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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  • September 18, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 4:09 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Jamie @lifelovelemons - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Dan from Platter Talk - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 9:02 am

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

  • September 18, 2013 - 10:49 am

    steph@stephsbitebybite - This ice cream is screaming my name!! And I’m just loving the pink tinge :)ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 11:11 am

    dixya| food, pleasure, and health - this is one of the most delicious combination..ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Kasey - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’m so happy you didn’t give up and came up with this! LOVE this flavour!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Sarah | The Sugar Hit - Oh, deliciousness. This looks heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2013 - 12:10 am

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - I think I just died! What a heavenly flavor combo!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2013 - 3:02 am

    Irina @ wandercrush - 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - I love the flavour combo of this ice cream it sounds really fun! and these photos are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn… Higos con vinagre!

    I LOVES me some Figs!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    DessertForTwo - 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 :)ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - 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:)ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Jeanette's Healthy Living - I love the combination of figs and balsamic vinegar although I’ve never had it in ice cream form – what a creative idea!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    DeLallo Foods - Wow! Looks delicious! We love figs and balsamic–a perfect dessert!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - I love the combination of fig and balsamic. Unfortunately, I haven’t found that many good figs this year!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Joanne - 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.ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] fig and balsamic ice cream. probably the best thing i saw all […]ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Deeba Rajpal - What an absolutely gorgeous combination Brain! I’m loving this!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    Currently Crushing On. | pinmeplease - […] fig and balsamic ice cream. probably the best thing i saw all […]ReplyCancel

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    Coty and Mariah - Simply stunning! This looks unreal!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Gail {A Stack of Dishes} - Thoroughly divine! Love the flavor combination. Thanks for this!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2013 - 11:48 am

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

  • September 22, 2013 - 5:10 pm

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

  • September 23, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Mmm…this sounds spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • September 25, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    Pinned with Love: September 2013 | Handmade Jade - […] Clipboards – by Liz @ Love Grows Wild 4. Fig & Balsamic Ice Cream – by Brian @ A Thought For Food 5. DIY Souvenir de Paris – by Imogene @ Simplette { diy in French w/ English page translation […]ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2013 - 1:29 am

    Kimberley - 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2013 - 7:31 am

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

  • October 1, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Basil Ice Cream | Dreaming Pencils - […] 13-Dark Chocolate Chip Orange Olive Oil Ice Cream 14-Roasted Strawberry and Mascarpone Ice Cream 15-Fig and Balsamic Ice Cream 16-Fresh Fig Ice […]ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Weekend Wrap-Up: Love Your Self | Floptimism - […] dipped in a rum-caramel sauce, and enrobed in homemade toasted marshmallow. That is what this is. Fig & Balsamic Ice Cream Fruit & Nut Pancakes Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste – My mom will be sorry I discovered […]ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Floptimism - 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!


  • October 14, 2013 - 7:58 pm

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

  • October 15, 2013 - 1:51 am

    Joanna Tham - 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 :). CheersReplyCancel

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    errol samuels - what a combination like the idea well put amazing art workReplyCancel

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

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    Fig and Balsamic Ice Cream - […] Adapted from: A Thought For Food […]ReplyCancel

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    10 fig recipes you have to try | Interior Design Blogs - […] No 5. Fig and balsamic ice cream […]ReplyCancel

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  • September 15, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Kulsum - LOVELY photos B, xoReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 12:57 am

    Mike C Smith - Wonderful photo’s, caught the light perfectly.
    Food is my thing, and if it’s healthy food so much the better, and what can be a healthier sweetener than honey, full of natural goodness, packing energy to keep you going all day long.
    Thank you for sharing
    Mike C SmithReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Jeanette - Very cool. I’ve always wanted to see how honey is made – beautiful photography!ReplyCancel

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    Liren - What a dreamy assignment! Just gorgeous images, Brian, how I wish I could dip my finger in that drippy hive for a taste :)ReplyCancel

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    Dan from Platter Talk - Fantastic piece with absolutely beautiful photography. Love it all, thank you for posting!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Gail Dosik - Brian, how beautiful!!! And no white beekeeper suit!!ReplyCancel

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    The Bearfoot Baker - Gorgeous pictures!! I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn!… I LOVES me some honey, especially when it’s sweet.

