Josh has always loved magic shell on his ice cream and the kids have inherited that love! I like it too but not as much as they do. If you’re a fan of magic shell, you probably know about the kind you can buy at the store.Continue reading “Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell”
Josh and I have always been fascinated by the idea of eating the fruit of native desert plants, particularly cactus. So when we saw that we had quite a crop of barrel cactus with fruit growing in our yard, we looked up when we could pick them, how to pick them, and how to eat them.Continue reading “Dehydrating Barrel Cactus Fruit”
I have been wanting to make ice cream for awhile. However, I have not had the opportunity since moving, starting a new job, and moving into a new house took so much time. Then, once I had the time I discovered that half of my ice cream maker was in my in-laws’ garage in California. Finally, my ice cream maker and I were reunited, and I had the chance to make some ice cream.Continue reading “Sweet Cream Ice Cream”
A few years ago, I came up with these ginger-cardamom scones with cacao nibs that my kids loved. Now, cocoa nibs are kind of expensive to buy already shelled from cocoa beans (though if I see a bag of cocoa nibs at Costco or Sam’s Club, I will probably buy them!) so instead of trying to shell cocoa beans myself, I buy chocolate bars with cocoa nibs in them and use those instead. All I have to do is chop up the chocolate bars and use the chunks. So it is almost like using cocoa nibs, right?
I also reworked the previous recipe a little bit: first, by doubling it, so that everyone in our family of 8 could have at least 2 scones, then by reducing the butter, so that I wouldn’t have to cut 2 tablespoons off a second stick of butter to make 16 scones. I’m trying to save a little money. Ok, maybe I’m really just trying to save myself a few seconds.
I also used salted butter in this recipe because it was all the butter I had left. I was out of unsalted butter and hadn’t had a chance to go buy more. Normally, unsalted butter is what I would use.
I currently use Godiva chocolate with cocoa nibs because we live right by an outlet mall with a Godiva outlet. And Josh was able to pick up a 10 pack of these chocolate bars for me from there for about $2.50 each. That’s about what I’d pay for good chocolate bars from the grocery store so I thought it was a good deal. I do use them sparingly though so I don’t go through all 10 bars too fast.Continue reading “A Scone Redo: Ginger-Cardamom Scones with Cocoa Nib Chocolate”