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Apple Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce: Our Grand Debut + Cookbook Giveaway!

Hello, dear friends –old and new. A few years ago, I started a little food blog called eating/sf. A year or two later, my boyfriend at the time (then fiance, now husband) started pairing albums to go with my recipes. He was pretty good at it and started to really like blogging himself. So his individual Musical Pairings soon turned into a partner blog. We’ve had a lot of fun together: cooking, going to shows, listening to music, discovering new albums, recipes, restaurants, etc. And soon we realized that we were outgrowing our old homes. So we decided to find ourselves a new one. When we started this process, in the beginning of the summer of 2010, we didn’t realize that we’d end up joining forces with an awesome developer/design team and we didn’t realize that our new home would also have a new name. But alas, I’ve come to realize: change is a good thing. So, welcome.

Welcome to Turntable Kitchen, where you’ll be able to find new recipes, album reviews, Musical Pairings, Single Servings, city guides, occasional restaurant reviews and product reviews. We’re so glad to have you join us! If you’ve been reading eating/sf and Musical Pairings, we’re excited to have you over to our new home. If you’re new to us, we’re happy to meet you. I’m Kasey, and I head up the epicurean section of the blog. My husband Matthew is your go-to music guy. Together, we cook, we eat, we eat out, we listen to music, we go to shows and we talk about food and music and why they make sense paired.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some exciting giveaways with you, so stay close to the action: start following our Facebook page and Twitter profile to stay up-to-date with new giveaways and ways to win.

Today’s giveaway is one my new cookbook obsessions: My Favorite Ingredients. I adapted a recipe from it a few weeks ago and have been swooning ever since, so it feels right to share it with someone else. If the poached salmon salad wasn’t enough to convince you, I assure you this apple ice cream with caramel sauce will.

Here’s what you gotta do: leave a comment on this post, telling us what your favorite apple dish is. If you’re also on Twitter, follow us and Tweet about our launch (be sure to mention your Twitter name in your comment) and you’ll be entered twice. Start following us on Facebook and leave a comment there, and you’ll be entered three times. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, November 23rd.

It feels appropriate to share our new site with you this Fall–after all–the leaves are changing and cooler temperatures are coming (or were coming, until San Francisco decided to punch up its Indian Summer once again). I’ve been cooking a lot this Fall, inspired by the colors and produce of the season.

Things I’m loving this fall: the return of apples and pears to my local farmer’s market, discovering new and awesome blogs, Sufjan Stevens, plaid, and this out-of-this-world apple ice cream.

I’ve never thought to make apple ice cream, until I saw it in Skye’s book and I thought, “why in the world not?” Take note: do not make this ice cream and neglect the caramel sauce. I mean that would just be plain silly. Together, they taste like a caramel apple. I kid you not. If you’re an adult and have longed for a caramel apple, but haven’t had one because you knew it would make a mess, this ice cream is for you. It is fresh and clean and has a very distinct apple taste and the caramel sauce is gooey and sweet. It’s the perfect ending to a Fall or Winter meal.

Apple Ice Cream
adapted from My Favorite Ingredients

5 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons of cognac
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream

1. Combine the apple pieces with the lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add in the cognac and sugar, mixing to incorporate. The mixture should be completely smooth – without any chunks.
3. Pour in the cream and blend briefly to combine. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to instructions.

Caramel Sauce

1 1/4 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of water
pinch of sea salt
1 cup of heavy whipping cream

1. Combine the sugar and water in a small pot over low heat. Stir the sugar once and continue to heat over low heat until it dissolves.
2. Raise the temperature to medium and cook the sugar and water without stirring until it turns a rich golden brown (about 10-15 minutes) –don’t let it burn. Add a pinch of salt and remove the pot from the heat.
3. Now, arm yourself with an oven mitt and a long-armed wooden spoon. Stand back as you pour in the cream (it will bubble). Once the bubbling has subsided, return the mixture to the burner over low heat and stir for about a minute. Remove the caramel from the heat and allow it to cool.

Serve ice cream with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce on top.

P.S. We’re still settling in, so please excuse any glitches you may find on the site – we’re working on making it as awesome as can be! If you have feedback, please share it with us.

