Jim and Derek- Engagement Pictures and Ice Cream!

May 13, 2012

While working on Jim and Derek’s wedding, it occurred to me that their engagement pictures didn’t get posted while we were working on the website changeover. Here are the photos we took at the Burbank home and at the Griffith Park Observatory. Jim and Derek met while working on America’s Next Top Model, so the Hollywood sign seemed quite appropriate!

I am, I think appropriately, obsessed with their backyard. I dream of sitting out there and reading for like a week. They have a grapefruit and an orange tree (amazing), and their neighbor’s Meyer lemons grow through the fence. Both times we’ve been out there this year I smuggled fresh citrus back in my suitcase for ice cream!

Fresh Citrus Ice Cream
Use Oranges or Meyer Lemons- Recipe based on Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Juice from 2-3 fruit
2 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Karo Syrup
Boil for a minute or two, until it gets syrupy. Set it aside to cool.

Ice Cream Base:
2c Whole Milk
1 1/4c Cream
Zest from 3 fruit
2/3c Sugar
1tbsp Corn Starch made into a slurry with some milk
Combine and boil for 4 minutes, slowly add the slurry and then boil for 1 additional minute, until it’s thick

In a separate bowl, scoop out 2 tbsp of mushed up cream cheese and a pinch of salt. Strain the base and syrup into this bowl and whisk smooth. Chill (a ziplock in an ice bath is fastest) and churn.