Creamy Tomatillo Dip

It’s funny that just a few days ago, as we prepared for our trip to Texas, our CSA sent us a bag of tomatillo just to get us in the mood. I have a lot of love for these little guys. First off, aren’t those husks just so cool? And then there’s the flavor. Ever since I first cooked with them, I’ve been struck by their tartness. Where most dishes need acid to give it a boost, tomatillos have enough that additional lemon or lime juice is unnecessary.

The last time I played around with tomatillos, I turned them into a pesto and tossed them with pasta. Of course, my mind went in a similar direction this time, but to spruce things up, I made a creamy (and spicy) dip. Roasting allows them to blister, adding a bit of smokiness to the dip.

I may or may not post next week (who the heck knows?!?!) as we’ll be touring (aka eating and drinking) our way through Austin and Dallas.  We’re super excited to spend some time with friends and family. I’m ready for a taco and a margarita! That’s what they eat there, right?

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autumnOctober 9, 2013 - 5:53 am

This sounds delicious, Brian. My mom has this speciality called creamy salsa, which is a block of cream cheese with a jar of salsa whipped into it. So I think you’re on to something! :)

Ali @ InspiralizedOctober 9, 2013 - 8:42 am

I remember when you posted this picture on Instagram with intentions to cook the tomatillos… excellent choice!

LirenOctober 9, 2013 - 8:50 am

How timely! What a great way to use those beautiful tomatillos. Have a blast in Texas, Brian. It’s the one place I can find decent jalapeños with heat!

Dan from Platter TalkOctober 9, 2013 - 9:03 am

I never know what to do with this beautiful fruit. Thanks for the lovely idea!!

Candace @ CabotOctober 9, 2013 - 9:13 am

I just harvested about a zillion tomatillo from my garden. Can’t wait to try this, it’s a great recipe!

Jeanne @ CooksisterOctober 9, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Oh I do love tomatillos… this dip does sound heavenly. I wonder if I couly approximately replicate it with green tomatoes? We got tomato blight and had to pick everything in a hurry.

Jeanette's Healthy LivingOctober 9, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Wow – this sounds amazing – love the idea of goat cheese for creaminess in this dip!

Kellie @ The Suburban SoapboxOctober 9, 2013 - 6:40 pm

This looks divine….spicy, goat cheese, and garlic! I’m making this for a party this weekend and hopefully I won’t eat all of it before the guests arrive!

What a beautiful tomatillo dip. I’ve never cooked with tomatillos before because I’ve never really figured out what to do with them, but now I’ve got an idea. Thanks for this.

DessertForTwoOctober 10, 2013 - 8:31 am

Oh, Brian, you’re going to love Texas! (I’m from Dallas, so I’m quite biased). Austin is such a great city. Yes, we eat tacos and margaritas 3 meals a day ;)

What a unique twist on tomatillos! I love those little guys. Thanks for sharing.

KimberleyOctober 10, 2013 - 5:10 pm

I love tomatillos in all incarnations. I hope you have a blast in Tejas!

EileenOctober 10, 2013 - 8:06 pm

I love tomatillos, but I’ve never had them with goat cheese before! Must give it a try soon. :)

MonetOctober 10, 2013 - 10:40 pm

Beautiful Brian. I love tomatillos but I’ve never made a dip before. Usually I just go with a traditional salsa. I hope you are having a great trip and a good time in Austin. I’m jealous! Hugs!

Diane {Created by Diane}October 11, 2013 - 1:30 am

I need to try this, I often buy tomatillos and then don’t have enough recipes to use them in.

JoanneOctober 11, 2013 - 7:31 am

I am soooo excited for your trip!! And can’t wait to hear all about it.

It’s almost like the CSA knew where you were headed. Sneaky. :P And I kind of want to drink this dip.

GailOctober 11, 2013 - 10:17 am

OH BRIAN! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Can’t wait to make it!!!

AdriOctober 11, 2013 - 10:26 am

This dip looks wonderful. You are so right about the benefits of roasting these babies. The heat brings out the best in them. Out here in Los Angeles, we get some very nice ones. They are in the markets everywhere. Enjoy your time away from home, and I do hope to hear about your travels!

Grace @ Earthy FeastOctober 11, 2013 - 10:28 am

Tomatillos and goat cheese – sounds like a match made in heaven!

Asha@FSKOctober 12, 2013 - 7:37 am

Wow! Now thats yummy and so healthy! Love it Brian!

