4th of July weekend


This weekend I did a lot.  A whole lot of nothing.  It was amazing.


Ok, so maybe it wasn’t nothing.


There was sweating it out in the Milkweed kitchen on Friday.  It was 101 degrees outside.  There was no air conditioning.  And two ovens.  And four burners.  No biggie.


Farmers market and cleaning on Saturday.


Yard work on Sunday.


And lots of recipes in between.  I’m pretty sure I spent 90% of my time thinking about or creating food.


I made strawberry syrup for homemade soda.  There was also agave nectar, lime, and vanilla bean in it.


I made strawberry infused rum.  It’s still infusing; I’ll let you know how it goes.



I made ice cream.  I threw in the left over crushed Oreos I had and the remaining cookie dough.  I put it in a reused pint container from the store.  It was damn good.



I made barbecue sauce.  From scratch.  There were peaches and limes and rum involved.  It too, was damn good.  I put it on some chicken.


I grilled some sandwiches, on the actual grill.  I’ll write all about that one later.  It was a pretty genius move.


Long weekends are amazing when they can be enjoyed as such.  With no real plans and freedom to anything, I had time to slow down and relax for the first time in a while.  And these are the fruits of my non-labor.




Barbecue sauce


A note on this recipe:  Here’s the thing about this recipe.  I kind of made it up as I went.  I knew I needed brown sugar and ketchup, but otherwise I just looked around the house and threw in what sounded good.  And it worked.  Phenomenally.  It’s really easy and soooo good.  So just throw in whatever you’d like in your barbecue sauce.  I promise you really don’t even need a recipe.




3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic

1 peach diced

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup honey mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons rum

1 tablespoon cocoa powder






1.  In a 2 quart saucepan sauté onions in olive oil until soft and translucent.  Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes stirring frequently.  Add peaches and cook until softened.


2.  In a bowl combine remaining ingredients while onions and garlic are cooking.  Add to sautéed mixture.  Cook down for at least an hour and up to a few hours.  Purée in blender, remembering to leave the insert out on the top of the blender if mixture is still hot.  Put a towel over the hole.  Slather chicken with this sauce and grill.  It makes a good dip so save some as well.




Oreo cookie dough ice cream


A note on this recipe:  I have learned to freeze the drum on my ice cream maker the night before.  If you have a simple ice cream maker without temperature control this is the best way to make sure your ice cream comes out right.  Also the Oreos and cookie dough I used in this recipe can be found in this post.  I would encourage making them from scratch, but you can buy store bought.  But come on, we’re already making our own ice cream here, go all the way.




1 cup milk

1 cup cream

1/2 cup agave nectar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1/2 vanilla bean, seeds and pod

5 egg yolks

Crushed Oreos

Cookie dough




1.  In a medium saucepan heat milk, cream and vanilla bean until simmering.  Prepare an ice bath.


2. In a bowl mix agave, sugar, corn syrup and egg yolks.  Slowly temper egg mixture with hot milk, whisking constantly, adding more until you’ve added all milk.  Return to heat and bring to a simmer.  Cook 2-3 minutes until mixture just coats the back of a spoon.


3.  Pour mixture through a sieve into a bowl over prepared ice bath.  Whisk occasionally until cooled.  Transfer to airtight container and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour, preferably over night.  Transfer ice cream base to ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers instructions.


4.  When ice cream has reached soft serve consistency mix in crushed Oreos and cookie dough while ice cream maker is still churning. Freeze at least 3 hours.

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