We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Oh, no, you don't need a fancy ice cream machine, you don't want a fancy ice cream machine. No, what you need is one of the old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream machines. Homemade ice cream of a summer's evening is a special treat, make it a special occasion. Teach the little ones something about cooking, something about science, something about patience and diligence and hard work, something about appreciating life's little luxuries. I mean, what, you gonna unwrap a Hostess apple pie just like Grandma used to make to go with that ice cream or you gonna put that stuff on a slab of homemade brownies still warm out of the oven?
Hazelnut and pistachio are my two standard gelato choices, although I have astonishing memories of a fresh, vivid tasting melon gelato from a Milanese master.
Favorite ice creams are black raspberry (very hard to find these days without added chocolate specks), peppermint stick, and peach. I make an excellent grapenut, and in PA Dutch country seek out the best teaberry ice cream I can find, it's rare to find it anywhere else.
Sorry to wander off-topic, but the least favorite happened several years ago when the neighbors made homemade ice cream and invited us over. We were sitting in the back yard. It was twilight, and everyone was just barely visible.
It was one of those southern summer evenings when bugs were flying everywhere. Suddenly, my neighbor asked his wife, "Honey, what kind of nut crunch ice cream is this?" "It's vanilla!" she said.
My dad always encouraged me to hand churn ice cream; said it was a very important job. I guarded the ingredients, added the coarse salt, and turned that handle a lot! Ice cream flavors-peach as well as apple-vanilla and cherry. Washington State fruits. Nothing better in the summer.
A few years ago I bought an ice cream machine and started making my own ice cream. It was delicious! I made more for my friends - they loved it!
Then I started getting fat from all that delicious ice cream. The fact that I was able to make EXACTLY the ice cream flavors I wanted was greatly increasing my consumption. So I had to give the ice cream maker away. Sometimes it is best to keep the means of production out of your own hands....
2 cups heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Whip with electric mixer until it forms firm peaks. (more or less will either make it lighter or denser so it isn't critical. Place in freezer for at least four hours. Serve. You will be surprised at how good it tastes.