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Snow Ice Cream

Trying to make a couple of bucks to buy a lift ticket at Big Sky.

My boss Paula Deen is on a boat in the Caribbean this week. Me…I’m in Big Sky, Montana. I’m sure she is enjoying her share of conch fritters. Me…I’ve eaten bison at some meal for the past six days. Bison burgers, bison breakfast burritos and last night’s nod to the south while still craving the beast, bison sweet potato chili. I’m over bison.

Today in Big Sky…no bison. I’ve got to work just a little. I’ve set up a Paula Deen test kitchen “annex” off the back deck of this wonderful mountain home we have been so graciously allowed to use (thank you Larry and Toni). What better place to test Paula’s Snow Ice Cream recipe? It’s not like we’re going to have a powder day in Savannah any time soon. Let’s see…what do I need? Snow…check. Cones…(the home owners had three in their pantry) check. Sweetened condensed milk….nope! Luckily, I’m a “trained professional” and I can whip up a batch of the sweet stuff on a dime. I’m all set.

Shovel some snow in a large bowl and pour the sweetened condensed milk over it. Shape into balls. It was that simple!The ice cream was incredibly creamy and reminded me of the winters of my youth. I had so much fun making it I decided to set up a little stand in the woods to try and raise a couple of bucks….maybe take care of my lift ticket for tomorrow. My sister, Robbie, and fellow food stylist, Vera, were the only two takers and even they refused to pay! Probably good because I only had three cones.

Eat Something Homemade…wherever you are!

Libbie

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Back home from Block

Arrived back home in Savannah at 0500 this morning.  8 days of feeding the pallets of 12-14 crew and racer chasers (I include myself very loosely in the latter category).  Another great time with the crew of this yacht racing program called “DARING”.  It is a joy to cook for this group of sailors and sailor lovers and cousins of sailor lovers and questionably sailor cousin lovers….nuf said.  The owner, John and his wife Katrina, along with their captain Jim run a top of the line program and I feel blessed to be included in it.  It was nice to skip away from the sweltering heat of Savannah to go to the rainy, foggy, chilly conditions of Block Island, RI for this years Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week XXIII sponsored by Rolex….Okay, I’m lying the weather was dismal, but the living was HOT!  Below are a few images from the week.  I wish I had gotten one of the entire crew before they left.  The team finished in the top third of their class and took home two pieces of hardware.  For all my foodie following people, I included a small dinner journal…I can’t remember what I made for every meal.  This will have to do.  Until next time Daring…stay on second.

Daring...being daring

Daring...being daring at the starting line

The Daring crew's home on Block Island...as always top shelf.

The Daring crew's home on Block Island...as always top shelf.

"The Driver" enjoying the 10 minutes of sun that week

"The Driver" enjoying the 10 minutes of sun that week

My home all week...The IKEA kitchen with a sweet Thermador range...a place where Karl continued to practice bad kitchen skills and close walk behind me when I was using a dull knife

My home all week...The IKEA kitchen with a sweet Thermador range...a place where Carl repeatedly practiced bad kitchen etiquette and "close walked" behind me when I was using a dull knife

Looking into the kitchen

Looking into the kitchen

Looking out from the kitchen (sorry sailors, this is a food blog afterall...I gave you that first picture)

Looking out from the kitchen (sorry sailors, this is a food blog afterall...I gave you that first picture)

In the middle of setting a table...only seated 10 usually 2 had to sit in the "Galley Cafe"

In the middle of setting a simple table...only seated 10 usually 2 had to sit in the "Galley Cafe"

The apricots were perfect...sweet with a bit of tooth.  I stuffed them with blue cheese and broiled them for a minute.  Topped with a toasted walnut.  A great appetizer.

The apricots were perfect...sweet with a bit of tooth. I stuffed them with blue cheese and broiled them for a minute. Topped with a toasted walnut. A great simple appetizer.

Tom Armstrong...arriving back at the house seconds in front of the Peloton each day

Tom Armstrong...arriving back at the house seconds in front of the Peloton each day

The Peloton...DAVID and...

The Peloton...DAVID and...

PAM

PAM

The crew that was left on the last night...out at the Yellow Kittens

The crew that was left on the last night...out at the Yellow Kittens Tavern

Me, Craig from Avalanche and the creepy ceramic elephant man overall regatta winner trophy....Excuse me race committee guy...can I exchange this for a Rolex?

Me, Craig from Avalanche and the creepy ceramic elephant man overall regatta winner trophy....Excuse me race committee guy...can I exchange this for a Rolex?

The final sunset on the last day of the Regatta....a perfect ending.