Musical Pairings: Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer + Apple Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

Hey there, ladies and gentlemen!  Welcome to the Turntable Kitchen housewarming party!  So yeah, we are pretty excited about our new digs.  We think they look great!  And in case you are wondering: we will continue to offer the same great content that we’ve always offered: album reviews with MP3s, delicious recipes, rockin’ mixtapes, city guides for dining out at restaurants across the world, music videos, pics and vids from live shows, and more.  And with all of that in mind, we’ll be celebrating the birth of Turntable Kitchen for the next few weeks with exclusive MP3s from some of our favorite artists, sweet giveaways of great cookbooks & vinyl records, brand-spanking new recipes, hot-off-the-press album reviews, and a lot more!  In fact, over in the food section of the site, Kasey is giving away a copy of a cookbook by Skye Gyngell titled “My Favorite Ingredients.”  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win this and some of the other great goodies we have to giveaway in the next few weeks. Tracks and more on the Turntable. –Matthew

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Natalie

    This looks awesome. Congratulations with the launch!

  • I’m so excited that this site is now live! Congratulations and I look forward to reading from this now consolidated blogging effort =)


  • Oh I was so excited I forgot my favorite apple dish:

    Apple and Persimmon Salad with Pecans and Balsamic Vinegar

    Gotta try that apple ice cream though!

  • Oh man, Kasey. The site looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations!

  • adrienne

    Gotta go with apple crumble..mmmm.

  • Debbie

    Love the look – my favorite apple dish is apple pie with streusel topping.

    But, the plain apple is hard to beat.

  • Michael Campbell

    Give me a honeycrisp apple by itself, anyday

  • Aly

    My favorite apple dish is last year’s LaunchSquad NY Pie Bake-Off winner: Caramel & Pecan Apple Pie w/ Sweet Cream Topping.

    Twitter: @alygibson

  • Sarah

    I love the new website!

  • Awesome website! Great work guys!

  • Food + furthering my musical education (I fail in that dept) = genius idea.

  • Congrats on the launch! Love the new site 🙂 Apple ice cream and caramel?? Wow. I love all things apple, but I apple crisp is my favorite.

  • Congrats on the relaunch guys! 😀

  • Congrats on the relaunch! The site looks fabulous! Looks like everyone really is switching over to wordpress… with the exception of me… and a bunch of 12 year old girls.

    As for a favorite apple dish, I honestly can’t think of anything right now, as thoughts of apple ice cream and caramel have taken over my brain. Nommmm.

  • anna

    my favorite apple dish is apples and cranberries topped with oatmeal walnut crumble….thanksgiving deliciousness

  • Lauren

    The site is gorgeous!! Love these big beautiful pictures 🙂 Congrats!

  • Hey! I have frequented your blog for a while eating/sf. This is going to be excellent!

    My go to apple recipes are simply baked accompanied with vanilla bean ice cream 🙂 warms me up on cold nights 🙂

  • Callie

    My favorite apple recipe is double crusted apple pie with bacon!

  • O.k. I just realized I never discussed my favorite apple dish. Duh. I really love apple fritters, actually. I never eat them b/c I’d weigh 347 pounds if I do, but I love them. And I also love apple crisp with a little vanilla ice cream. 🙂

  • I love apples– my favorite dish, one that I miss now that I no longer live in NYC, is apple cider donuts from the Union Square Farmers Market. Yum!

  • Thanks for all of the congratulatory comments, guys! I’m blushing. You’re ideas are inspiring!

    Megan G: Dude, I love fritters, too. I say, in moderation! And the humble apple crisp is always a top contender.

    Nicole: Ditto on the apple crisp.

    Katherine: sounds like a salad I’ll have to try this winter!

    Debbie: I’m a big fan of apple pie. Yet to try a streusel topping – thanks for the idea!

    Michael: my favorite kind!

    Anna: sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving dish!

    Aly: you must share your recipe for sweet cream topping.

    Lacy: your comment made me laugh out loud. Thank you. It took me years to move from LiveJournal to Blogger, so let’s just say I understand ya!

    Kristacular: so glad you enjoyed eating/sf – hopefully TK will be even better. Mmm baked apples.

    Callie: who doesn’t love bacon??!

    Holly: I wonder if they’re like the donuts we have here in SF (Dynamo)

  • I’m always partial to a tart tatin ( Laurence is making one for Thanksgiving. Served warm with some of that ice cream would be yummy!

    Congrats on the launch!


  • oh my gosh apples and caramel are classic! and so darn delicious!

  • ina garten’s apple sauce in the little roasted pumpkin. i love some good tang to go with my sweet.

  • Cody – I’m also a big fan of tart tatin. Mmmm.

    Alinna: I think I know which one you’re talking about! I’ll have to revisit 🙂

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