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Strawberry-Raspberry and Mint Frozen Yogurt

Recently, I wrote a short piece about summer movies for Gather Journal. It skewed toward being poetic and inspired a fair amount of nostalgia. The article came as a surprise to my friends and family who know that I am somewhat notoriously not a movie person. I am spectacularly behind on new releases (though I have a date with girlfriends to see Before Midnight) and I have yet to make my way through nearly five years of Oscar winners (if not more). I’ve also tried to watch old black-and-white classics but I just can’t get through them to save my life. I will admit I love Fellini, but partly because his films bring me back to my happy place (Italy). Anyway, when I told my friends that I had written an article about my love of summer movies, their response was, across the board the same: “but you don’t like movies!”

It’s true: I don’t like a lot of movies. I find it difficult to commit 2+ hours of my day to sitting still, particularly in a dark, window-less room. Especially when the weather outside is beautiful and there’s plenty of extra daylight to be enjoyed. Yet, strangely, I have incredibly rich memories of living my summers between those dark theater walls. When the entire theater hollered and cheered at the end of Independence Day, which I watched on the 4th of July. When every girl’s heart was a-flutter as Leonardo DiCaprio kissed Claire Danes in Romeo and Juliet. When I thought I wanted to be a paleontologist after watching Jurassic Park. When ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ seemed to blare from every car stereo after the release of Armageddon and, I will admit, accompanied a few good cries for me.

Strawberry-Raspberry and Mint Frozen Yogurt

My girlfriends and I would pile into a friend’s car (or a friend’s mom’s car), sunburned from a day spent lounging by the pool. We’d all be be wearing short shorts and tank tops with string ties and butterfly decals. Glitter on our eyes, chlorine-filled hair tied back in a messy bun. There was always a mandatory stop at the nearest grocery store for Junior Mints, Skittles and soda. Sometimes a smoothie, especially if a cute boy was working. We’d shiver next to each other under the air conditioning. I always poured extra ‘butter’ on my popcorn (who knows what really comes out of those pumps). At the end of the show, everyone would beeline to the restroom line, then we’d spill out into the shopping center parking lot, full of emotions, either waiting for our ride or, when we were old enough, sitting in someone’s car to indulge in a highly philosophical discussion about the movie, school, and boys. I’d dream about those movies for nights to come. It felt that everything — every romance, athletic achievement, the important stuff at the time — felt possible.

I don’t feel this way about movies anymore. I miss the anticipation, of not only the films themselves, but the possibilities of everything after. Perhaps it’s not the summer movie that I hold dear to my heart, but everything it means to a young girl. Today’s recipe is an ode to those heart-wrenching films, the short shorts, the glitter eyeshadow, the girls whom I shared all my secrets with. I don’t call it ‘FroYo’ anymore, but it’s still one of my favorite summer treats. This is my adult version; dedicated to two of my favorite things: mint-flavored ice cream and summer berries.

Strawberry-Raspberry and Mint Frozen Yogurt

1 cup of roughly chopped strawberries
1 pint of raspberries
1/3 cup of honey
1/2 cup of sugar
1 quart of plain yogurt
2 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon of mint extract

1. Combine the strawberries, raspberries, honey and mint sprigs in a medium saucepot. Cook over medium heat until the raspberries have broken down and strawberries are soft (there should still be some chunks). Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely in the refrigerator.
2. Once it’s cool, remove the fruit mixture from refrigerator. Take out the mint sprigs. Stir in the sugar, yogurt, and mint extract. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes.
3. Scoop the mixture into a loaf pan and place a piece of cellophane on the surface. Freeze for at least three to four hours before serving.

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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.

  • this is so pretty! and I am the same way about movies now–I don’t have the patience anymore! but, when I was a tween living in Vacaville, Ca I would hit the movies with my pals after a day of spending all my baby sitting money on Hello Kitty stuff and glitter mascara at the outlets.

  • I love the look of this. I bought a massive crate of strawberries at the market over the weekend as they looked so beautiful but I think I’m going to have to do more than eat them raw if I want to get through them all! Frozen yoghurt is perfect for this time of year 🙂

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

    I am so excited about Before Midnight you have no idea! And I’m loving the marble slab. So pretty!

  • Thank you for inspiring me to buy the marble slab! It’s been a fantastic addition to my kitchen, and invigorated my food photos 🙂 And YES I am sooo excited about Before Midnight!

  • I totally understand how you feel. We rarely even watch movies at home because I get antsy about the idea of spending two hours watching something (even if I’ll quite happily watch several episodes of a TV show in one go…) but my summers were punctuated with movie trips and hanging round shopping centres thinking we were so cool. Such fun times.

  • Love this recipe – frozen yogurt is my favorite summer treat. And I’m with you on the whole movie thing – it’s extremely difficult for me to sit through anything longer than two hours. In fact, the past couple of times we’ve tried to watch a movie, I’ve fallen asleep 30 minutes in. Just not my jam, apparently.

  • sarah kieffer

    This looks delicious! And, I’m not such a movie person, either. I always feel trapped in the theater, and images stay with me for weeks, whether I want them to or not. It’s not always a good thing for my over-active imagination.

  • This frozen yogurt looks fantastic, Kasey. I don’t watch movies often (I never know what’s in theaters) but it is nice to escape in a great movie sometimes.

  • This is exactly the kind of thing that a giant crate of strawberries is perfect for 🙂

  • Omg, I love it, Cindy! You and I lived parallel lives (I was a tween in San Jose). Gosh I miss all that glitter…

  • Oh, the good ol shopping mall. It’s funny how that used to be an ‘activity.’ These days, I despise going to the mall…I buy literally everything online. Glad I’m not the only one who gets antsy about watching movies 🙂

  • Clearly, food bloggers have short attention spans. I like whatever you jam is.

  • You and I both! I think I have an over-active imagination as well…I guess it’s a good thing if it’s something I want to stay with me!

  • I feel so much better about myself after reading all these comments! I always feel like I loser because I have no clue what’s going on with movies, but I feel like I have so much more time for other things. That said, I agree that once in a while, it’s a very nice escape.

  • Nicole

    Romeo + Juliet was one of my favorites and I have both soundtracks on cd somewhere to prove it. The colors, the drama, the Shakespeare, the excessive amount of drippy candles! I’m sort of excited, yet trying to manage my expectations for The Great Gatsby and the new Leo/Baz collaboration. But I do know that Before Midnight WILL be fantastic!! Your frozen yogurt sounds incredibly refreshing and I love the pretty color.

  • Kate Ramos

    So simple! I’m on my way to the market right now to pick up the ingredients to make this. Thanks!

  • WithStyleGrace

    I could eat an entire pint of this!

  • labowes

    Just made a batch and it’s sitting in the freezer. But my goodness the hot honey strawberry, raspberry and mint concoction was so delicious. I couldn’t stop licking the spoon. I used Greek yogurt instead of plain and I hope it turns out as well. What a great flavor combo. Thanks.

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