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Weekend News Bulletin With A Scoop Of Ice Cream

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This is just a quick news bulletin of sort as I have been busy preparing plenty of sweet treats for Bill’s birthday. It’s not until Monday but we are celebrating all weekend. The man deserves it!

First, you might want to update your readers, feeds, urls, links, etc…as Tartelette is now a .com, as in , complete with a new header. Woot! I have confirmation from my team of engineers that all the redirects are working fine but might as well update the link.

Now, if you are looking for great and tasty recipes to make this weekend, check out the latest issue of Desserts Magazine. Inside the online magazine for which I photographed the cover picture (shameless note to make my mom proud!), you will find a plethora of recipes for all things chilled, cold and frozen. I have already bookmarked a dozen and the ice cream maker is ready to roll.

The ice cream on the cover shot is a tasty strawberry vanilla ice cream I made a couple of months ago that is now on rotation at the house. We just can’t get enough of it but here is the recipe in case you get sidetracked flipping through the magazine! Hope you enjoy it too!

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you will join me on Monday to wish Bill a very happy birthday and maybe help me convince him to shave the beard he decided to grow this summer!!

Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream:

4 egg yolks
1 cup (100gr) + 2 tablespoons (25gr) sugar
2 cups half and half
1 vanilla bean, split open and seeded
1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and one cup of sugar until pale and thick. In a saucepan set over medium heat, bring the half and half and vanilla bean to a simmer, without letting it come to a full boil. Slowly pour the hot cream over the egg yolks mixture while whisking to temper the egg yolks. Pour the whole mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cream coats the back of spoon. It should register 170F on a candy thermometer. At this point you have made a custard sauce, also known as "creme anglaise". Let cool completely, strain and refrigerate until cold.
While the custard cools, prepare the strawberries. Place the quartered strawberries and the remaining measurement of sugar into a small heavy saucepan over medium heat and cook just long enough for the strawberries to soften and to release some juice. Remove from the heat and let cool. Once both the fruit and the custard are cold, process the custard first according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions and toward the end of the churning period, throw in the strawberries.

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Deeba PAB July 25, 2009 um 4:00 pm

Happy birthday Bill.Please shave your beard off, pretty please.Congrats on the Dessert Mag issue Helene! Fabulous cover picture & well done. I am overjoyed to have a recipe of mine in the mag too…it's a lovely issue!

maybelle's mom July 25, 2009 um 4:16 pm

like the new header and happy birthday bill. (BTW the redirect worked for me.)

Barbara July 25, 2009 um 4:45 pm

Strawberry ice cream! Yum. And I have all the ingredients in my fridge. What could be simpler and more delicious?

My Farmhouse Kitchen July 25, 2009 um 5:16 pm

Happy Birthday Bill !
WOW ! What a beautiful photo of that ice cream. OUTSTANDING !

Great Job..and CONGRATULATIONS on the cover !

Kindest Regards,

Engineer Baker July 25, 2009 um 5:20 pm

Ew, facial hair πŸ˜› I'm with you on that – Bill, no facial hair! Especially in the summer – isn't that incredibly hot and itchy? Oh, and Google Reader redirects quite nicely as well, so I don't even have to update my RSS feed! Oh, but ice cream sounds wonderful. While I don't have that flavor around, I'm thinking my riesling ice cream with strawberry swirl sounds really good right now…

Doreen July 25, 2009 um 5:41 pm

The second I get an icecream maker I'm going to chill out with some strawberry vanilla ice cream! Great recipe, it looks deliciouss!

Doreen July 25, 2009 um 5:41 pm

The second I get an icecream maker I'm going to chill out with some strawberry vanilla ice cream! Great recipe, it looks deliciouss!

NKP July 25, 2009 um 5:48 pm

So lovely!
Happy birthday to Bill, no doubt you will have the best birthday treats in the world!

Sunshinemom July 25, 2009 um 6:37 pm

Congrats on becoming a dot com! My links to yours are working fine:). After all those online appeals I am sure the beard is already shaved off!! Happy Birthday, Bill:)

Shining Windows July 25, 2009 um 7:11 pm

Happy Birthday to Bill, he is a lucky man. looks yummy~

Jen Yu July 25, 2009 um 7:18 pm

updated! and a very happy bday to B πŸ™‚ you make ice creams look so dreamy. mmmmmm!

Y July 25, 2009 um 8:05 pm

Great cover photo, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!!!!

Cindy July 25, 2009 um 8:05 pm

updated, too! love your new header the ice cream looks sublime. happy birthday, bill!