Lost Girl CooksOctober 13, 2013 - 4:00 am

I have been looking for this recipe for a long time! This one actually looks really good, going to try this soon!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 14, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Tomatillos are so pretty I always want to buy them when I see them!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveOctober 15, 2013 - 8:46 am

What a creamy, dreamy-looking dip!

CarolynOctober 15, 2013 - 10:44 am

I love tomatillos. They aren’t always easy to find around here so I stock up when I do.

Reluctant EntertainerOctober 15, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Love this, Brian. Perfect fall-time, football food dip! Miss you!

Averie @ Averie CooksOctober 19, 2013 - 11:05 pm

I bet this is just LOADED with flavor. All the elements combined, and then the creamy factor. I am a huge dip fan. I like a few crackers with my big bowl of dip :)

Culinary CoryOctober 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

What an interesting recipe idea. Never thought about pairing goat cheese with tomatillos. I’m going to have to make this soon.

ShainaOctober 29, 2013 - 8:56 am

his use for tomatillos! Divine.

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Silent Sunday: The Food + Chefs of the Boston Seafood Gala + Festival

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Culinary CoryOctober 6, 2013 - 9:22 am

Awesome photos! I love the action shots of the chefs cooking in the kitchen.

StaceyOctober 6, 2013 - 11:21 am

GREAT post Brian! Love the images and it looks like it was a fun time.

DeniseOctober 6, 2013 - 11:55 am

Love your Silent Sunday. Love. This looks as if it was a great event, always makes me happy to see these things in Boston, cuz you never know! ;)

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comOctober 6, 2013 - 1:53 pm

LOVE all the photos. Looks like you had so much fun capturing it all :)

MonetOctober 6, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Gorgeous Brian! And don’t think I’ve forgotten about the list…I’ve just been swamped with travel. Will send to you ASAP! xoxo

JeanetteOctober 7, 2013 - 8:44 am

Lots going on at this event – thanks so much for sharing through your beautiful photos!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 7, 2013 - 9:21 am

These are amazing pictures! You are so talented!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveOctober 8, 2013 - 3:56 pm

What a great event – LOVE the photos of everyone in action!

Diane {Created by Diane}October 11, 2013 - 11:45 am

Oh my goodness I wish I were there, everything looks so GREAT!

Mike C SmithOctober 11, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Great photo’s, and the food looks fantastic, also the fact that everybody looks so happy. Enjoy yourself in Dallas.

ShainaOctober 29, 2013 - 8:45 am

I love how you capture people, Brian, and the food looks great here.

Shaved Fennel, Apple and Crispy Quinoa

I shouldn’t complain. I really shouldn’t.  Our kitchen is quite lovely, especially for a city apartment.  I’ve heard about (in fact, I’ve cooked in) some tiny spaces that barely fit one or two people.  We actually have a table in ours and have managed to fit 15+ folks in the room (standing, of course).  For me, the real challenge comes with the light. If you’re just eating in there, it’s fine… but for those of us who obsessively take pictures of our food, well, a well-lit kitchen is key.

Rarely do I photograph dishes in our kitchen, instead I move things out to our living room or our back deck to get the shots. It often means I need to get creative, shooting things close up or using textured backgrounds to make it pop.

If I need to work on a bigger project, I pack up bags of props, my lenses and any ingredients and I take a trip to my mother-in-law’s to use her newly renovated kitchen.  The light in there is magnificent and with all the beautiful appliances, I get a little spoiled by the experience.

This is what I did just last week on a day when I needed to do a shoot for a client and wanted to also work on a dish for the OXO “Very Vegetarian Recipe Challenge,” which I’m really thrilled to be a part of. The guidelines for this competition are as follows: use three of the six OXO gadgets they were so generous to send participants to make a vegetarian dish that can serve at least 2 people, be made in 30 minutes or less, and incorporated veggies, a starch/grain, and dairy. Sounds easy, right? Well, we also couldn’t use certain things, like blenders, a Dutch oven, or my favorite kitchen appliance, a food processor (WAH!!!!). But, you know what? When forced to think outside the box, you tend to do your best work and, I have to say, I think this was one fantastic salad.  In fact, I plan on putting this on my Thanksgiving menu.  Yeah, it was that good.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarOctober 1, 2013 - 5:28 am

I love the look of that crispy quinoa!! Yum!

JoanneOctober 1, 2013 - 8:05 am

Thankfully my kitchen has a whole wall of windows, but my last kitchen had none. At all. So I feel you.

