Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brain Freeze

When my sister-in-law, who lives in Savannah, GA,  heard we were going to be slammed by snow, she asked me if I wanted her mom's recipe for Snow Cream.

I said I would love to have it. Betty was a wonderful cook.

This is what she wrote:
Don't know Mom's exact Snow Cream recipe. She used to make it in Tennessee when it snowed. I remember the contents and how good it was, but not the measurements. Mom took lots and lots of clean snow, added sugar, vanilla and milk. Healthy, no, but SO good.
Sure, leave off the proportions so I can improvise, the surefire way to splendid cooking.

(Technically, I'm not sure I know the best way to capture falling snow. Be assured, it's coming down in earnest.)

It looks like there will be enough Snow Cream for everyone, even if we have to experiment a little with the ratios.

While we are tasting winter here, a shout out to my childhood pal Cam (safe in Key West) and the fearsome icicles we snapped off the power company's roof and then licked until our tongues couldn't stand it anymore.

Clearly, ice dams were not a worry in those days, which worked out very well for us as we licked these foot-long spirals of ice and yelled out "Grape!" then "Lime!" then "Blue!"

"Blue's not a flavor!"

"How come orange is?"

"Good question. Okay, blue's a flavor."

So, if you have lots of  snow and cold, what are you doing? Looking for your sled? Cooking up snow cones? Hiding in the pantry with Cadbury Creme Eggs? Leave me a comment.


Johanna said...

Okay Sue, you challenged me. I found a Snow Cream recipe that looks like what Mom used to make. 1 gallon snow (Yikes, if we get 2 flakes here, they shut down the schools for a week!) 1 cup white sugar. 1 TBS vanilla, 1 cup milk. Mix and serve at once. I just remember how good it was. I was a kid. Anything with sugar was gourmet!

Naperville Now said...

Thank you for straightening out those ratios :)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

No snow here...wish we could make some snow cream!
Stay warm....

Irene said...

Our snow is all melted now, so none of that delicious snow cream for me. I am sure I would have eaten the whole gallon of it in one night. I think it is a very inventive use of snow. xox

sandy @ french laundry 132 said...

My Mom always made us snow ice cream too when we were little too. It was sooooooo gooood ♥ (she also grew up in Tennessee)

Maureen said...

Plenty of snow is falling here tonight and I'm hiding inside until it's over. It's a good time to putter away at all the small jobs I never seem to get around to.

Kathy Roberts said...

I've never heard of snow cream but it sounds like fun. No snow here but if we did I love to cuddle in front of the fireplace with my Yorkie. Missing her lots.

Kathy and Freddy said...

Never heard of snow cream here in Illinois, but I certainly remember the icicles with their imaginary flavors!