Monday, November 25, 2013

Food Post: Thanksgving in Ice Cream.. Salt & Straw

To sit down to a 5 course Thanksgiving dinner is great.. To sit at a down to a 5 course Thanksgiving comprised of 5 courses of just ice cream is killer.   To sit down to a five course Thanksgiving dinner comprised of just ice cream by Salt and Straw at Joan's on Third is an experience out of this world.

I did just exactly that with Joan and Salt and Straw's Founder/Culinary Director Kim Malek and Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek last week to indulge in their Thanksgiving Series..and
indulge I did.  Now I've had  scoops of Salt and Straw at Joan's on Third..but I still had no idea of the genius of Tyler and Kim. 

First a quick snippet about Salt & Straw..  I've only been to Portland once.   It was years ago when I was cast in a Clorox commercial.  Sad for me Salt and Straw did not yet exist.   Now with three standing shops located in the heart of Portland, Oregon Salt and Straw is pure home spun amazingness.  Each flavor hand crafted and made in small batches from ingredients curated from local Oregon farms.  This ice cream is like no other.   17% butter fat makes it among the creamiest ice creams I have ever had. 

Alright back to the Thanksgiving Feast..  5 carefully crafted ice creams that turn all the traditions of a Thanksgiving feast on its back. 

With ingredients that most of the world would never think to combine,  Tyler Malek has masterfully crafted blends like Sweet Potato & Candied Pecans, Mince Meat Pie and Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey (which happens to be my personal favorite).     Let there be no mistake.. They are all yummy.

..And for those of us who reside in L.A. The Thanksgiving five flavor variety pack is available at Joan’s on Third.   You can contact Joan’s directly to pre order for the holiday.    It makes the perfect host gift for the evening. 

Here are the Flavors and the incredible ingredients

Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey
All the flavors of a roasted turkey, its juices and the caramelized onions underneath are packed into this sweet and salty caramel ice cream.

Apple Cranberry Stuffing
Cranberries, apples, and a variety of spices are used to flavor a hearty bread pudding of fresh baked, white bread. This is highlighted by a uniquely, celery-sweetened ice cream.

Mincemeat Pie
A holiday spiced ice cream frames this medley of dried figs, cherries, currants, and apples that have been slowly steeped in brandy and fresh citrus.

Sweet Potato and Candied Pecans
A puree of sweet potatoes in this ice cream, along with gooey marshmallow fluff and roasted pecans, creates a dessert reminiscent of that sweet, caramelized, mushy mess that always took up the largest corner of the Thanksgiving plate when we were kids.

Pumpkin Custard Swirled in Spiced Chèvre
Pumpkin custard, the filling that makes Pumpkin Pies so delicious, is piped into a spiced Chèvre ice cream. The locally produced chèvre is tart and rich like a goat cheese cheesecake.

 How cute is this table..
For those who don't want to grab the 5 pack.. Joan's on Third caries a variety of Salt & Straw flavors available by the scoop and by the pint.
with Salt & Straw founders Tyler Malek & Kim Malek
 Big Ole thank you to Joan,  Tyler and Kim for a great evening!  I can't wait to get to back Portland one day!

 Thanksgiving..Joan's on Third and Salt & Straw..

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