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. In his book you’ll find everything you need to know for making ice cream at home. Not only is The Perfect Scoop a valuable resource for understanding technique and ingredients, it includes many inspiring flavor combinations that will get your creative juices flowing. This is THE BOOK for homemade ice cream, and we’re so excited to give away a copy to 1 lucky reader this week!