The pride and delicious joy that accompanies homemade ice cream is lovely, but sometimes making it is a bit, well, humorous.
My first go-round with a Cuisinart ice cream maker was far from perfect. The appliance only spent a few minutes out of the box before I was eagerly skimming the instruction manual, paying attention primarily to the recipes.
Once I realized I had all the ingredients on hand to make strawberry ice cream, it was game on.
I mixed, poured and flicked the switch. After 30 minutes, no ice cream, just pink-hued liquid spinning in the ice cream maker.
I was oblivious to a very critical step - freezing the maker's chilling chamber (insert hand-smack to the forehead). That night, we resorted to Dreyer's, but since then I've learned to keep the chilling chamber in the freezer. Now I'm an ice cream-making addict. Coffee, mocha chocolate chip, berry frozen yogurt. You name it, I'm willing to make it.
Do you have a funny story about making ice cream or just love making your own ice cream at home? Send me your stories and recipes at email@example.com along with your name, phone number and city of residence. Your comments could be used in an upcoming Bee story.
*Bee file photo of homemade vanilla ice cream by Kevin German.