What a gorgeous salad! I love these autumnal flavors.

Liz @ The Lemon BowlOctober 1, 2013 - 8:16 am

I adore fennel but have never paired it with apples – brilliant.

LirenOctober 1, 2013 - 8:56 am

Perfect for this Indian summer! Lovely!

TieghanOctober 1, 2013 - 9:14 am

Crispy quinoa? Heck yes! This sounds awesome and is so pretty!

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthOctober 1, 2013 - 9:19 am

im always struggling to find the perfect light for picture :( this salad looks so pretty and all the ingredients are so fresh.

Dan from Platter TalkOctober 1, 2013 - 9:20 am

I am loving this post. It’s fresh, it’s beautifully presented and photographed, and it is original. Fantastic job, wish I had a plate of this in front of me!!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveOctober 1, 2013 - 9:30 am

Beautiful salad, Brian!

Bev @ Bev CooksOctober 1, 2013 - 10:09 am

CRISPY quinoa. You = so rad.

AlinaOctober 1, 2013 - 11:22 am

Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous. I can’t wait to try making this salad!!

Kulsum KunwaOctober 1, 2013 - 11:44 am

why are you after my heart? This salad is totally my thing!!

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 1, 2013 - 12:15 pm

so pretty! Off to pin this

EileenOctober 1, 2013 - 2:38 pm

I love the texture contrast between the ingredients in this salad! It sounds so satisfying to eat. :) And hooray for new season apples!

Denise WoodwardOctober 1, 2013 - 7:39 pm

This is the perfect side dish, Brian. We have been taking in huge amounts of fennel recently as well as Quinoa. Off to buy some apples ….. :)

MonetOctober 1, 2013 - 10:46 pm

This looks delicious, Brian. I love how the quinoa is more of a garnish. And I’m right there with you…I often go to my parent’s house when I want to feel spoiled. Their kitchen is so very lovely. Thank you for sharing!

MichelleOctober 2, 2013 - 1:28 am

This is my kind of salad. I’ve been dreaming of a mandolin for ages!

Beautiful photos! I always cringe during this time of year — some of the best food and some of the harshest light!

Andrew FrishmanOctober 2, 2013 - 9:26 am

Mmnnn… I LOVES me some quinoa, especially when it’s crispy!

Ojala que hay bastante quinoa para las indigenas

ShainaOctober 2, 2013 - 9:43 am

That is one good-looking salad. I love the red quinoa contrasting against the apple and fennel.

My kitchen gets decent light, and in the summer I can make it work. However, these days my window is from 1-2:30p before the shadows become slanted and sulky and the light no longer reaches beyond the one foot of space directly in front of the window (where the sink is). Sometimes I shoot in the sink. Wonderful that you have a backup kitchen, but still, I know the frustrations of scarce natural light.

CarolynOctober 2, 2013 - 11:36 am

Your living room does get some great light, but man, I cannot believe you pack everything up and head somewhere else! It’s all I can do sometimes to set up in my dining room. Love the lovely salad.

Kay FrishmanOctober 2, 2013 - 11:45 am

You are welcome to come to your mother-in-law’s kitchen any time!!!!

AlexandraOctober 2, 2013 - 12:41 pm

This is a recipe that i will definitely try!

FrancescaOctober 2, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Looks great, never thought to crisp quinoa !

Jeanne @ CooksisterOctober 3, 2013 - 9:33 am

Fennel makes everything better… Whether raw or cooked. I don’t eat enough quinoa – and certainly have never considered crisp quinoa – obviously an oversight! Lovely pics, as always.

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceOctober 3, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Saw this on Instagram and I thought to myself, YUM! Love the idea of the crispy quinoa.

Erin @ MyRecipesOctober 4, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Love the idea of fried quinoa—genius!

Anne GriffinOctober 6, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Wow! This is a pretty amazing idea. I would never have thought to crisp up quinoa, but now that I have seen it, I don’t know how I didn’t see it before.

Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar}October 7, 2013 - 9:09 am

The flavours seem so simple and clean yet it looks gorgeous on the plate! Love this, thanks for the idea

Lora @cakeduchessOctober 7, 2013 - 11:50 am

I know I should eat quinoa more often…this gives me a reason to! Love that it is a garnish and not the main feature of this fabulous salad, Brian:)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 7, 2013 - 10:37 pm

The crispy quinoa is such a nice idea!

