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Aug 142013

Creamy Orange Sherbet

Now that we have our ice cream maker, I want to delve into making homemade sherberts and orange is on top of my list as it will be paired up with our homemade vanilla ice cream. Speaking of which, today is National Creamsicle Day, you know those wonderfully refreshing desserts on a stick! I have always been a big fan of that combo and now I can create it at home. This recipe contains Grand Marnier, but of course that is optional if you have children at home, so just leave it out of the mixture. Last year, I posted a Dreamsicle Ice Cream Cake that is easy to put together if you have vanilla ice cream and orange sherbert hanging around in the freezer!

orange sherbet


Creamy Orange Sherbet
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • ¼ teas salt
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier (optional)
  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Meantime, heat the milk over low heat, add sugar and salt and stir to dissolve.
  3. Remove from heat and add the gelatin and stir to dissolve.
  4. Combine the juices and add the orange rind.
  5. Slowly add the milk mixture; stir in Grand Marnier.
  6. Continue according to your ice cream, manufactures' instructions.
  7. If you have no machine, pour mixture into a freezing tray, place in freezer and stir every half hour until mixture is frozen.


Hope you enjoy!

Jun 032013

Smokey Orange Flavored Turkey

We don’t smoke on the grill too often any more as it’s just the two of us, but this is a great way to whoop up a turkey without heating up the kitchen during the summer season. This month is National Turkey Lovers Month and turkey is one of my all time favorite meats. When I cook up a turkey, I probably eat 75% of that baby myself and always amazing husband how I can eat it day after day. I really don’t understand why June would be dedicated to turkey lovers as November would be much more reasonable in my mind. So here we go on a Monday!


smoked turkey

Smokey Orange Flavored Turkey
  • 1 small turkey, (8-10 lbs)
  • 2 navel oranges, cut in half
  • 1 teas poultry seasoning
  • 1 medium sweet onion, quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, cut in chunks
  1. Have turkey thawed and remove the neck and giblets; rinse and pat dry.
  2. While the grill is getting prepped for smoking, rub turkey with 2 of the orange halves and sprinkle poultry season inside and outside of the bird.
  3. Place the oranges, onion and celery inside the turkey.
  4. Secure the neck skin to the bottom of the bird with poultry pins, bring wings up over the breast and tie with kitchen string.
  5. Tie legs together and tie to the tail.
  6. To smoke, follow manufacturers' for you smoker being sure to add more hickory chips as needed and more charcoal to keep an even temperature.
  7. Let turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving.


Well folks, I’m out of here to get ready for company tomorrow………….enjoy!

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