I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Snow Delicious

Brrrr it's cold in upstate New York.
For some strange reason I just can't stop thinking about snow.
The world covered in a blanket of white can be truly beautiful.....at first.
But when inches turn to feet and shoveling goes from minutes to hours and tempuratures plunge to sub zero. With snow drifts four and five feet high....I'm sure you get the picture.
This is where my mind is today....enjoy

Snow Ice Cream

1-3 C. snow (make sure it's clean!)
1/2 C. whipping cream or other cream of choice
1 T. sugar
2-3 drops vanilla flavoring

In a separate bowl, mix cream, sugar and vanilla. Slowly add snow to desired consistency. Eat (slowly--it's cold) and enjoy!

But if you are like me and are a little skeptical about "Clean Snow", then shaved ice works nicely as a substitute. If you just want the snow idea without the snow and ice the recipe below is just the ticket.

Almond Snow Pudding

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. (1 pt.) skim milk
3 egg whites
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed

Combine gelatin, water and sugar in 2-quart microwave-safe mixing bowl.
Microwave (high), uncovered 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture boils, stirring once. Stir in milk. Refrigerate until slightly thicker than unbeaten egg whites. Beat egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add corn syrup, beating until mixture forms stiff peaks. Beat in almond extract and vanilla. Fold into gelatin mixture. Pour into 8-inch square baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until set. Serve strawberries over squares of pudding.
Almond Snow Pudding can be molded in an 8-cup mold or in 12 individual 3/4-cup molds.

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