Allison HooperOctober 8, 2013 - 2:17 pm

We interviewed a guy for a sales job yesterday and he said that you are the “top” in Boston. Indeed. Your photos and words are lovely. I am hooked. Co-founder of Vermont Creamery, I am a little provincial on my hill farm in Vermont but when I find a good read, I follow. Come visit us!

Adri Barr CrocettiOctober 10, 2013 - 6:50 am

This is a beautiful salad. It looks like you made good use of the OXO tools. I want to eat this.

Stephanie HunterOctober 23, 2013 - 11:48 am

The first reason I love the show is her family values. Second, it is good old down home cooking. The recipes look easy and delicious. Would I love to win one of her cookbooks? You betcha!!

Delicia Batista AsencioOctober 23, 2013 - 4:57 pm

All of this looks great!!! And I would love The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond’s new cookbook! I have her first two and use them all the time.

Pistachio and Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I don’t bake many cakes.  I’m always happy to eat them, but the thought of frosting a triple-tiered cake stresses me out.  It’s probably for the best that we don’t have these treats around the house, as will power has never been one of my strengths.  There are no calories in a sliver or in a finger swipe of icing, right?
Breakfast breads are the cakes I so fondly remember from my childhood… banana bread or a sour cream coffee cake were made often, prepared for Sunday brunch or a quick afternoon snack.  I don’t make them quite as frequently as my mom does, but I do get the urge from time to time.  They don’t last long, either.  I’ll cut the majority for Eric to take to work, give a few pieces to friends, and save the rest for us to enjoy for a few days.
When asked to create a recipe for the KitchenAid blog, The Kitchenthusiast, I knew a coffee cake was in order. Baking a cake with pistachios has been on my list for a long time (years, in fact), so I used it as an opportunity to play around with what I believed would be the perfect pairing: pistachios and sour cream coffee cake.  And this guy (and his taste-tester husband) were not at all disappointed.
Disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, all opinions here are my own.
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Kelli @ The Corner KitchenSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:22 pm

I have a serious love for ALL things pistachio! This coffee cake looks amazing…hopping over to get the recipe!

Ali @ InspiralizedSeptember 27, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Beautiful pictures – looks delicious. This helps me transition from pistacchio-flavored frozen yogurt to a more mature pistacchio-centric food haha.

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 27, 2013 - 7:21 pm

I am with ya on the whole frosting a triple-tiered cake thing!! I can barely frost cupcakes :P This cake is definitely more my style. Looks great!

DeniseSeptember 27, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Oh, I have been craving coffee cake lately, maybe it is the chilly weather. Your version is definitely right up my alley with pistachios and sour cream is the bonus!

TieghanSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Oh I love pistachios! Just post pistachio cream pasta yesterday, but I can totally do another pistachio meal now! This looks incredible!

The view from Great IslandSeptember 28, 2013 - 4:17 am

I adore pistachios, they are so under appreciated!

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EileenSeptember 28, 2013 - 12:39 pm

This cake sounds SO good, which says something, because I am not much of a cake lover. Let’s just say I am 100% with you on the no icing. But lots of intense pistachio flavor plus sour cream tang? Yes please!

Averie @ Averie CooksSeptember 28, 2013 - 6:17 pm

The cake looks so soft and fluffy and like you, I am not one for piping 3-tier cakes. Eeek, no! I love a quickbread that doubles as a cake :) Totally same page as you. Beautiful cake, Brian!

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Liz @ The Lemon BowlSeptember 29, 2013 - 9:48 am

Beautiful photos, as always. And frankly I’m glad it’s not bright green. ;-)

MonetSeptember 29, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Delicious Brian! You know I’m a sucker for pistachios…and this cake looks so moist. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a happy Sunday!

Diane {Created by Diane}September 30, 2013 - 2:53 am

oh I’m loving by this cake. Pistachios are so delicious and your cake looks great!

Jeanette's Healthy LivingSeptember 30, 2013 - 11:41 am

I love the idea of using pistachios in a cake – naturally beautiful!

CaraSeptember 30, 2013 - 1:02 pm

How did you know I’ve been dreaming of pistachio cakes? Next time you’re in New York I’ll introduce you to my favorite one (it’ll be my second favorite after I try this though).

Jess @ Flying on Jess FuelSeptember 30, 2013 - 1:11 pm

This looks so amazing. I love anything with that almond/pistachio flavor… I’m drooling over this!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 30, 2013 - 9:17 pm

I’m with you, I’ve never been the multiple layer cake type but more of the rustic and rough around the edges afternoon snack cake kind and a pistachio one sounds fantastic!

