I know this is a few days late, but last night was a special night for Mr. N and I. We went to a local cooking school for a “cook with your kid” night. And let me tell you, this wasn’t the typical cook with your kid’s class. No chicken nuggets or pizzas at this school. In fact, we made baby back ribs (using a very similar rub that dad did on Father’s Day), homemade corn bread, Caesar salad with homemade croutons and a semi freddo. It was phenomenal! Mr. N is already talking about how we have to make the semi freddo for the blog, so I think there’s a good chance we’ll be sharing that one soon!
In the meantime, we’ll get back to Father’s Day. After all of that work dad put in on the ribs, the kids and I wanted to make something special for him. We chose a Pineapple Ice Cream treat that dad had pulled from a Cooking Light magazine back in March 2011. We thought it would be a good complement to the ribs (well, ok, I thought that) and what a better time to make it than dad’s special day.
We then started the broiler while preparing the syrup. The syrup starts with a combination of sugar, bourbon, water and lemon juice.
You’ve got to bring it to a boil while stirring constantly and then let it simmer without stirring for 10 minutes. The recipe calls for the syrup to cook for 10 minutes over medium-high heat, or until golden brown. Well, I tried that method and it ended up burning the syrup and smoking out the kitchen. Oops! So the second time through I simmered the syrup instead and it worked much better.
We then returned to the syrup which was now a golden brown (not burnt) and added the cream and vanilla.
Dad was a happy camper. He thought it was delicious. So did my dad who took it without the sauce. As for Mr. N and Miss A they both enjoyed a version of the dessert as well. For the kiddos, we cut out the bourbon syrup and replaced it with a caramel sundae sauce. There was nothing left in the bowls – anyone’s!
Tomorrow we return to our state night adventures with a culinary trip to Illinois courtesy of Mr. N. Any guesses what we’re featuring?
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