Vanilla Bean Ice Cream served up with Balsamic Drizzle and Fresh Stawberries

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The nights are starting to warm up and the days are stretching out longer and longer.  It is time to start having peeps over for casual barbecues and hang-outs.  Here is a recipe that will make life simple AND make you look like a culinary rockstar!!  You can’t beat it for ease and sophistication.  Vanilla bean ice cream from a container, drizzled with balsamic glaze and fresh cut strawberries that are prolific this time of year.

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Fortunately for me, I was able to just pull out my jar of balsamic glaze from the fridge today.  I love to buy a bottle of balsamic vinegar and cook it down to a glaze on the stovetop.  It is super easy and it keeps forever in the fridge.  It is always nice having a showstopper ingredient at the ready!  It made for a perfect “something sweet” for Sam and I today…especially since we were busy making pies for a wedding and only wanted a taste of something sweet and fresh….no pie please.

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We did manage to add a bit of starch to our dessert…who can resist the crunch of a cookie with their ice cream?

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As I always say, we eat with our eyes, as well as our tastebuds.  What a gorgeous dish…and the flavor was enough to make me want to bathe in it!  Wow!  That’s all I have to say.  You have got to try this one out!  It’s so easy!!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Balsamic Drizzle and Fresh Strawberries

  • Balsamic Reduction
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • honey sesame cookies (optional)

If you don’t already have balsamic glaze in your fridge (like me), pour an entire jar of balsamic vinegar into a pan and cook it until it thickens (takes a bit of time) or buy it at Trader Joe’s for $1.99.  Scoop out some ice cream, drizzle on your balsamic glaze and top with freshly sliced strawberries.  Serve with a couple of cookies for crunch.  Enjoy the decadence!

Bon appetit!

~Chanda

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