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Ice Cream Quiz

One of my final projects during my internship at Delish.com was to complete a quiz about ice cream!

Follow this link to test your ice cream knowledge!  Let me know how you you do!


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How Well Do You Know Your Dessert?

Nothing signifies the onset of warm weather like that single strand of ice cream running down your hand as you savor the creamy frozen deliciousness.  As a kid I always had a problem with it dripping from the tiny hole at the bottom of the cone.  To celebrate the ice cream and ice pop season I’ve come up with a little quiz to challenge you all (and get some people to post their answers).  The first person to post and answer all questions correctly will be the winner!!  And (depending on where you live) I’ll make you a fresh batch of homemade ice cream – your choice of flavor!

I will post all the correct answers and explanations two weeks from today.  Good luck!

1. What is the origin of the name: Häagen-Dazs?

         a. It is simply two made up words

         b. Derives from the North Germanic          language

         c. The names of the two founding          brothers from Scandinavia

2. What were the original three flavors of Häagen-Dazs ice cream?

         a. vanilla, chocolate, strawberry

         b. vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate

         c. vanilla, chocolate, coffee

3. What are the three main differences between ice cream and gelato?

         a. sugar content, percentage of milk fat, churning time

         b. churning speed, churning time, serving temperature

         c. percentage of milk fat, churning speed, serving temperature

4. Which first lady is closely associated with the early history of ice cream?

         a. Dolley Madison

         b. Abigail Adams

         c. Eleanor Roosevelt

5. What historical New York landmark is associated with serving vanilla ice cream?

         a. Ellis Island

         b. The Statue of Liberty

         c. The Chrysler Building

6. Who invented the first Popsicle®?

         a. Grandpa ‘Pop’ Sicle

         b. An 11-year-old-boy

         c. A test kitchen at the Good Humor company

7. In the 1960s Good Humor experimented with many different flavors for their weekly specials.  Which of the following flavors was NOT part of the weekly promotion?

         a. Tomato sherbert

         b. Caramel corn

         c. Oregon prune

8. Which movie actress was known for her devotion to ice cream sundaes?

         a. Ingrid Bergman

         b. Donna Reed

         c. Judy Garland

9. Which geographical location holds the record for largest ice cream cake?

         a. Beijing, China

         b. Cleveland, OH

         c. Toronto, Canada

10. What is the basic definition of a brain freeze?

         a. Rapid cooling and rewarming of the capillaries in the sinuses.

         b. The pain experienced is a nerve reflex from sudden extreme cold          temperatures

         c. The cold sensation literally travels to the cranium and aggravates the          nervous system surrounding the brain

You can post your answers in by coding the question number with the letter(1.b, 2.c…)


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On the First Day of Christmas

I’m starting a Christmas recipe installment inspired by the ’12 Days of Christmas’ traditional holiday song.

The song is about the 12 days between Christmas, the day Christ was born and the Epiphany which marks the day the Wise Men brought gifts and acknowledged Jesus as “King.”  Each part of the song is a symbol for a liturgical reference.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree

The partridge is symbolic of Jesus.  Appropriate as the first day of the song is when Jesus is born.  It is said that female partridges are known for fooling their predators into making them think they have been affected by the suffering inflicted upon them in order to protect their nest.  And in mythology pear trees represent everlasting life and immortality.  As a girl who knows a thing or two about Catholicism I can see both symbols relating to the life Jesus led and what the religion believes.

The recipe I have chosen is a delicious roasted pear and dried fig mixture that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.  Use as a topping for vanilla (rum raisin or ginger) ice cream or melt with grilled cheese sandwich (try using a gruyere or white cheddar).



4 Pears, peeled, halved, cored and cut into wedges

1/2 pound of dried figs, stemmed and hydrated in boiling water for about 15 minutes

4 oz sugar

2 oz dark rum

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp grated lemon zest

1 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and toss to mix.

2.  Roast at 500 degrees for about 10 minutes (lower heat if pears and figs are charring too much, some charring is good).

3,  Serve warm.  This can be refrigerated and last several weeks.


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Sweet ‘n Spicy

For those who know me, know that I LOVE spicy flavors (My brother was even creative enough to sign me up for the“Hot Sauce of the Month Club”).  I may be a little late tspicyicecreamo the game on this but I just discovered Spicy Ice Cream!!  Creative flavors are springing up all over the place!  Cucumber, lime, chile or watermelon-jalapeno!  Or a thai chili with toasted coconut, cayenne and coconut milk!

An article from Serious Eats directed me to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.  Check it out, really interesting flavor combos and using the freshest of local ingredients Yay!!


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