Uptown Magazine - July August 2013

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Summertime makes me nostalgic! I reminisce about my childhood playing hide and seek outdoors – our tree was always home base. We’d play hopscotch and jump rope until the sun set, and then finish off our evening catching fireflies. In the midst of all the fun and laughter suddenly we’d hear the sound of music rolling down the street. “The Ice Cream Man, The Ice Cream Man,” everyone would scream, running to get change from their parents for a treat. Growing up, my neighborhood had Mr. Softie and The Ice Cream Man. There were three girls in my family, we each had our favorites. My oldest sister loved shoestring potatoes, hot from Mr. Softie’s oven. My middle sister loved Banana Bomb Pops, I liked those as well, but my favorite was the Dreamsicle – vanilla ice cream swirled with orange sherbet. You might recall these as a Creamsicle or Push Up – they were heavenly! I dream of Dreamsicles this time of year, so decided to make my own. If you’re nostalgic as well, try this recipe – it will take you back to the good ole days when ice cream bars were 25 cents, Bazooka Bubble Gum was 2 for a penny, and a burger, fries and Coke cost 37 cents. Those were the days! Prepare in Push Pop containers, small paper cups inserted with Popsicle sticks, or simply scooped into a bowl. This recipe is so simple and delicious; you’ll keep some in your freezer all summer long. 44


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makes 10-12 Push Pops or 4 cups Ingredients: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Juice from 2 large oranges Zest from 2 large oranges 2 ½ cups buttermilk 1 Tbsp. orange extract

Directions: 1. Combine water, sugar, orange juice, zest, and extract in a small saucepan. Gently bring mixture to a boil. 2. Allow to boil for 1 minute until sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat to cool completely. 3. Add buttermilk and stir to combine. Cover and place in refrigerator for about 2 hours to chill. 4. Place chilled mixture in an ice-cream machine following manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice-cream machine do one of the following, by pouring the mixture into: • Push Pop containers • small paper cups topped with foil, then insert Popsicle stick through foil to hold in place • place in a large plastic container with lid Place in freezer until frozen. Serve.

Note: Orange extract contains alcohol which keeps the ice-cream from freezing solid. If preferred, substitute with an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier. To release popsicles from cups set briefly in warm water.

Dreamsicle Float Don’t have time to make homemade ice cream, but dying for a Dreamsicle? Make a Dreamsicle Float! It’s so quick and easy, you can have one every day! Here’s all you need: Ingredients: Tall glass Vanilla ice cream Orange soda Directions: Place scoops of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass, then pour soda over the top.

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