Salt & Pepper…Ice Cream?!

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Inspired by the column, the Big Little Recipes cookbook is available now.


Salt and pepper are a given in savory recipes, so much so that they’re often shortened to S&P, like a dear friend signing an email with a single initial. The other letters are unneeded. You know who they are.

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32 Best Ice Cream Recipes—Come Rain or Shine

There was a very wonderful time in my life when I ate ice cream five times a week, generally store-bought but occasionally homemade. When I ran out of Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s, I turned to my clunky-yet-lovable Cuisinart to help me churn my own…

There was a very wonderful time in my life when I ate ice cream five times a week, generally store-bought but occasionally homemade. When I ran out of Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s, I turned to my clunky-yet-lovable Cuisinart to help me churn my own vanilla ice cream with cookie dough chunks. It was times like those that I wished I had this list—a roundup of our very best ice cream flavors, from traditional to no-churn methods, plus some sherbet and sorbet recipes for good measure.


Our Coolest Ice Cream Recipes

1. No-Churn Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

We love an ice cream recipe that ditches the equipment altogether. Even with no churning, this is potentially the creamiest ice cream recipe ever.

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Of Course Ina Garten’s Ice Cream Hack Is Totally Brilliant

Ina Garten’s cooking is always alluring in its simplicity, making it seem like it is easy to be as effortlessly fancy as she is. Part of that is her expertise in knowing exactly which parts of a meal you should spend time on, and which parts can be bes…

Ina Garten’s cooking is always alluring in its simplicity, making it seem like it is easy to be as effortlessly fancy as she is. Part of that is her expertise in knowing exactly which parts of a meal you should spend time on, and which parts can be best assembled from store-bought ingredients.

In a segment this week on the Today Show, she offered a brilliant suggestion: how to gussy up plain ol', store-bought vanilla ice cream and make it into a dinner party-worthy dessert.

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Gelato vs Ice Cream: The Sweetest Showdown of All

Writing this guide to gelato and why it’s different from ice cream took me far longer than it should have because the truth is, I was planning my Italian honeymoon, which means deciding where to get gelato each day and night. I’ve imagined walking arou…

Writing this guide to gelato and why it’s different from ice cream took me far longer than it should have because the truth is, I was planning my Italian honeymoon, which means deciding where to get gelato each day and night. I’ve imagined walking around Piazza Navona with a cup of limone gelato in one hand and a cone of stracciatella in the other. I’ve imagined being greeted by the hotel concierge with a pint of pistachio and receiving a tour of the Colosseum while housing a double scoop of tiramisu. I love ice cream, too, but you can’t exactly watch a svelte man named Luca form the perfect cone of nocciotella inside a building older than the United States of America. But aside from the setting, what’s the difference between Italian gelato and ice cream, anyway?

“It’s really a question of semantics. Gelato is just the Italian word for ice cream. However, there are definitely certain qualities that gelato tends to have, and a different set of qualities that ice cream tends to have but it really depends on the individual producer,” says Hallie Meyer, owner of Caffè Panna, a New York City-based shop that churns out Roman-inspired gelato. Dr. Robert Roberts, Professor and Head of Food Science at Penn State University, adds that gelato can also include sorbet, water-based gelato, and high-fat dairy products.

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The Special Secrecy of Pandan Desserts

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. This week: Author, food photographer, and guest columnist Uyen Luu is sharing a stunningly minimalist dessert from her new cookbook, Vietnamese.


Much of my childhood was spent in anticipation of what my mum would cook. She’s always chasing the taste of her sweet, sour home of Phan Thiet in Vietnam.

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These 19 No-Churn Ice Creams Are Summertime Magic

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she’ll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way…

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she'll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way.


As a baker, I’m not afraid to practice patience to get to the perfect end result. But here’s the truth: Some shortcuts are worth shouting about, and no-churn ice cream is definitely one of them. In this month’s ice cream episode of Bake it Up A Notch, I spend a lot of time chatting about this exact topic, and all the things you can do with it it. So whether you are looking for an easy summer recipe hack, or you don’t have room to store an ice cream maker, nothing should stop you from making homemade ice cream this summer.