The final sunset on the last day of the Regatta....a perfect ending.

For the foodies…this is the dinner menu from the week.  I don’t even remember the breakfasts, lunches and apps.  With just under 350 individual meals and apps. served by me alone,  I couldn’t get too adventurous. I just tried to keep it fresh, flavorful and simple.

Saturday June 20, 2009

Sea Scallops sauteed and served with a salad of local micro greens and a Bing Cherry Salsa.

Dessert:  Southern Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sunday June 21, 2009

Watermelon Wedge Salad, Spicy Chipotle Jalapeno Cornbread, Timothy’s Kentucky Chicken Chili

Dessert:  Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Old Fashioned Butter Cream Frosting

Monday June 22, 2009

Mashed Potatoes with pan roasted garlic, Asparagus spears sprinkled with Fleur de Sel, Roasted Tenderloin of Pork with a Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Dessert:  Just from the oven Chewy Ginger Cookies

Tuesday June 23, 2009

Cornbread Panzanella Salad, Raw Corn and Radish Salad, Lemon Rosemary Organic Roasting Hens

Dessert:  Lemon Blueberry Pies

Wednesday June 24, 2009

Organic Salad of Roasted Beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and mixed greens with a light lemon vinaigrette, Fresh Wild Caught Lobster Mac and Cheese

Dessert:  Boca Negra (flourless rich chocolate cake) with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Thursday June 25, 2009

Tortilla Soup, Chipotle  Spiced Fresh Shrimp and Flank Steak Soft Taco Bar

Dessert:  Tres Leches Cake

Friday June 26, 2009

Fresh Peach and Feta Salad, Homemade Pizzas:  Pesto and Shrimp, Chicken Sausage and Prosciutto, Margherita

Dessert:  Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you again Daring crew for your sense of humor:  John, Katrina, Jim, Pam, Tom, Dave, David, Martha, Gonzo, Preston, Carl, Josh, Zoe, Jill and Virgina

Peace

Moving up the coast

Family in Rancho Cucamonga…Food in Santa Barbara.

Peggy and Andrew...cocks and Guacs

Peggy and Andrew...cocks and Guacs

Andrew and just a couple of the birds under the big top

Andrew and just a couple of the birds under the big top

Josh, Don...one half of the best hosts ever and Leslie smiling

Josh, Don...one half of the best hosts ever and Leslie smiling

Outing to the Huntington Library

Outing to the Huntington Library

Gainsboroughs

Gainsboroughs

Cat that thinks it's a dog (the ONLY reason I took a photo)

Cat that thinks it's a dog (the ONLY reason I took a photo)

Finally…brunch around the corner from Oprah’s house in Montecito.  I don’t know what was better…the food…drink…or seeing Gayle working the Sunday morning gate house shift.

CAVA Rocked.  Thank you for great service and UHmazing food.      http://www.cavarestaurant.com

brunch-at-cava-in-santa-barbara

The blood of Jesus...that's with an "H"

The blood of Jesus... with an "H"

California Catch Up

I regret to inform you that I have not blogged in two months…I hope that you don’t regret that I have started again.  I’ll try and catch you up….first stop California.   Inspiration and family found.  Patience nearly lost.

Leaving Dana Point for a day of yachting...Josh going to the dark side on a motor yacht

Leaving Dana Point for a day of yachting...Josh going to the dark side on a motor yacht

Yacht Captain and United Airlines Captain...which is which?

Yacht Captain and United Airlines Captain...which is which?

Sea Lions

Sea Lions

Terri, Josh and the Pinatas

Terri, Josh and the Pinatas

Kaley and Camille

Kaley and Camille

Mexican Herbage

Mexican Herbage

Mexican Brioche

Mexican Brioche

So, what DID you cook?

Just hours back in the states.. I’m on a cookbook shoot with my celebrity chef boss and she wanted to know what I cooked while I was in St. Tropez for the crew. Here you go Paula.

