About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Egg Custard Gelato / The Chimney Sweep's Gelato

Ingredients: Egg yolks, sugar, milk, orange peel and a tablespoon of Grand Marnier.

The base for this recipe comes together easier than other ice cream recipes I have made. The hardest part was waiting for the mixture to cool completely before freezing. This custard has a lighter texture than most homemade frozen custards. It is sweet but not too sweet with a nice orange undertone. I was surprised how creamy it turned out since it was made with whole milk. I found this to be tasty and refreshing.

Egg Custard Gelato

The Chimney’s Sweep Gelato is a way to enhance an already delicious treat. A tablespoon of Bourbon is poured over a scoop of egg custard gelato. Then espresso is sprinkled on top. I could not eat this recipe so I enlisted Deborah as my taste tester. “This is really good” she said as her eyes rolled. “You have to taste it. Just stick your finger in it. That won’t do any harm.” Deborah can be very persuasive.

I have started a count down until I can make this again. I cannot wait to enjoy my own bowl. I love and miss Bourbon and espresso. Having both swirl and mingle with the creamy gelato was delightful. That was the best pinky fingertip sized taste I’ve ever had.

The Chimney Sweep's Gelato

Comments (1)

Marcella Hazan:

When I am too lazy to make my own egg custard gelato, I make my Chimney Sweep's with the best vanilla ice cream I can get. No, it is not ever remotely as good as my gelato di crema, but now that I am old I allow myself to be lazy sometimes, and the guests swoon over it. What do they know?

Commercial break: I use only Gentleman Jack on it.

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