    Creo que este canción no tiene que ver solamente con miel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aklA-iwKkHEReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2013 - 7:13 am

    Joanne - AWESOME photos. Ever since that talk at BSP4 on bees, I am kind of fascinated by them!ReplyCancel

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    Carolyn - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Gorgeous photos, Brian! She is so brave to do that without her suit! :)ReplyCancel

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    Rochelle - Last spring we has a small hive of honey bees land in our backyard looking for a place to make a home. My husband went to the local bee hive box guy and got the goods to give them a good home. Hopefully next spring/summer we’ll be able to harvest some of their raw honey and I can play in the kitchen with ideas like you have here!ReplyCancel

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.  I’m celebrating a birthday this weekend… the last year in my 20s. I know, SO OLD! I must admit that I’ve been looking forward to turning the big THREE-OH for a while. And now that we are only a year a way, we can start planning (not that I haven’t been for the past five years). Seriously, I have visions… and it involves a multi-course seafood dinner at a well known New York establishment (Eric, are you reading this?).

We’re keeping my 29th birthday quiet this year, because Eric and I could use a little alone time after a summer full of travel and family vacations and work… and more work.  The Cape house is ours (ALL OURS) and our goal is to just sit on the deck, read, listen to music, sleep, drink, eat… drink some more, eat some more. We do have grand plans to pull out the charcoal grill to smoke some more bluefish, as well as salmon and maybe even oysters (I know, I know… tough life).  Oh, yes, and there will be margaritas. Not sure you knew that I’m a tequila fan. A fresh margarita and some fish tacos… I don’t really need anything else.

My friend, fellow blogger and Boys Club contributor, Greg Henry, has come out with a wonderful new book full of unique cocktail recipes called Savory Cocktails. I had it on our coffee table for a few days and Eric and I kept poking through it, tabbing recipes we want to try.  For any cocktail enthusiasts out there, this book is totally for you.

Greg and the publisher of Savory Cocktails have been generous enough to offer a copy to give away to one A Thought For Food reader.

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post (would love to hear what your favorite cocktail is).

Bonus entry: Tweet about the giveaway by clicking here, then come back to tell us you’ve done so.

Giveaway Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Open to US and Canadian residents only . Giveaway will end on September 20th 2013 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

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  • September 12, 2013 - 12:19 am

    Ethan - I’m a sucker for a spicy Bloody Caesar with all the garnishes…bacon, grilled shrimp, pickled beans, pickle, the more the better!
    Happy early bday! :) You are sooooo oldReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 5:11 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - I must be so boring because I still can not go past a good gin and tonic. Sometimes I like to mix up a mint, cucumber and sake version but I still love original.
    Happy Birthday BTW! Your not old, you are 20 plus 10!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 7:16 am

    Joanne - Happy birthday Brian!! It sounds like you guys are going to celebrate splendidly…or at least the way I would want to! With lots of food and cuddling lol.

    And margaritas. I like cocktails with a savory edge way more than sweet ones and the ginger black pepper combo is definitely intriguing.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Such a fun giveaway! This recipe looks lovely.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Ali @ Inspiralized - Happy early birthday, Brian! Really enjoying your blog – your photography is amazing, very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Dan from Platter Talk - Happy Pre-Birthday!! And, the Cape house AND these libations sound like the perfect combo – regardless of your age! Great post, once again. Thanks for the post!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 9:51 am

    dixya| food, pleasure, and health - happy birthday :) Hope you have a wonderful one..I am a gin + tonic girl with 1 lime..ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:31 am

    katie - how nice! my favorite cocktails are classic bloody mary’s, but I like to make it all from scratch! happy birthday :-)ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:32 am

    katie - I tweeted about the giveaway too! @ktnloReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - I love a really good margarita and would be happy to try your spicy version. A super fun giveaway! Congrats to your friend and his book.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Alison - Happy birthday! I’ve just discovered your blog and love the recipes (and photos). I’m enjoying the summer of gimlets here in Seattle, but will definitely try out this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Sarah H.P. - My favorite cocktail is a Kahlua and Cream!ReplyCancel

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    Liren - Oh don’t even get me started on getting old! If you ever get bummed, just think of me. Drinking a margarita 😉 Happy birthday, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Kristina - I love gin cocktails, and my friend makes an awesome Aviation.ReplyCancel

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    Jeri Smith - Happy Birthday!! My favorite cocktail (although I more of a beer drinker) would have to be bloody Mary’s with the garden thrown in…Spicy Green Beans, celery, pickles, olives…the more the betterReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Ashley - My favorite is the Abbey cocktail from the Bitters book. Great cocktail book also! :)ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Alina - Happy almost-30! I’ve only been following for a short time but everything on this site is lovely. My favorite cocktail would have to be a Manhattan. (& I also tweeted about the giveaway :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - You kids and your idea of old. My daughter is 30 tomorrow…so hush!! And Happy Birthday!

