Entertaining, Holidays & Special Occasions

Orange (Carrot) Less-Drip Ice Pops
Unless your kids are carrot lovers, just call these orange ice pops — they’ll never know the difference. The pops are bright orange, sweet and a good healthy treat, says author of 200 Best Ice Pop Recipes, Andrew Chase. More »
Star Anise and Mandarin Orange Ice
The licorice flavor of star anise adds a mellow edge to this Eastern-inspired ice. We like to serve this paired with plain vanilla ice cream or as a side to lemon loaf or angel food cake. Star anise vary in size, so you’ll have to judge for yourself whether to use 6 or 8. Eight large star anise... More »
Honey, Lemon and Thyme Ice Cream
Steeping the thyme in the cream mixture brings out the subtle taste of this favorite summer herb. More »
Blueberry Ginger Ice
It seems not to matter whether you use fresh or thawed frozen blueberries in this recipe, according to Marilyn Linton and Tanya Linton, authors of The Ice Cream Bible. You can omit the chopped mint if you prefer. For a perfect red, white and blue holiday dessert, serve a scoop of this ice with a... More »
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
This cool, refreshing ice cream is a hit with both kids and adults. If you’re a true fan of this classic combo, you might want to add some green food coloring to make sure it looks minty. This version is white and packs a refreshing punch. More »
Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Dulce de leche, a traditional Latin American topping, has found a place on many desserts, such as this ice cream. It’s not just fun to eat but also fun to make because it’s so easy — all you have to do is stir the sweetened condensed milk. You won’t believe that the caramel is made from that one... More »
Coconut Ice Cream
Here is the classic Thai ice cream that could not be simpler and it could not be better. You can jazz it up with flavors and additions in the modern manner, but we think it is perfect as is. Thais love it sprinkled with chopped peanuts and served in tiny bowls. Wouldn't it be great this summer! More »
The Perfect Ice Cream
We evaluate ice cream, like wine, according to certain criteria, including appearance, texture, flavor and meltability, say The Ice Cream Bible authors and food experts Marilyn Linton and Tanya Linton.             Appearance is the most obvious... More »
British Brown Ale
 Brown Ales are one of the easiest first-time brews. Classic examples from across the pond are Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale and Newcastle Brown. The Sammy’s is a robust version, while the Newkie is more light-bodied. We’ll try to peg our example in the middle. This is a great beer to quaff on... More »
Learn to Homebrew This Summer!
Beer has been around for thousands of years, actually as long as we've had civilization. Ancient Egyptians loved it. The process of brewing was illustrated on tomb walls. Some say that pyramids were built on beer. And, did you know that prior to the Industrial Revolution, virtually all beer was... More »
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