Alison LewisOctober 1, 2013 - 1:35 am

you had me at “pistachio”

Andrew FrishmanOctober 1, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Mnnn… I Loves me some coffee cake, especially when it’s delicious.

¿Como se dice pistachio en español?

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Lail | With A SpinOctober 5, 2013 - 6:51 am

Love pistachio in cakes and this one is a keeper with no pudding and real pistachio. Yumm!

Lora @cakeduchessOctober 7, 2013 - 11:52 am

I adore baking with pistachios. You should bake more cakes b/c this one is quite lovely! Gorgeous, Brian!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 7, 2013 - 11:12 pm

How incredibly convenient that I happen to have a whole bag of pistachios in my pantry just begging for some inspiration. Can’t wait to give this cake a try!

ShainaOctober 23, 2013 - 9:17 pm

This cake is full of all of my favorite things. I adore sour cream cakes, and the vibrant hue from the pistachios is calling to me.

Zahra TiwanaJanuary 17, 2014 - 4:33 am

I made this and it was a hit with my mother in law and my co workers!

Taujna ShiffelJanuary 31, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I had a recipe for a Pistachio Cake, it was Delicious!! Unfortunately, I’ve lost it. This cake sounds like it’s going to be great!!!

Silent Sunday: The Spotted Tiger at The Hawthorne

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LirenSeptember 22, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Brian, that pork belly looks so ridiculously good, it should be outlawed. My golly. What a delicious collaboration, and beautifully photographed.

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 23, 2013 - 9:01 am

How fortunate for a community to offer an event like Spotted Tiger! i wish I was there for this, thanks for this great post.

MonetSeptember 23, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Everyone looks so hip and dapper. You can tell I’ve been living in Colorado…I miss the big city! Thank you for sharing. Wish I could dine at this lovely establishment!

RochelleSeptember 24, 2013 - 3:39 am

All that delicious looking food and great atmosphere makes me hungry, thirsty and wish that I could go visit!

Greg HenrySeptember 24, 2013 - 10:47 pm

I thought tigers had stripes! Delicious photos. GREG

Sandy CoughlinSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

Those cocktails are such a work of art! Beautiful photos.

RaulMarch 7, 2014 - 10:04 am

This post made me wish I was there to enjoy it all.

Fig and Balsamic Ice Cream

I’ve had some unsuccessful attempts at making ice cream. I blame myself for the majority of these failures (if one can refer to them as such… can something that has cream and sugar in it be bad?).  My mistake has always been that I’ve made ice cream in the middle of summer. Now, that might make perfect sense to you folks, but when you keep your apartment at 76 degrees on a balmy day, well, things aren’t likely to freeze very easily. I think my ice cream maker was having issues too. So, between those two things, the stuff wasn’t turning out the way I’d hoped.

Anyway, I decided recently that I’m not giving up. Nope. In fact, I want to start making ice cream on a regular basis. Maybe not every week, but once or twice a month (I think it might be time to get back into that gym routine).  I may not post every success on here, but given how good this turned out, I thought it’d be wrong to keep it to myself. Despite my obsession with Jeni’s Ice Cream and her beautiful book (which, shockingly, has sat on my book shelf, virtually untouched for two years.  Well, let me tell you, that book has now found a permanent place in our kitchen.

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Alice // Hip Foodie MomSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:33 am

Making ice cream on a regular basis sounds like a brilliant idea to me. . it’s the only way to get inventive, delicious and beautiful ice cream like this. Love it!

Belinda @themoonblushbakerSeptember 18, 2013 - 4:09 am

I have only got my ice cream maker recently too. In australia it is almost impossible to make ice cream in the middle of the day, so I was always have to stay up to 2am churning ice cream if I want it!
Jeni’s recipe for ice cream always comes out so creamy and does not melt as quickly (bonus).
I would never now that you had failures when I look at this delicious ice cream!

Jamie @lifelovelemonsSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:31 am

Brian, This looks amazing!!! One of the best flavor combinations is fig and balsamic, in my opinion! I need need need to get an ice cream maker!

Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:43 am

Thank you for not giving up! Ice cream is an indisbutable downfall of mine, I have learned to accept. I love this twist on flavors – so creative and fresh!