    I’ve got this book and just love it. I made Greg’s Aperol and Tequila Cocktail for my giveaway post; I’m a tequila lover too but enjoy branching out from margaritas and trying it in other manifestations. I’ll try yours if you’ll try mine!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Morgan @ Peaches, Please! - Happy birthday! Don’t worry, the next decade is sure to be a good one! My favorite cocktails are a really good old fashioned and a dark and stormy. Oh, and a scofflaw. Super tasty.ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Eileen - Happy birthday! And what a great giveaway. I generally go for cocktail classics–gin & tonic is a big favorite at our house. Lately I’ve been all about Greyhounds–grapefruit juice for the win! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    Megan - Ooh.. Love ginger. Love pepper. Love spicy drinks.
    Definitely going to give this a try!

    Wishing you a very happy birthday…ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Adri Barr Crocetti - Tanti auguri! Have a magnificent birthday and enjoy your farewell to your twenties. This book is a “must have” for anyone who enjoys a nice cocktail or who wants to learn. My favorite cocktail is surely the Hanky Panky. Please, don’t enter me in your drawing. I’ve got a copy of the book and several others ready to give away as hostess gifts this holiday season. Let’s let it go to someone who has not seen this treasure. Best wishes to your winner for much joy and conviviality!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    KL - Tanqueray and tonicReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - such an interesting combo!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut - I love the idea of black pepper in a cocktail!
    My fave is a classic Mai Tai!
    Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Babs - A really great margarita!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Debbie Bray - champagne cocktailReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Chhavi - I love caipirinha..!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:16 pm

    Jessica w - I like things sweet so I like an amaretto sour the bestReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    Traci - My generic cocktail is gin, club soda, and lime which is way too boring so I need to learn some fun new ones!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    Monet - Ah! Happy birthday, sweet friend! I can’t wait to hear how you spent the weekend (and I’m already excited to hear how you spend the big 3-0!) My favorite cocktail is a good mojito. I wish I wasn’t breastfeeding. I would love one now!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:11 pm

    MaryB - I love any spicy cocktail or else a classic gin and tonic. The ginger in the recipe above sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • September 12, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    Nadine Joy Kurland - I’ve had to “train” myself to drink, but now that I have I love having an evening cocktail. This looks lovely.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 1:57 am

    Christy Spurlock - Spicy Bloody Mary’sReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 2:02 am

    Christy Spurlock - I tweeted about the giveaway……https://twitter.com/christyjs/status/378337864120934400ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 3:48 am

    Sara Peterson Davis - We love a classic gin and tonic, or a mojito.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 4:38 am

    Today's Dental - Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Carolyn - Love this! I love a good plain margarita but I am pretty sure the ginger and pepper would be great too. Which reminds me that I need to read Greg’s book and review it!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Kimmers - Happy Birthday! I shall be re-tweeting your give-away directly. :)

    Can’t pick a single favorite, but we developed a couple seasonal House Drinks. One is the “Fall Classic”: apple cider, gin, and Fee Whiskey Barrel Bitters. The other it titled an “I Beg Your Pardon?” It is a playful whiskey sour using house made kumquat bitters, kumquat and cinnamon simple syrup, and garnished with – you guessed it — a kumquat. :)ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Kimmers - Tweeted about the give-away. Looks like a great book.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Oriana - That book looks boss. I’m really interested in learning how to mix more savory drinks.
    My favorite drink is a nice and simple gin and tonic.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    6 Things to do This Weekend 9/13/ | Elements of Summer - […] Ginger and Black Pepper Margaritas – tonight my friends and I will be “touring” some very cool bars in honor of my birthday downtown, and I wanted to provide you the opportunity to have a unique drink with us! […]ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2013 - 10:03 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmmnnn… I loves me some Margaritas, especially when they are Margaritas.

    ¡Hasta la Margarita, Siempre!ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Tamara Coleman - Well, this cocktails does sound savory and perfect for TACO TUESDAY! :)

  • September 14, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Jeanene Kaht - Happy Birthday! I am a fan of Tequila too. Last time I was in Mexico I bought some Pomegranite (?) tequila. It was interesting!ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Beth - I love an Old Fashioned or the Vieux Bonal at Au Cheval in ChicagoReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Sarah - I love a good gimlet or a brazen brandy alexander. :-)ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - i just moved so i am out of touch. This looks amazingReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2013 - 12:35 am

    Michelle Tingley - My favorite drink right now is equal parts Three Olives Vodka Dude and Orange Mango Juice over ice. Yum :)ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    Jennifer P - Happy Birthday! Overall I have not met a cocktail i didn’t like, but my favorites are those made with fresh juices as a sweetener (don’t want or like the extra sugar!!)ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Mona Martin Davies - I love me a sidecar.ReplyCancel