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North Shore Autumn Classics (You’re Welcome)

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Crowds mingling around a crackling bonfire. Temporarily dyed hair. Spirit week. Parades. The season of Homecoming is the inauguration of fall. When the yellow school buses make their reappearance, pumpkin flavored everything debuts on menus, and candy corn teases you from the grocery store end-caps, autumn’s arrival is just a tease. It’s homecoming that lights the  torch for this fall-loving girl.

I’m well out of school, but I still love everything about homecoming. This last weekend we returned to my alma mater for my five year (I weep) class reunion.

The North Shore of Boston is my happy place. People of New England, continue going to the Cape for all your beachside gallivanting, because the North Shore is perfect just the way it is.

After we finished reminiscing all our favorite old spots, and checked out all the new updates to campus in recent years (can I go back to being a student again?), we launched our own proverbial homecoming parade past some of our favorite North Shore haunts. woodmans

Woodman’s of Essex

If you’re into Zagat-rated food served on paper plates, Woodman’s of Essex is the place for you. They claim to have invented the fried clam – I can’t tell you if that’s delicious or not, because I’ve never been able to pass up my standard order of popcorn shrimp, clam chowder, and fried fish sandwich. (All of which are best to split unless you’d like to be towed home.)

When you live on the coast of Massachusetts, it’s common to debate where the best chowder is served. Woodman’s is usually my pick.

To get the maximum Woodman’s experience, go on a sunny fall day in the late afternoon. Take your food outside and pick a picnic table – and enjoy. Watching the setting sun over the salt marshes and enjoying a delicious cup of chowder is one of my favorite mental snapshots of New England in the fall.

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If you like your fish grilled and to eat off real plates, within a stone’s throw are two more delicious seafood restaurants right on the marsh that I highly recommend – Shea’s and Periwinkle’s.

Richardson’s Ice Cream

A great dinner should always be followed up by an even better dessert. There are a number of local ice cream spots on the North Shore – and you couldn’t really go wrong. But, if you wanted to pick the right one, you’d go to Richardson’s Ice Cream. (Technically I wouldn’t even call this ice cream place “North Shore” locale, but it’s totally worth the 15 minutes to get there. Captain Dusty’s is the local North Shore favorite – and it’s good. But no one can top King Rich.)

As evidenced by the number of ice cream posts on this blog, I love ice cream. So the fact that I look forward to the fall flavors at Richardson’s should mean something!

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One scoop of Apple Crisp and one scoop of Pumpkin *(note – this is a size small) and send me off to heaven.

They’ve since added some new additional Fall Flavors to choose from (like Cranberry Harvest) but I don’t like to mess with perfection.

There you have it.

A walk on the beach, dinner at Woodman’s, topping off with Richardson’s fall flavors sounds like the perfect way to usher in autumn to me.

Now – it’s October 1! I can officially start decorating for fall. So you will have to excuse me!!!

What is your favorite way to celebrate the beginning of fall? Football games? Apple picking? A hayride?

Recipe: Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream

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Y’all. (Why are only Southerners allowed to say this?)

We love blueberries and this ice cream is delicious.

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I appear to be in the minority here. That being, the minority of people who own ice cream makers and actually use them.

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There is a great blueberry farm in the Finger Lakes that we make a trip to whenever we are visiting my family. And we are serious about our blueberry picking. This summer we managed to bring home 45 pounds of blueberries.

I even dragged my poor parents out in the rain one morning and we got soaking wet. (Aren’t they kind to indulge their crazy daughter?)

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Blueberry Ice Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream (sorry!)
  • 2 tablespoons boysenberry syrup

(You can supplement whole milk for a 1% milk or heavy cream for light cream, but the texture will be slightly icier, and certain members of your household will notice.)

First, make the blueberry concentration:

  1. Toss 1 cup of blueberries with 1/4 cup of sugar in a pot over medium heat
  2. Stir frequently and squish the blueberries with a spoon  to release the juices in the pot
  3. Let simmer until all sugar is dissolved
  4. Set aside and let cool

Next, make the ice cream:

  1. Whisk together milk and 3/4 cup of sugar in a bowl
  2. Gently stir in the heavy cream, 2 TB of boysenberry syrup and your blueberry concentration
  3. Pour into the ice cream freezer bowl and turn on your machine
  4. Let the machine run for 20-25 minutes
  5. You can eat it at this point if you like very soft ice cream! Otherwise put in an airtight container and stick it in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
  6. ENJOY!!!

