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It’s the Great Pumpkin Vegan Ice Cream

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I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on frozen desserts this summer.  Between Sweet Rose, Carmela, and the newly-opened Salt & Straw (<—which I’ve visited 3x in 2 days) my taste buds are a bit spoiled by high-quality ingredients, but my wallet isn’t too happy with me.

Thankfully, Cuisinart sent an ice cream maker – so now I can churn the good stuff at home.


Just like my favorite part of baking – “cleaning” the residual mess.


This is a batch of Emily’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Spiced Vegan Ice Cream - it’s basically just canned pumpkin, agave, almond/coconut milk – I used Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of Cinnamon.  You can enjoy it like soft-serve, right away…


…or spread it into an 8×8 Pyrex, cover the top with parchment paper, and store in the freezer until hard and scoopable.



This is what a front porch in the summer is for.


P.S. The podcast I recorded with Masters of the Tooniverse is up – if you love Disney’s Alice in Wonderland as much as I do, have a listen!



Window Watchers

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I’m getting ready to leave for the anniversary of my father’s death – in tying up loose ends there’s been little time to sit and have a proper meal, which is why I’ve been grateful for places where you can stand (or lean on a stool) and eat quickly.


Carmela’s been open for a while – this was my first visit and I’ll have to come back in the daytime, when things are less crowded/more photogenic…


…Salted Caramel for me, Fresh Mint with Cacao Nibs for Abe.


My new morning ritual – a day-old/half off bagel from BabyCakes


…that’s the Everything (above) – below is a plain one.


(Get it toasted.)



Lovely to take a moment and watch the world go by a little.  Not sure if I’ll be posting from NJ (I’ll still be blogging, though); follow along on Twitter or Instagram for “real time” recaps.

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