DEBORAH CROMBIE: We are now undoubtedly into the dog
days of summer. Here in Texas we might get a little relief from the heat after Labor Day, but in the meantime, my thoughts turn to... ice cream!
Growing up, the tub of hand-cranked ice cream was a summer ritual. My cousins and I took turns pouring the rock salt and turning the crank. Inevitably, we were all thoroughly sick of the cranking by the time the ice cream was done, but it was worth the work. Cold and creamy, it melted on our tongues--a pleasure as fleeting as fireflies on a summer night.
Of course, now we have an electric ice cream crank (more efficient but horribly noisy) but it's been years since I actually made ice cream. My favorite was peach. But the peach season is drawing to a close and I can't find my old recipe.
Help, REDS and readers! Share your favorite recipe for homemade ice cream. Any flavor! And let's all have a last taste of summer!