Meet the Cook: Vary my recipe if you like. In place of peanuts, try using walnuts, pecans or cashews on occasion. Or substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips.
For a luscious dessert-on-the-go, put a double dip into a cone. You can also serve this for fancy occasions...it looks luxurious in a clear-glass sauce dish.
-Sheila Berry, Carrying Place, Ontario
Guests' eyes will light up at the sight of this appealing make-ahead pie from Dorothy Latta-McCarty. "The light raspberry flavor is accented by the pleasant crunch of almonds," notes the Lakewood, Colorado cook. "It's especially refreshing in summer."
"This fruity treat has been an all-time favorite with my family for years," says Johanna Gimmeson, Powell, Wyoming. Use an ice cream freezer to make this colorful crowd-pleaser, which is sure to be a success wherever it's served.
Whether you serve it in chilled bowls or scooped into cut lemon halves, this creamy four-ingredient sorbet is both sweet and tart. “It makes a delightfully refreshing finish to any meal,” says Goldene Petersen of Brigham City, Utah.
An active mother of four young sons, Elane Hefner of Elida, Ohio, relies on recipes that deep entertaining simple. "This cake roll can be chilling in the freezer long before guests arrive," she says. "Try varying the flavor of the ice cream to suit different tastes."
Meet the Cook: For birthday parties or outdoor barbecues, this is a hit. At times, I substitute strawberry or Neopolitan for the vanilla ice cream...either works fine, too.
Our children - my husband and I have two daughters, 21 and 16 - used to love eating out at Mexican restaurants just so they could order fried ice cream for dessert. When I came upon this recipe, I copied it down quickly!
-Darlene Markel, Sublimity, Oregon
Each year, our family enjoys a dessert that's much more fun than the typical pies and cakes. With refreshing ice cream chock-full of holiday ingredients like nuts, cherries and candies, these treats are a delightful end to a perfect meal.
-Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas
Making ice cream goes smoothly when you do prep work in advance. I make the custard ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Plus, I toast the almonds beforehand and separate my add-ins into labeled containers. —Rosalie Peters, Caldwell, Texas
"When we were growing up on the farm, homemade ice cream was our favorite dessert," recalls Lucile Proctor of Panguitch, Utah, who now makes it for her own family. Enjoy her recipe "solo" or topped with sauce, fruit or nuts for a spectacular sundae.