The ice cream bug has bitten. For years I’d held off buying yet another gadget to add to the limited storage space in my kitchen cabinets, but I finally caved. I had a Williams-Sonoma gift card my friend Melissa had given me for my birthday several weeks ago that was burning a hole in my pocket when the latest sale flyer arrived in my inbox.
The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker was on sale, plus there was a special offer by rebate – a $25 gift card. Combine that with my birthday gift card, and I was getting a STEAL! How could I possibly resist? (PS- it’s still on sale with that rebate offer, check it out here)
So now back to what put me on this path to purchasing my own ice cream maker in the first place. One word: Jeni’s.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is hands down the best ice cream I’ve had. Nashville is so lucky to have been chosen as the home for Jeni’s first free-standing shop outside of Ohio. If you live here and haven’t yet been, what are you waiting for? You need to head over to the new shop in East Nashville asap. Or if you’re nearer the west side, hit up Hot & Cold in Hillsboro Village where they also dish out Jeni’s. A smaller selection for sure, but it’s still just as delicious as the stuff across the river.
I guess you could say I’m hooked. I dream about the Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, get mad cravings for the Bangkok Peanut, and can’t help but look forward to my next scoop of Pistachio and Honey.
To think about these things this much calls for action. I need to learn to make amazing artisanal ice cream like this on my own. Luckily, this shouldn’t be too difficult, because a few years ago, Jeni started from scratch to figure out exactly how her ice creams could be replicated in an average home kitchen.
All of that hard work and research comes together in her new cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home: More than 100 Addictively Good Artisanal Recipes. The book includes more than 100 of Jeni’s signature recipes, all tested with a Cuisinart ice cream maker to ensure that they are foolproof for the average cook.
Of course the book can be purchased online in several places, but if you haven’t purchased it yet and you live in Nashville, you might want to buy it in person at Williams-Sonoma this week. That’s because Jeni Britton Bauer herself will be signing copies at the Green Hills store!
What: Jeni Britton Bauer Book Signing
When: Thursday, July 21st at 3 pm
Where: Green Hills Williams-Sonoma
2126 Abbott Martin Rd., Nashville, TN, 37215
There is one very important thing to note: Jeni will only be signing copies that were purchased at Williams-Sonoma and proof of purchase is required. Lucky for me, I’ve held off buying mine until now. Perhaps I’ll see you in line on Thursday?