Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Humid Lift

Want in on my secret? I'm protesting this heat wave we're having back east right now by staying inside today and cranking up the ol' air. It is muggy. It is sticky and it's oppressive... and if you want to see how I can really whine, then you best come over here.

Woe is me, right? I mean, lower 90's with clobbering humidity is really not bad in the eyes of some. I shant not more complain! At least the sun is shining and that is beautiful.

As a result however, the hubs and I are finding great ways to stay somewhat cool- the jersey shore, ice cold water, sticking our heads in the freezer, that kind of stuff..... and mark my words, if sprinklers existed in Philly, I'd be jumping through them across every lawn and Henry would crawl along right with me.

Frozen treats are yet another way we're conquering the heat funk. We've made watermelon sorbet and just last night we did a lemon version. If you were to ask our guests, they would tell you it was incredibly tart. If you ask me, it was a perfect balance between my face being sucked in and my teeth rotting with cavities.

In conclusion, it's a very, very simple recipe with great results, and it tastes like a store-bought treat, especially if you eat it side by side with vanilla ice cream. Ooohhh sinful!

Lemon Sorbet

1 2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp lemon peel
1 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 7 large, room temperature lemons for this- it might require more if they are smaller)

Mix sugar, water, and lemon peel in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Let it chill for at least one hour in the fridge. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.

Please store in freezer. Obvious, right?


Heidi said...

Oh shucks. Gotta try this one - as I do everything you make because it looks so delightful. You amaze me... and you know I would be there if I could!

Chaci said...

Yay! I'm so excited to find out you have a cooking blog, lucky for me! No more searching through cookbooks. Thanks!!!