You know you’re a foodie when the snow is exciting mainly because you have new snow recipes to try out.
Here in NE Oklahoma, snow is not a common sighting, but it’s snowed all day long. What’s a Coloradan with foodie leanings to do? Figure out ways to eat the stuff, of course!
Last time we made snow ice cream, the kids wouldn’t eat it. Shocking, but true. Their bowls of carefully mixed and eagerly anticipated snow ice cream sat on the table, turning into mere milky puddles. Okay, I’ll admit it… Jeremy and I may have rescued one or two from a warm oblivion. So, this time when manna from heaven began to fall, I decided we were not going to repeat that incident. A new recipe was needed. This one got a 3 for 3 from the kids. Isaac wasn’t too sure about the coldness, but he ate it until Isaiah’s turned into liquid, at which point they switched bowls. Isaac drank Isaiah’s left overs and was then spoon fed by his brother. What two year olds act like this? They play sooo well together. They share without being asked. Give one of them one cookie and they wait around for the second to take to their brother. But I’m off topic here. The recipe…
Snow cream a la Eagle Brand
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Snow to your taste
Mix & enjoy
Problem: we didn’t have any sweetened cond. milk. Too nasty to drive to the store (and don’t think I didn’t entertain the thought). So… An old fashioned substitute from a cookbook I got at a Ladies’ Day in NM:
Homemade sweetened condensed milk
1 cup + 2 TBS dry milk
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
In a glass dish, mix the milk well with water. Add sugar & mix again. Put glass dish into a pot of hot water on the stove (kind of like baking a custard in a water bath). The water should come up the sides of the glass dish, but not let water in. Keep the heat on the stove & stir the milk mixture to combine everything well. I’m guessing you could just do this double boiler style, or even directly in the pan, but I don’t know. Makes the equivalent of one can sweetened cond. milk.
When done, slap a lid on that puppy and stick it outside next to your snow-collecting bowl and let it cool for a while. Or, if you’re using it for something else, it should keep in the fridge for at least a week. Hint: if it starts turning green, that’s not good. ;o)
Now, like I said, it snowed all day. That’s a lot of snow and we couldn’t just let it go to waste! So, we decided to make snow juliuses too. Ooh! They were yummy! Gotta try this out.
1/2 can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 cup milk
1/2 to 1 cup sugar, to taste (I like 3/4 cup best)
Snow to taste
Mix up everything but the snow in a blender (I actually did it with my handy dandy stick blender). Add snow until it’s the consistency you want. This made two large glasses for us (about 16 oz each, I’d guess).