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Three More of My Least Favorite Things, Summer Edition

**Apologies for the schedule change. A bit of operator error kept this from posting in sequence and on time. Do forgive me, especially as I’m going negative here.**

Though it pains her to go negative, Gentle Readers, sometimes the gloves have to come off. The Practical Cook is opening the confessional booth to share with you a few items that will drive her from any summer picnic, get together, or pool. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Three of My Least Favorite Things, Summer Edition

1. FroYo. There, I said it. I don’t understand frozen yogurt. Yes, I get that it’s a toppings vector, but why? I don’t care for the texture, the flavor, or the concept of what I’m eating. And the term “FroYo” makes my teeth itch, actually itch. I said it a few more times in my head just to rid myself of the sensation. I know, this is a controversial stance, but I had to come out with it.

2. Chillie Willies. Again, perhaps the name is as unpalatable as the frozen chemical aftertaste. I have hated these since childhood. I don’t like sucking them out of plastic tubes, turning colors, or the taste. They never were properly frozen, and I could go on. Yes, I was that kid. Homemade ice cream spoiled me forever. Or homemade freezer pops, which gave you the opportunity to extract the flavor and leave the ice.

3. Celery Seed. I bring this up in the context of potato salad. I love potato salad, all kinds of it. I will accept overdressed, too mayo-ey, and all nationalities. However, if you dump a carton of celery seeds in there, I am leaving town. I’ve just come to accept celery into my pantheon of vegetables, I do not want essence of wrecking my potato experience. Please, I beg you, use a gentle hand with these.

Thank you, I feel much better now. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comment box below. Or add to the list, confession is very soothing.

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Summertime Snack Series: Popsicles (Chocolate Almond Cherry Edition with video)

With advance apologies to our readers who are yet to feel the stinging heat of summer, but down South, this is a timely post. The Practical Cook loves popsicles in theory, but is not a fan of the limited orange, cherry, grape ones that are readily available. A child of the 80’s, I wanted to get back to my Bill Cosby roots and have something more like a pudding pop.

Modern Day Pudding Pop

Modern Day Pudding Pop

Fast forward to modern times, and a local paleta shop call Locopops opened. It was a revelation. Their flavor combinations are limitless, and in two main categories, water and cream-based. Hurray. That will be a guiding principle here as well.

As recipes are developed, they will be shared here, so keep the suggestions coming!

Chocolate Almond Cherry Popsicle Recipe

There are some techniques that will help you reach popsicle success. For the tips and tricks, watch the how-to video here.

2 cups plain or vanilla flavored yogurt, or chocolate or vanilla pudding (if you use anything but plain yogurt, omit sweetener)
1/2 cup frozen sweet cherries
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional if using plain yogurt)
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup toasted almond slivers
chocolate syrup

1. Put yogurt, cherries, optional sweetener, and almond butter in a blender (or food processor). Blend it!

2. Put a spoonful or so of almond slivers in the bottom of your popsicle molds (or paper cups, if you must).

3. Pour the blended mixture in the molds until they’re half-full. Add a dollop of chocolate syrup into each mold. This creates the squishy center. Fill the molds to the top with the remaining popsicle mixture.

Fill the popsicle molds halfway.

Fill the popsicle molds halfway.

4. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

5. Loosen from mold with warm water. Eat.

Are you a popsicle fan? Do you chomp or lick? Post a comment here and share your popsicle stories!

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