6.14.2011

A little bit of news

I am no fortune teller, no reader of palms. This blog is no crystal ball. But a funny thing happened back in January when I mentioned some changes afoot around here. I was referring to our move, as far as I knew, but perhaps this site knew better. Because a few days later, I learned there was a tiny something stirring, a something else, that is, that spelled a different kind of change:

Eli and I are expecting. I still can’t believe that I get to say that. I’m due at the end of September, and we’re over the moon. If my profile of late is any indication, it is also quite possible that I’ve swallowed the moon. It’s wild. I’m loving every minute.

At our big ultrasound in April, we asked the technician to write the baby’s sex on a card and seal it up. We thought it might be nice to find out a thing like that somewhere other than a doctor’s office, preferably in the presence of dessert. When my dad came to visit a couple of weeks later, we decided to let him tell us the news.


With ice cream.

We went to Toscanini’s and chose two flavors, one for a boy, and one for a girl. Then, we handed over the envelope to my dad. He opened it and, once he pulled himself together, ordered a scoop of the designated flavor. Eli and I sat and waited with our backs turned away from the counter. It went down a little something like this:




Then, up came the napkin, and we knew. It’s a…


STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM CONE! Meaningless information, I realize, until I explain that the other designated flavor was bananas Foster. (Banana - get it?) (And yes, Toscanini’s makes bananas Foster ice cream.)

Oh baby.


We can’t wait to meet her.


Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz

Today I’d like to share a recipe for a very special strawberry ice cream. It’s a Philadelphia-style ice cream which, unlike the French-style that’s made from an egg-rich custard, involves only cream. Without the egg yolks, Philadelphia-style ice cream is lighter and brighter than its French counterpart. That’s great news for the strawberries in this recipe. While a French-style ice cream can weigh down the flavor of the berries, here they get to shine. We had a couple of friends over for dessert when I made my first batch, and it was that berry flavor, they said, that blew them away. Eli was disappointed at first by the texture – it’s not as smooth as the French-style ice creams he’s used to – but I caught him with a bowl of two scoops today. I think he’s getting over it.

1 pound (450 grams) fresh strawberries, rinsed, dried, and hulled
¾ c. (150 grams) sugar
1 Tbsp. vodka or kirsch (I use vodka.)
1 c. (240 grams) full fat sour cream
1 c. (250 ml) heavy cream
½ tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Slice the strawberries and toss them in a bowl with the sugar and the vodka. Stir until the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover the bowl and let stand at room temperature for about an hour. Every now and then, give the berries a stir.

In a blender or food processor, pulse the macerated strawberries and their liquid with the remaining ingredients. You’re not aiming for a completely smooth purée, so go easy. You want a slightly chunky consistency.

Refrigerate for 1 hour (or longer), then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The ice cream will be quite soft when you first scrape it from the ice cream maker, but will firm up significantly in the freezer.

Makes about 1¼ quarts (1¼ liters).

66 comments:

Molly said...

(So strange that I seem to stumble upon your posts seconds after you write them. Anyways...) I am writing this while spitting on the floor, in that superstitious way Jews do when talking to, or about people who are expecting: Mazel Tov! I hope you are loving every minute of the pregnancy. What a terrific household to be born into -- you have such a wonderful demeanor and temperament in all your posts and comments -- what a terrific mommy this baby is going to get. Such wonderful news!

And that ice cream? I have a fresh quart of strawberries coming in this week's CSA, and a container of sour cream hanging out in the fridge, just waiting to fulfill its frozen confections destiny.

Michele | Cooking At Home said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations and much happiness.

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

Jess! And Eli!! And your little strawberry ice cream cone!!!! You guys are adorable, and your newest family member will be even more adorable, and I am so so so happy for you. Sending all kinds of love and hugs and congrats your way! xoxoxo

Suzler said...

That is the sweetest story. What a lovely idea to do the big reveal with ice cream flavours. I actually have a small tear in my eye. Many congratulations!

A Day That is Dessert said...

This is the sweetest telling of this news I've ever seen! It makes me feel bananas :) Congrats again. xoxo

Steph said...

Well, this just made me cry. I can't wait to meet her and SEE you.

Also, how cute is your dad? This is just wonderful, all around. All around, my friend. xoxo

Molly said...

I cannot WAIT to meet her! I am so happy for you guys... if you're even half as good as parents as you are as friends, this little strawberry cone-let is in for an awesome, awesome ride. xo

jodi said...

congratulations!!!

Stephanie said...

So excited for the two of you!!!! I saw the baby bump pics pop up on my flickr this morning as I was uploading some stuff and rushed right over here for the news. What an adorable way to find out about your little strawberry cone. Congratulations -- you're going to have one well-fed fetus given your cooking skills.

darbyoshea said...

