take an adventure in ice Cream!
Do you like ICE CREAM! This book will have you screaming for more... which is why I am always creating new recipes and telling the stories of the friends who lead me on that adventure!
Over 24 years ago I bought a book that would change my life. It was filled with ice cream recipes and the history of how it came to be with recipes around the world. I loved it and began sharing all the ice cream i'd make with the friends that would come to the potlucks. As I grew more comfortable making it, they'd say "have you ever thought about making (insert - some random and unusual flavor)." In order to encourage people to come to the potlucks I'd say who ever RSVP's with a dish first to the potluck I'll make your flavor request as long as it's in season and edible!
One thing lead to another... one friend made me an Ice Cream Shoppe Sign. another set of friends created an Ice Cream FB page for me based on that sign. Someone else asked me what my company name was and challenged me to find a more interesting name....
I love telling stories, love doing everything from scratch, by hand and just plain creating it was inevitable that I finally took a friend up on the suggestion of writing it all down to share.
By the time I started to write the first edition of the book I had already made over 130 flavors, the book represents a fraction of those flavors and the friends that inspired each delicious note.
The original book- "The Story & Recipes of Valerie's Cat Eye sCream!" is an 8 1/2" square, spiral bound, full color, 104 pages. 100% handwritten and illustrated by me. The stories are like puzzles that you need to take your time to experience and savor. They can be read randomly or from cover to cover to tell the story of how my ice cream came to be.
The Updated and Expanded 1st Edition of the book is 2x the size 212 pages. and contains 100 recipes that will make your mouth water and 100 stories of those friends that inspired each flavor.
The recipes are comprised of hand drawn icons that Illustrate each step in the process. I have had cooks of all ages and skill level say, "I actually understand this better than a traditional cookbook."
I love doing everything from scratch. I mean everything... Not only will I teach you how to make a custard for the ice cream but you will also learn how to make graham crackers, marshmallows, cannoli shells, pie crust, potato chips, spouted nuts… just to name a few. Not all the recipes are complicated but, they all share one quality, they are delicious and worth the time it takes to make.
Don't just make one ice cream... make a few and serve them together to a group of friends. Savor them and take your time serve them in tiny bites and enjoy the flavor.
Here is the deal… I don’t sell ice cream… If you want my ice cream you are going to have to buy a book and make it yourself. If you don’t cook, find a friend who does and give them a book as a gift… then say, “Hey, let’s hang out and make some ice cream together!”
If you have the first edition please keep in mind it contains a few errors and mistakes that only got caught after the books were picked up from the printer. Please visit the “oops and corrections” page before starting a recipe. If you discover something that needs clarification please send me a message :)
The new edition has been expanded and revised to fix those mistakes. if you find an error please don't hesitate to let me know. but in the mean time Enjoy, Savor and Share with Friends! thanks Valerie :)
Keeping fingers crossed life returns to normal. All plans are subject to change but having said that! Save the date and I hope to see you there!
Well, I finally did it during a pandemic too! The new and improved expanded and revised 1st edition of the Story & Recipes of Valerie's Cat Eye sCream! book is finally on its way to me. Fingers crossed it should be arriving on Friday. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this become a reality and a special thanks to those that bought the book during the presale. It's almost here. Thank you for being patient while the delivery date kept pushing back. I'll be in touch soon to check that your mailing address has not changed and for those that ordered special personalized hang out while you watch me sign the book please look out for the email so we can arrange a time to sign your book live via your favorite social media or zoom.