Best Vanilla Icecream

Mom, this post is for you,  because you bought me the Cook’s Illustrated subscription.

All I can say to the world in general is: go buy yourself some vanilla beans from Amazon. I know the article in CI recommends the McCormick’s $8.99 bottle (2 beans!), but you can get it a whole lot cheaper in bulk. And look at the speckly goodness in that creamy scoop! I don’t even like vanilla ice cream on its own but this recipe changed my mind. Thanks Mom for the magazine! The recipe is a real keeper.


The Blue Bowl

The Blue Bowl
by Blanche Bane Kuder

All day I did the little things,
The little things that do not show;
I brought the kindling for the fire
I set the candles in a row,
I filled a bowl with marigolds,
The shallow bowl you love the best—
And made the house a pleasant place
Where weariness might take its rest.

The hours sped on, my eagar feet
Could not keep pace with my desire.
So much to do, so little time!
I could not let my body tire;
Yet, when the coming of the night
Blotted the garden from my sight,
And on the narrow, graveled walks
Between the guarding flower stalks
I heard your step: I was not through
With services I meant for you.

You came into the quiet room
That glowed enchanted with the bloom
Of yellow flame.  I saw your face,
Illumined by the firelit space,
Slowly grow still and comforted—
“It’s good to be at home,” you said.