Hooray! Can't wait to hear more ... to get the scoop, as it were. :) Love to you and Eli and the little Strawberry.

jacqui said...

This has to be the best way to find out if your baby is a boy or girl! So special, I love it! Congratulations to the both of you, such exciting news!

bferry said...

incredible news - congratulations!

hannah queen | honey & jam said...

aw, a little strawberry ice cream cone. so cute!! congratulations!

Jen said...

Congrats! What a wonderful way to get the "scoop!"

David said...

congrats! - and glad you liked the ice cream, too
: )

Rogue Unicorn said...

Lady, you have to stop making me cry. This is getting ridiculous. :)
בשעה טובה! (as they say around here).
Congrats to you and Eli.
xo

Kasey said...

Omg, congratulations!!!! How very exciting :)

kamran siddiqi said...

Oh. my. gosh!!! Congratulations to the both of you, Jess! Such great news. And the ice cream? Don't get me started on how great your adaptation of David's recipe is. Just lovely. :)

shauna said...

Okay, now I'm in tears. I mean, I knew you were expecting last month (and have been very good about keeping the secret), but reading this just made me so happy. A girl! Lucy will be so very excited to meet her.

tea_austen said...

I am so delighted for you! What lovely, lovely news. Wishing you all happiness as you embark on this new chapter together. Yay! Yay!

Holly said...

Oh Jess! I don't actually know you, but I've been reading your blog almost since it started and I feel like you are a friend. I just teared up a little -- congratulations to you and Eli!

Andrea said...

JESS!!! Oh yay!!! I am so delighted for you and Eli. Many, many congratulations and best wishes traveling your way, my dear. xoxo.

olga said...

Oh I just noticed the elipsis and clicked and oh my gosh, oh my gosh! Yay!! Mazel tov and many happy wishes!!!

Julie said...

What happy, happy news! Congratulations. My son will be 10 (!) this summer and I can't figure out where this last decade has gone. I do know that it has been filled with so many new adventures and tons of joy. Enjoy every second of this wonderful new chapter in your life. xo

Filamental said...

With tears in my eyes from the experience of your story I say to you how wonderful it is!

Kat said...

Congratulations! This is such a joyous post. Best wishes to you and your growing family!

(I've tried the fresh mint ice cream from that book, and it was fabulous. Looking forward to trying the strawberry one -- perfect for the season.)

Suzi Banks Baum said...

Time to get knitting. Have a quart of fresh picked strawberries...which I hate to do anything with by eat...but maybe it is ice cream time?
Congratulations Jess. I am so happy for you. xoox S

Erin said...

Such amazing news! Congratulations! So looking forward to hearing more about this new and exciting adventure to come.

linda said...

what a WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS post! YAHOOO!!
congratulations…this truly is such a sweet & heartwarming story…we are all over the moon for you dear jess & eli!
& your dad in on the action…what fun!
as we journey along with you i truly know we are in for exciting times!

Whitney said...

Congrats! And ironically, I made this same recipe this weekend with plans to blog it soon!

amy said...

Love it!!

Molly said...

That picture of you and E made me tear up! Sending much love to you three. So, so happy. xoxo

megan said...

You guys make EVERYTHING fun! She is so lucky to have you and I am too-
xx
megan

Rachel G. said...

What wonderful news! Mazal tov, Jessica and Eli! I am thrilled for you and can't let you know in person with a hug. I take it you're feeling well? If you need anything, just say the word! Lots of love.

Amy said...

Hey, that guy with the red glasses looks wa-a-a-y too young to be a Pop!

Sara said...

So very happy for you and Eli! Such wonderful, exciting news!

Monica said...

That's such a celebratory way to find out what you are having. I love the restraint it took! Kids are the best. Seriously.
I JUST made this ice cream the other day. I loved that I could taste the sour cream. Plus, not having to make the custard was a bonus.
Congratulations!

Kristin said...

Oh! OH!! Big, huge congrats to you both.

Danielle said...

How very, very wonderful! This is such exciting news. Congrats to you both and I can't wait to hear all about her and the food you'll cook and eat with her one day. I hope you're feeling well and enjoying the lovely belly.

Stephen said...

Pop!

Piera said...

YAY!!!! B'sha'ah tovah! I'm so excited for you and Eli to be parents. A GIRL! Awesome!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa said...

Congratulations!!!!!

BTW, I've been reading your blog for a while and never knew you lived in Cambridge (and are a grad student) until this post referenced Toscanini's! I recently moved to JP after living in Porter for a long time, and I quit my PhD in literature last year, after six very long, unproductive years. What a small, funny world!

