Lemon Basil Ice Cream & A Visit From Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia Pellegrini: Lemon Basil Ice Cream Oh friends do I have an amazing treat for you today…ICE CREAM. Make that two amazing treats. I have my awesome pal Georgia Pellegrini guest posting with her gorgeous homemade Lemon Basil Ice Cream! *happy dance* If you have never met Georgia before then here is your chance to hang with one of the finest chefs, hunters, writers and well rounded gals I know. She will make you crave local, seasonal ingredients.

She will inspire you to dash outdoors to garden, forage and roam the land for your food. Her recipes are amazing and her story telling will give you the giggles and you’ll learn lots. Her tagline is Redefining Slow Food. Those 3 words say it all. Really. *all of the gorgeous photos in this post are from Georgia Pellegrini.

Take it away miss Georgia Pellegrini ……

I am thrilled to be paying a visit to Marla and MarlaMeridith.com today. This is one of my favorite blogs because not only do I adore Marla as a friend, but her cooking and recipes are right up my alley. I’m going to share one of my favorite summer recipes with you, with ingredients straight from my garden and my chicken coop, and perfect for this summer heat. It turns the idea of a sweet treat on its head a bit by adding something savory to the mix– it’s Lemon Basil Ice Cream!

Georgia Pellegrini: Lemon Basil Ice Cream, Scenes-from-Tulipwood

For those of you who don’t know me (Georgia Pellegrini) yet, I grew up in a place called Tulipwood on the same land that my great grandfather lived on in the Hudson Valley. I developed a great appreciation for living off the land and getting dirt under my finger nails. We have very loud guinea hens, and a fleet of Rhode Island Reds, and once there was a love story between a rooster named Buster and a white hen named Lucy.

There are also dozens of wild turkeys that roam around. In fact they’ve just hatched some new members of the family.

There are also the small pleasures and first times here, like the first blueberry of the season, the important task of summer gardening, the battle against the woodchucks, weeding the new garden with its very tall deer fence, seeing the chickens play outside in the grass selecting worms and fighting over tortellini scraps…and the anticipation of robbing the honeybees for the first time every year.

Georgia Pellegrini: Lemon Basil Ice Cream, Collage

I travel a lot these days in order to write my books. But when I stop in to visit Tulipwood, I like to cook as much as possible. I have cooked a lot with my grandmother through the years and planted her kitchen herb garden often since she thinks there is nothing better than fresh herbs. One of her favorite herbs to grow is stevia leaves, a natural sweetener. She and I don’t have a sweet tooth… in fact, she taught me that in most recipes, you can often cut the sugar down to about 1/3 of what it calls for and taste the rest of the ingredients much better that way.

But there is something about this ice cream… I think what makes it so intoxicating is the basil. She would have preferred I use stevia here, and you definitely can if you have it handy!

Georgia Pellegrini: Lemon Basil Ice Cream

One of the things I like about making my own ice cream is knowing how simple the ingredient profile truly is. I think it’s catching on, because have you noticed now there is a certain brand of Hagen Daaz promoting just “4 simple ingredients?”

For this, I went out to the chicken coop and grabbed a few eggs, zested a lemon, added sugar, cream, milk and picked some basil. And a pinch of salt.

Georgia Pellegrini: Lemon Basil Ice Cream

I just heated the milk and cream with the zest and basil along with a pinch of salt. Brought it up to a boil, then shut off the heat and let it infuse. I also stirred it often so the bottom didn’t scorch.

The only tricky part here is that you “temper” the yolk. That simply means you add a bit of the warm liquid to it rather than all at once. If you added it all at once, you would likely cook the eggs. You mix the eggs with a bit of the warm liquid, and then add a little bit more, stirring constantly, scraping down the sides to avoid scrambled eggs.

Then you return it all to the sauce pan and stir it constantly over low heat until it thickens to the point where you can leave a track with your finger on the spatula.

Then, you run it through the ice cream maker and in about an hour, you have…

Georgia Pellegrini: Lemon Basil Ice Cream

This! It was about 100 degrees outside with lots of humidity, so yours may not melt faster than you can snap a photo. But either way it’s spectacular.

I think it truly is my favorite. What’s your favorite ice cream?

*Thanks  Georgia Pellegrini! By the way did you see last month I paid her a visit? We like hanging out for reals and on each others blogs. Also Georgia has authored two books Food Heroes and Girl Hunter. You can also follow Georgia on Twitter, Facebook, RSS and StumbleUpon.


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*This post was added to Tidymom’s I’m Loving It Friday’s series

~ Marla Meridith

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68 thoughts on “Lemon Basil Ice Cream & A Visit From Georgia Pellegrini

  1. What a lovely tag team: two amazing, talented, and gorgeous ladies teaming up for one fantastic post.

    Thanks, you two.

    And Marla, we are missing you down here in San Diego! I just posted about TWO events that I went to Thurs night. Lori said she wants a private camera session with you b/c your photos are always so amazing 🙂

    1. Averie, I will dash over to your blog now to read about San Diego. Awesome that you are having so much fun and meeting awesome pals like Lori! I think I will take her up on that private camera session – would be a blast!

