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Valentine’s Day Dessert: Blood Orange and Mint Sherbet and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Today’s recipes are the final pieces to your Valentine’s Day dinner.  They are a delicious and refreshing blood orange and mint sherbet or a simple and easy vanilla ice cream.  Follow the recipes below for the perfect sweet to finish your meal!

1 tablespoon blood orange zest

2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 Package Mint, reserve a few leaves for garnish

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup whole milk

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

Blood Orange Sherbet Ingredients

Blood Orange Sherbet Ingredients

Juice lemon and oranges

Juicing and combining ingredients

Juicing and combining ingredients

Add ingredients to bowl and let the flavors marinate together for about an hour, or longer if you would like a stronger mint flavor


Ingredients marinating

Take approximately half of the mint leaves out and pour ingredients into blender or food processor

Process until mint leaves are fine

Ingredients ready to be food processed

Ingredients ready to be food processed

Pour into ice cream maker and process until frozen!

Ready to be made into sherbet

Ready to be made into sherbet

Turning into sherbet

Turning into sherbet

Either serve immediately or using an ice cream scoop, portion out scoops and freeze.  I didn’t do this and the sherbet froze to the point where I could not scoop it easily.  I had to cut the sherbet in blocks next time I served.

Blood Orange and Mint Sherbet!

Blood Orange and Mint Sherbet!

Yum!  Blood Orange Sherbet!

Yum! Blood Orange Sherbet!

This recipe was adapted from The Chew recipe.  View original here:  http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/blood-orange-sherbet-mario-batali-michael-symon

And for those of you who aren’t going to be going to the movies to see 50 Shades of Grey, Meet My Valentine, is also out this weekend.  Scott Wolf (“Party of Five,” “V”) and Courtney Ford (“True Blood,” “Murder in the First”) star as an indifferent husband-and-wife whose marriage has fallen into a pattern of routine where intimate connection is lacking.  But when Tom is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he secretly embarks on a mission to find a replacement husband for Valentine and a father for their eight-year-old daughter Phoebe.  Wanting to ensure the perfect match, he sets up an online-dating profile for Valentine, which leads him to rediscovering who she is and why he fell in love with her.  Along this course, he learns the full value of marriage, family and friendship.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream 

Recipe courtesy of  Brady Smith (who stars as a chef opposite Courtney in Meet My Valentine) and Tiffani Thiessen)”Dinner At Tiffani’s” premiers on The Cooking Channel  Feb. 25th).

Meet My Valentine movie poster

Meet My Valentine movie poster

2 eggs

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk the eggs in large mixing bowl

Add the cream and the milk a little at a time until completely incorporated

Then add sugar a little at a time

Pour mixture into a glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water and cook until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 40 minutes

Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and stir

Then let the mixture cool completely before adding it to an electric ice cream maker

Spin in the ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions


View the trailer here.


Stay hungry…

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