Cucinista July 25, 2009 um 9:02 pm

Looks amazing! Yet another reason I NEED an ice cream maker. Though, come to think of it, that might be the slippery slope to ruin. Though why something so good can be so bad is one of life's mysteries. Or tortures…

Clumbsy Cookie July 25, 2009 um 9:14 pm

Yay! Double cool for the .com and for the new issue of desserts magazine! Awesome cover, your mom WILL be proud!

Julia @ MΓ©langer July 25, 2009 um 9:51 pm

Happy Birthday to Bill! We're almost twins. It's my birthday today (Sunday). I was actually going to make some ice-cream shortly for a family BBQ. Will definitely check this out. How fortuitous! πŸ™‚

Alexandra July 25, 2009 um 10:09 pm

WHoooooo!!! congrats on your .com move! Your meyer lemon baked alaska looks sensational! The ice cream, and its chunks of berry splendor are deliciously divine! as always, simply beautiful

Alexandra July 25, 2009 um 10:12 pm

I forgot to add, congrats on the cover photo!!!

Tej July 25, 2009 um 10:25 pm

Great pic Helen! This strawberry ice cream has become my go-to recipe for both vanilla and strawberry ice creams. I get rave reviews every time I make it (which is a lot given how easy it is!). Thanks!

Unknown July 25, 2009 um 11:10 pm

oh my goodness…i did not know this magazine existed! i must subscribe now!

shaz July 26, 2009 um 12:56 am

Happy birthday to Bill ! (What a great idea to celebrate all weekend) Great pic…looks very tempting, may even convert this apathetic ice-cream eater πŸ™‚

Lucy Vaserfirer July 26, 2009 um 1:12 am

Congrats on your move, congrats on your cover shot, and happy b-day to your man! What a happy weekend for you!

veron July 26, 2009 um 1:43 am

Happy Birthday, Bill! And please, do shave your beard
. πŸ™‚ ahh, delicious ice cream photos! And yay on
your new domain name and header!

Char July 26, 2009 um 3:31 am

congrats!!! you have arrived

K and S July 26, 2009 um 4:50 am

whoo hoo! congrats!

Anonymous July 26, 2009 um 4:54 am

Heartiest Congratulations on the Dot Com!

Love your site and am a regular reader, if not commentator. Keep up the good work!

Kat July 26, 2009 um 5:15 am

congrats on the beautiful cover!

Florence July 26, 2009 um 11:18 am

Your ice cream looks really good! I tried making vanilla ice cream today, and no matter how long I've freezed it for, it's still mushy! ):
I wish I had an ice cream maker!

Maybe July 26, 2009 um 12:12 pm

Gorgeous photo (love the pink spoon), delicious recipe, happy birthday Bill !

ChichaJo July 27, 2009 um 4:22 am

Happy birthday Bill!!! πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed and are enjoying all the sweet surprises you lucky guy you! πŸ™‚

Congratulations Helene on the new domain and on the beautiful cover photo!

Patrizia July 27, 2009 um 4:56 am

Looks awesome. I have a ton of blueberries in the fridge, what do you think?? πŸ™‚

Helene July 27, 2009 um 5:51 am

Tej: thanks for the testimonial

Patrizia: blueberries would work great with this. Handle them the same way I did the strawberries.

Nutmeg Nanny July 28, 2009 um 3:29 am

I really need some ice cream looking at these pictures. Yummy!

Kristen July 28, 2009 um 4:06 am

I love your new look – it really makes your photographs the centerpiece in all the beauty!

Chez US July 28, 2009 um 3:02 pm

Congrats on the new site – I love the look!!

Helene July 28, 2009 um 3:21 pm

Kristen and Denise: only the header is new. The re-design should be comin shortly!

SteamyKitchen July 29, 2009 um 5:41 am

Oh I looove it! The new site! The feature! The ice cream!

congrats to you – big hugzzzz

Simone July 29, 2009 um 8:59 am

Oh, my mouth is just watering..

By the way, what is half and half?

Thank you!

Helene July 29, 2009 um 1:58 pm

Simone: half and half is a typical dairy product in the US (half milk and half cream already mixed). For the recipe here you can easily do 1 cup whole milk and 1 cup heavy cream instead.

Thank you everyone!

Unknown March 24, 2010 um 11:22 am

this looks amazing. can u tell me what to use instead of vanilla pod? I have vanilla essence/extract. How much should i add if I am using that instead? Thanks!

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