  2. That picture of the woman in the blue shirt at the table… is stunning. Brought tears to my eyes. I am not kidding… it moved me! This is a touching a beautiful post with so many things to ponder and consider. As well as a wonderful recipe! 🙂 Thanks Marla and Georgia!

    1. Amanda, yup it will make you ponder, consider and slow down a bit huh! When I see the beauty of Tulipwood farm and G’s family it makes me reconsider opening up any food in wrappers.

  3. oh Georgia this look FABULOUS!!

    I LOVE the picture with your grandma, make me miss mine! Both of my grandmas would have loved my blog, I wish they were both still here for me to share them with my readers!

  4. what lovely photos and a delicious-looking recipe! tulipwood looks like such a happy, charming place. i’m ready to move out to the farm! 🙂 thanks for sharing pretty georgia with us…

    1. Erin, she is an amazing gal with lots of energy! Do go get her book Food Heroes. It is wonderful and very inspirational. I will make you want to seek out culinary artisans and use locally sourced ingredients.

  5. Looks and sounds amazing! Though I’m not making ice cream I am doing my own Lemon Basil post/recipe as we speak… muffins and maybe shortbread cookies if I’m energetic!

    1. Lemon Basil anything is great in my book! Please come back and share your links if you post those recipes. I will be on the lookout too 🙂

  6. What a lovely guest post – thanks for inviting us all in to share the inspiration – love those little fuffy chicks… FYI I think that certain ice cream is actually FIVE ingredients – and the name of their brand at HD.

  7. Beautiful doesn’t adequately describe the way I feel about this post. Its more than that. Inspiring! I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never met Georgia. Thank you for introducing me 🙂

  8. Oh man! Like, seriously?! Lemon and basil in an ice cream? I am SO loving your guest blogger and what a shame I never visited her blog before. I will correct that right now! But before that I have to make this ice cream since I have both lemon and basil at home and a lot of time in hand over the weekend. Yay, thanks for the recipe and a fabulous guest post Marla!!

  9. What a fabulous treat!!! Georgia you are so creative! I never would have thought of those 2 ingredients for icecream but it sounds very fun and refreshing! Incredible photos. Love the lone blueberry! Those chicks are adorable! Miss you Marla but I know you are in your happy place full of love, freedom and inspiration. xo

    1. Hey Angie, G is super creative and a very talented chef. That single blueberry is a try treat huh! She has a great eye for composition & photography.
      As far as being in my happy place….Never want to leave. Ever.

  10. I may not have a chicken coop, but I do have fresh basil and a local grocery store. I cannot WAIT to try this. So simple, I can only imagine how DIVINE it tastes. Leave it to wonderful people like yourself to bring totally fantastic things into my life that would not otherwise exist!!

  11. Thanks for highlighting my Smoky Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream recipe. Really like the natural green of this recipe. Will have to try a basil flavor the next time I make ice cream.

    By the way, great shot of the rooster and hen having a conversation at the door.

  12. What a gorgeous guest post with such a great message behind it!

    I made thai basil ice cream recently and I think lemon basil must be next. Looks delicious!

  13. Hi Marla, nice to meet you 😉 thanks for visit and comment my blog (sorry for my bad english 🙂 I added to my blogroll very pleased not to lose your post.
    Have a nice day

  14. What a lovely place. Wow. I feel like I’ve been on a mini-vacation this morning.Thank you.

    You asked about our favorite ice cream. Until now I would have said mango sorbet, but I’ve changed my mind. It’s lemon basil.

    1. Carrie, I know Tulipwood is pretty beyond belief. An idyllic setting for certain. Would love my kids to have a run around there 🙂

  15. Georgia and Marla- what a beautiful post! I love the pictures of your grandmother’s farm, and the sweet one of her. I do actually have tons of stevia growing in my garden, and I never have done much with it besides use it in iced tea. I guess this beautiful ice cream is now on my list!

  16. Georgia this is a wonderful post, and how nice to see photos of your rural life and hear about times cooking with your grandmother, those are truly special experiences. And this ice cream! I love making my own homemade ice cream, and basil and lemon pair together perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I just love this flavor combo for ice cream! So fresh. You two are just adorable and make me smile always. Hmmm…my favorite flavor. I have to go with coffee vanilla bean. I know, typical but I love it. Xoxo-Shari

  18. Love to try this out! I definitely agree with your grandmother, most recipes use way too much sugar, totally covers the taste of other ingredients.

  19. This recipe is delicious!
    Instead of mixing it in a blender I started by chopping the basil in a food processor.
    Also after mixing both the egg yolks and the cream I passed it through a strainer before returning it to the sauce pan.
    I personally think there is a little bit too much sugar but my husband doesn’t think so.
    Next time I double the recipe because!

  20. I tried out this recipe and it’s delicious! But two things to note:
    -I think it’s important to mention that the egg mixture should be cooked until it reaches 160 degrees (http://www.eggsafety.org/consumers/egg-safety).
    -The ice cream will have a smoother consistency if you let the base cool overnight in the fridge before running it through the ice cream maker.

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Lemon Basil Ice Cream to die for. Thanks for the recipe, I made it yesterday and served it to some friends and they loved it.
    I did find that it was a very light set and I would have liked it just a little thicker. Have you any suggestions how to do this? I churned it for at least 50 minutes.
    But it was a fabulous taste! Thanks again