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Vegan Ice Cream Is Truly Excellent—If You Don’t Believe Us, Try These 11 Brands

If you’ve ever spent time in that very specific section of your grocery store’s frozen aisle, sweating from the stress of the great decision lying before you, you’re not alone. Forget “golden age”—we’re in the platinum age of ice cream, finding ways to…

If you've ever spent time in that very specific section of your grocery store's frozen aisle, sweating from the stress of the great decision lying before you, you're not alone. Forget "golden age"—we're in the platinum age of ice cream, finding ways to improve upon every flavor under the sun, from the austere yet satisfying vanilla to the downright cockamamie (but also apparently very good?) Kraft mac 'n' cheese.

But why should dairy ice cream have all the fun? (It shouldn't.) Luckily for us, a host of plant-based cooks and makers decided to take matters into their own hands, and the vegan ice cream frozen dessert revolution was officially underway. To celebrate the wonders of this creamy-yet-creamless confection, we've rounded up 11 of the best brands out there, and our favorite flavors to boot.

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The Most Popular Ice Cream Flavor in Every State

National Ice Cream Day is just around the corner (June 18th to be exact), and just in time for a celebratory scoop, grocery delivery service Instacart has revealed the most popular ice cream flavors in every state across the country. The results are ba…

National Ice Cream Day is just around the corner (June 18th to be exact), and just in time for a celebratory scoop, grocery delivery service Instacart has revealed the most popular ice cream flavors in every state across the country. The results are based on Instacart’s own data, accounting for thousands of different ice cream products from all across the country and uncovering which ice cream flavor each state buys the most, compared to national averages. So which flavor came out on top as the most-loved scoop? Moose tracks. Twelve states—Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—consistently ask for a double or triple scoop of moose tracks, which is a rich and fudgy ice cream that has a vanilla ice cream base, chocolate fudge swirls, and peanut butter cups (plus toppings, of course).

There was a tie for the second-most-popular ice cream flavors: rocky road, which was most popular in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming; coffee, which was popular among the caffeinated residents of New England, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; birthday cake, a favorite among party-goers in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia; and green tea, which was the favorite in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

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Our All-Time Favorite Desserts Starring Heavy Cream

We’ve partnered with Hood®—makers of great-tasting, high-quality cream made from real Hood Milk—to comb through our archives for our most-beloved desserts starring heavy cream. From dreamy mousse pies to easy no-churn ice cream, your bowls, plates, and…

We've partnered with Hood®—makers of great-tasting, high-quality cream made from real Hood Milk—to comb through our archives for our most-beloved desserts starring heavy cream. From dreamy mousse pies to easy no-churn ice cream, your bowls, plates, and spoons are in for a very sweet treat.


When it comes to desserts that delight—those heavenly recipes you come back to over and over again—there’s often one common denominator: heavy cream. The key ingredient in so many of the sweets we love, heavy cream (we're using Hood®) gives a sumptuousness—and yes, creaminess—to dishes that might otherwise be a little ho-hum.

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These Champagne Floats Are the Ultimate Grown-Up Summer Treat

We’ve teamed up with G.H. Mumm—makers of outstanding Champagnes produced at Maison Mumm in the Champagne region of France since 1827—to celebrate National Rosé Day with their Grand Cordon Rosé. On the menu: ultra-refreshing Champagne floats to sip all …

We've teamed up with G.H. Mumm—makers of outstanding Champagnes produced at Maison Mumm in the Champagne region of France since 1827—to celebrate National Rosé Day with their Grand Cordon Rosé. On the menu: ultra-refreshing Champagne floats to sip all summer long. Ready to stock up for the season? Take 15% off your order of 6 bottles or more with the code SUMMER15.


Remember summers as a kid? Long days outside, running to see friends, splashing in the pool, feeling like there’s all the time in the world (and at the same time, none at all). As things slowly start to reopen and the heat settles in for the season, I can’t help but feel a bit of nostalgia—almost like it's summer vacation all over again. With that nostalgia comes the flavors of my childhood: the sweet-tart taste of fresh-picked berries, the smell of smoke from a fire, and the feeling of a brain freeze after slurping down a root beer float too quickly.

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