St. Tropez Food Journal
S/Y DARING
September 28, 2008- October 5, 2008

Sunday September 28, 2008
Breakfast: N.A.
Lunch: N.A.
Apps: N.A.
Dinner:
Mixed Green Salad with lemon vinaigrette
Penne Pasta with walnuts and asparagus and roasted chicken in a blue cheese sauce
Local bread for dipping
Mixed fruit Tart

Monday September 29, 2008
Breakfast:
Eggs scrambled with local chevre, basil and tomatoes
Cold cereal
Local Organic Yogurt with honey
Ripe local melons and strawberries
Juice and coffee and pain au chocolate
Lunch:
Sandwiches underway (ham and edam with a spicy Dijon on French)
Apps:
Brie with toasted baguette
Duck Mousse Pate
Nuts and Chips
Dinner: (alfresco for Steve’s Birthday Dinner)
Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Dauphinoise Potatoes
Local French cut green beans, steamed and sprinkled with Fleur de Sel
Dessert:
Triple Chocolate Espresso Cake with French Vanilla ice cream

Tuesday September 30, 2008
Breakfast:
Ham and Cheese Crepes
Chocolate Crepes
Cold Cereal
Toast and jam
Juice and coffee
Lunch:
Sandwiches underway (chicken sausage cooked on the grill and stuffed into a small baguette with Dijon mustard
Apps:
Fresh Guacamole and Chips (local Avocados)
Dinner:
Mixed Greens
Goat Cheese and Caramelize Onion Tart
Mussels Mariniere with Warm Bread for dipping
Mini Tropeziennes with a chocolate sauce

Wednesday October 1, 2008
Breakfast:
Blueberry Pancakes
Bacon
Cold Cereal with fruit
Juice and Coffee
Lunch:
Sandwiches underway (roasted chicken curry salad on baguette)
Apps:
Warm Brie and sliced Fresh Baguette
Cold Just picked Green Grapes
Dinner:
Balsamic Mushroom Soup
Tossed Green Salad
Steak Frites
Traditional French Chocolate Mousse

Thursday October 2, 2008
Breakfast:
Homemade Biscuits and Country Sausage Gravy
Sliced Oranges
Juice and coffee
Lunch:
Loaded Green Salad
Individual Ham and Chevre Pizzas
Sliced Pears
Meringue Cookies
Apps:
Herbs de Provence spiced chicken
Sampling of local Goat Cheese
Dinner:
Hearts of Romaine Salad
Risotto loaded with fresh local shrimp
Lemon Sorbet with a Raspberry Coulis and tuile cookie

Friday October 3, 2008
Breakfast:
Grand Marnier laced brioche French toast casserole with warm Maple syrup
Sliced Strawberries and kiwi
Fresh Orange slices
Cold cereal
Juice and coffee
Lunch:
Sandwiches Underway (Just pulled chicken and pesto on baguette)
Apps:
Sampling of local cheeses
Dinner:
Baja Fish Tacos or Steak Tacos with a variety of fresh toppings
*Grilled Pineapple Salsa
*Guacamole
*Diced Tomato
*Crème Fraiche/Salsa mix
*Shredded lettuce
*Thinly Shredded Cheese
*Fresh Limes

Saturday October 4, 2008
Breakfast:
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese and Pineapple Salsa on the side
Panettone
Sliced Fresh Fruit
Cold Cereal
Juice, Coffee
Lunch:
Sandwiches Underway (Yeast Bread Rounds sliced and loaded with Roasted Red
Peppers, ham, prosciutto, salami, cheese and garlic aioli)
Dinner:
Heavy Apps and Alcohol
*Escargot
*Herbs de Provence rubbed chicken
*Duck Mousse
*Sampling of Warm and cold cheeses
*Figs with Gorgonzola, wrapped in Prosciutto heated and served with a balsamic reduction
*Nuts, Fresh Grapes
*Guacamole and Tortilla Chips

View from the Villa in St. Tropez and celebrating Benj’s b-day

This place is sick! Makes the place in Sardinia look like a total shit hole. Wind up a hill through a private gate and you are home for the Daring crew for 2 weeks…me, just a long week….wish I was staying longer.

If you were wondering, the pool is heated...sick!

If you were wondering, the pool is heated...sick!

View from the pool deck

View from the pool deck

Out of my left eye

Out of my left eye

Side outdoor dining area...Table set for Benj's birthday dinner

Side outdoor dining area...Table set for Benj's birthday dinner

Another reason to love the French...they sell sparklers instead of candles.  The cake is a triple chocolate espresso cake.  I'll give you the recipe later.

Another reason to love the French...they sell sparklers instead of candles. The cake is a triple chocolate espresso cake. I'll give the recipe later.

Everyone happy I made them put on the hats.

Everyone happy I made them put on the hats.

Sammy Unicorn

Sammy Unicorn

Bennie Beanie

Bennie Beanie

Colosseum check!

On our way home from Italy, we had one last stop in Rome. Enough time for a great dinner with new friends made in Sardinia, Tom and Pam, and a sunsetting trip to the Colosseum. Faux Centurians beware.

The only thing bigger than Josh's head

The only thing bigger than Josh's head

City wide clean up day not slated until December

City wide clean up day not slated until December