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I’m sure this ice cream would taste delicious without the boysenberry syrup too. I added it at the last minute and it was a very delicious addition! We keep it on hand for pancakes and it is usually in the maple syrup section at the grocery store.

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What’s your favorite flavor ice cream? I love to get Cake Batter ice cream!

Recipe: Homemade Concord Grape Ice Cream

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For some reason it never occurs to me that grapes are an autumn fruit, but indeed they are.

Grapes are typically harvested between August and October.

When we were in the Finger Lakes over Labor Day weekend we went apple picking. We were quickly seduced by the delightfully strong and sweet aroma of the concord grapevines a few rows over.

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Impulsively, I picked five pounds. Quite quickly too, the vines were lush with grapes.

I may have eaten a few Cleopatra-style.

These bad boys were plump and tasted like candy.

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For the first two weeks I ate them plain. Yum!

Then I realized, there is NO way I’m going to eat my way through five pounds before these start to go bad. So I put my thinking cap on and… it immediately went to dessert.

Specifically, ice cream. Grape ice cream.

Berry ice cream is difficult to get right. We had delicious homemade blueberry ice cream at a local ice cream shoppe this summer, and it was so good – a real fruit concentrate makes all the difference. I was inspired.

First we hauled out the juicer. We own a beast of a Jack LaLanne juicer and it came in handy for this recipe! (There are other methods of boiling and straining through cheesecloth, but this was obviously much faster and easier.)

We juiced about 3 pounds of grapes, and we sent the skins through about 5 times before we felt like we got all the juices out.

The result was about three cups of unadulterated grape juice. We drank one cup over ice (yum!).

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Sorry for the blah-lit photos. Most of our life happens after work. Aka, when there is no more natural light. : (

The other two cups of grape juice I put on the stove to boil. I slowly stirred in one cup of sugar. I let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Then I transferred it to a covered dish and left it in the fridge overnight to thicken.

The next day I started making the recipe for vanilla ice cream in my Cuisinart ice cream maker.

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As the ice cream started to thicken I poured in 2 cups of the grape concentrate and let it stir until completed. The concentrate will make the ice cream slightly runnier than usual. You will want to let it firm up in the freezer.

The result was a creamy, light, grape ice cream!

And definitely not artificial “grape”. My husband said he thought I was crazy when I first started talking about making grape ice cream, since most grape-flavored things taste so fake, but he was pleasantly surprised.

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If mine looks drippy it’s because I couldn’t wait any longer to try it 🙂

YUM! This will definitely be a repeated recipe next year.

Grape Concentrate Ingredients:
3 pounds concord grapes
1 cup sugar

Ice Cream Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Peach Ice Cream

I posted my Summer Bucket list earlier this summer.  I’m going to extend that to an Indian Summer Bucket List because I’ve just managed to cross off my first one today!

My first bucket list item was to invent my own ice cream flavor. With all the peaches in high-season I knew I wanted to do something with them. The end result was… Cinnamon Peach ice cream!!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1.5 cups whole milk
3 cups light cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 peaches
2 T orange juice
1T cinnamon

First of all, I used a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker to make my ice cream. The bowl was put in the freezer 24 hours beforehand.

I peeled, cored and chopped up two peaches. I put them in a bowl with a spoonful of sugar and a little bit of OJ. I let it sit for a while (at least 45 minutes) before I started making the ice cream.

Then I mixed together the sugar and milk and folded in the heavy cream, cinnamon and vanilla.

Then I got the frozen bowl out of the freezer and poured in the milk/cream mixture and started the machine. I let it churn for 20 minutes and I poured in half the diced peaches and all of the liquid in the bowl.

I let it churn for another 10 minutes and poured in the rest of the peaches. I turned off the machine immediately and stuck the bowl in the freezer until firm.

YUMMMM!!

It was perfectly delicious!!

Next time I might put the peaches through the food processor a bit to make the pieces a little bit smaller, but it was still summery, citrusy and satisfying.

What’s your favorite flavor ice cream? This might be my new favorite.