TieghanSeptember 18, 2013 - 9:02 am

I need figs in my life!! Please send me some! LOL! This ice cream is gorgeous and I LOVE the flavor combos!

steph@stephsbitebybiteSeptember 18, 2013 - 10:49 am

This ice cream is screaming my name!! And I’m just loving the pink tinge :)

dixya| food, pleasure, and healthSeptember 18, 2013 - 11:11 am

this is one of the most delicious combination..

KaseySeptember 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

This is one of my favorites from her book which, by the way, I use WAY more than I ever thought I’d use an ice cream book. This is just beautiful!

Kelli @ The Corner KitchenSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Such a great flavor combination going on here, and it’s prime time for figs right now! I adore Jeni’s book….by far my favorite go-to ice cream bases!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

I’m so happy you didn’t give up and came up with this! LOVE this flavour!

Sarah | The Sugar HitSeptember 18, 2013 - 11:15 pm

Oh, deliciousness. This looks heavenly.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.September 19, 2013 - 12:10 am

I think I just died! What a heavenly flavor combo!

Irina @ wandercrushSeptember 19, 2013 - 3:02 am

OH what a beautiful combination of flavours… I can’t imagine a better bowl of goodbye-summer ice cream. The first time I had balsamic paired with fruit was only a few summers ago, and I don’t know where it had been all my life. Now I can try it in an ice cream!

Jenny @ BAKESeptember 19, 2013 - 8:53 am

I love the flavour combo of this ice cream it sounds really fun! and these photos are gorgeous!

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

omg heaven!

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Andrew FrishmanSeptember 19, 2013 - 1:54 pm

MMnnnn… Higos con vinagre!

I LOVES me some Figs!

DessertForTwoSeptember 19, 2013 - 10:11 pm

This sounds like the only ice cream you’ll ever need for the summer-fall transition.

I’m curious what the corn syrup does to the ice cream. I’ve got to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 20, 2013 - 9:08 am

I’ve been dreaming of great figs since we left Italy. They are very hard to find here. Your ice-cream is so pretty and so perfect for summer:)

Jeanette's Healthy LivingSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I love the combination of figs and balsamic vinegar although I’ve never had it in ice cream form – what a creative idea!

DeLallo FoodsSeptember 20, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Wow! Looks delicious! We love figs and balsamic–a perfect dessert!

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 20, 2013 - 4:00 pm

I love the combination of fig and balsamic. Unfortunately, I haven’t found that many good figs this year!

JoanneSeptember 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

I used to consider ice cream making to be a hit or miss kind of thing until I tried jeni’s technique. Amazing. Every time.

Also. Figs. Yes.

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Deeba RajpalSeptember 21, 2013 - 2:32 pm

What an absolutely gorgeous combination Brain! I’m loving this!

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Coty and MariahSeptember 21, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Simply stunning! This looks unreal!

Gail {A Stack of Dishes}September 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

Thoroughly divine! Love the flavor combination. Thanks for this!

Shiloh BarkleySeptember 22, 2013 - 11:48 am

Oh man this looks amazing!! Vinegar is definitely a food group in my house.

JadeSeptember 22, 2013 - 5:10 pm

this sounds so amazing! i want to make this asap! beautiful photos!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 23, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Mmm…this sounds spectacular!

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KimberleySeptember 26, 2013 - 1:29 am

Figs and balsamic and cream, oh yes. I’ve had some ice cream fails too. If I leave the bowl in the freezer for, like, forevs, it seems to help the ice cream freeze better. :)

CarolynSeptember 26, 2013 - 7:31 am

boy I wish I could eat figs. You make them look so gorgeous!

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FloptimismOctober 5, 2013 - 6:09 pm

I so rarely use figs, especially fresh ones, but I had to bookmark this recipe…the photographs are amazing and the recipe sounds delicious! I also featured it on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up today, and hope you’ll stop by to check it out. Thanks for such a beautiful post, and enjoy your weekend!

Mike BettsOctober 14, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Beautiful stuff Brian! I’d like to do a soup shoot…whatcha think
(Currently listening to your Skinny Beet interview)

Joanna ThamOctober 15, 2013 - 1:51 am

I love eating figs but rarely used them in desserts. That’s because I really don’t quite know how to incorporate them yet. This post is truly inspiring and ice-cream is certainly perfect for the hot weather here, which happens to be all year round :) . Cheers

errol samuelsMay 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

what a combination like the idea well put amazing art work

FrancescaMay 22, 2014 - 5:25 am

You’ve combined some of my favorite stuff here – balsamic, figs + ice cream!