Ziu said...

Wowowowow! What fantastic news! So happy for you Jess & Eli!!! Thats one lucky baby girl!

You've got a very beautiful personality which shines through your posts. I love your blog and I'm sending lots of love for all THREE of you!

Jess said...

Oh, friends, thank you so much for your cheers and warm wishes! I can't tell you how excited I was to share this news with all of you. You make things so fun! Eli joins me in saying thank you again, and again, while we're at it. xo.

Nithya said...

Oh Jess! Congratulations! I'm ever so happy for you and Eli. I'm sending a giant virtual hug to you now, all the way from India.

Amy said...

Whipped up the ice cream last night using the remains of the heavy cream from the spider cornbread thing ... dreamy.

claiborne said...

What wonderful news, Jess and Eli! And what a sweet way to announce it - your Dad got me all choked up here (and I don't know how you managed to keep that envelope sealed for 2 weeks). Will have to try this non-yolk variety of ice cream - I have 2 little girls here who are huge strawberry ice cream fans, and on that note I have to say how much fun it is having daughters. Enjoy every minute!

Rosiecat said...

Congratulations, Jess and Eli! What wonderful news, and what a wonderful way to tell the story--to us, and to yourselves. xoxo

Kat said...

Been reading for a while now, but must comment to say: how darling! Every single part of this story. Thank God for babies, yeah? Congrats to you both.

Lisa said...

Congratulations to you both! That is the absolute cutest way to find out the news! Love it! : )

megcjones said...

oh, congratulations! i absolutely love this story, and the sweet photos that accompany it. so happy for you both!

Engineer Baker said...

Congratulations! Such exciting news :)

my spatula said...

congratulations! so thrilled for you both!

molly said...

Wa-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh. So sorry, Jess. Lost my composure there, for a brief moment.

My biggest, widest, most absolutely-est congrautations to you and Eli. Oh my. OH MY!!

This wee babe in the works is already beyond lucky. What fine, fine parents she picked out. Well done, sweet girl.

xo,
Molly

Julie said...

You guys!! Wow! Congratulations! I'm getting all verklempt here.. as much over that dreamy ice cream as over the news of your new little girl! I'm so excited for you. What a great ride!

Adrian J.S. Hale said...

Your strawberry ice cream cone took my breath away! I only know you from the blog, but your thoughts and stories often accompany me throughout my days. I'm looking forward to reading your musings on motherhood, too. A very warm congratulations to you and Eli (and your strawberry girl). Having children is a treasure. One that is sometimes found while digging for sleep and sanity, but that only makes it shine all the more.

This past Friday, my daughter graduated from preschool-- with an ice-cream social! The kids mixed cream and sugar and berries and mint leaves and put it in an old coffee can surrounded by ice and salt, then kicked it around until it became the most delicious way to celebrate. I ate my cone, tearing up as I watched her eat hers and giggle with friends. She is off to Kindergarten next year, and these past 5 have gone so fast. I guess what I'm trying to say (and what all parents keep trying to say) is ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF THIS. But I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I know YOU will enjoy every minute, because you're so good at slowing the moment and keeping it real. And so it goes. Thanks, again, for sharing your world with us.

Shayne said...

Big mazel tov to you!! That is going to be one deliciously happy baby. Yay!

Tracy said...

How wonderful :)

Valerie said...

Dear Jess, these are fantastic news! Enjoy every minute of the pregnancy, it's such a special time! And as a newish mother (my little boy is 4 months old now) I can just say that you are in for the biggest, boldest, most beautiful adventure that life has to offer. Wishing you and Eli and your little girl all the best from Brussels! Valerie

El said...

Congratulations. I'm incredibly happy for you both. Cheers!

anya said...

Beautiful news so beautifully presented!!!Congratulations, Jess and Eli!!!

Sally said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I love reading your blog, and am thrilled for you. Parenthood has been the most amazing adventure of my life - and by far the most satisfying one. And, I have to say that having a daughter has been a huge gift - I've just loved it.

(ps - no wonder you were so excited for me last mth when I posted that I was pg - you totally get it :) )

Diana said...

Such a cute and creative way to find out! Mazel tov and much happiness to you both.

Jess said...

Congratulations Jess! I'm so glad I've found your blog, writing, and your most creative ideas for finding out some big news!

Ariele said...

B'sha'ah tovah! I hope you're feeling WELL! And enjoying every minute. What wonderful news! Love to you and Eli.

Ashley said...

Oh Jess. Now you have me in tears. Such an adorable story. I have two little boys and a 10 month old baby girl. She is a complete and utter delight. Soft and snuggly. Perfectly squishable and doused in pink.
Congratulations on your little Ms.