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Farm Stand Peach Ice Cream

Marc J. Sievers


Regardless of the season, ice cream is always a treat that satisfies like no other. My Farm Stand Peach Ice Cream celebrates fresh peaches in all their glory and it is so easy to make! Peaches are my husband Ryan’s favorite stone fruit and he calls this the perfect combination of ice cream and peach pie. He loves all of my ice cream recipes, but this one is definitely at the top of his list! I believe that simplicity always wins and this recipe is a stellar example of how a handful of familiar grocery store ingredients can be transformed into the most luscious ice cream!

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Ingredients (makes 1 ½ quarts)

Ice Cream Base

  • Heavy Cream – 3 cups

    Sugar – ⅔ cups, granulated

  •  Honey – 2 teaspoons

  • Vanilla – 1½ teaspoons, pure extract

  • Fleur de Sel – ½ teaspoon

Peach Compote

  • Butter – 2 tablespoons, unsalted

  • Peaches – 1 pound, pitted, ¼-inch diced, skins still on

  • Dark Brown Sugar -  ¼ cup, lightly packed

  • Cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon


Ice Cream Base

  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the heavy cream, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt. Stir until the sugar is just dissolved, about 5 minutes. You can tell the sugar is dissolved by rubbing a bit of the cream between your fingertips. If there are no granules, it is done.

  2.  Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap pressing it directly onto the surface of the mixture. Chill until very cold, or overnight.

Peach Compote

  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the butter.  Once melted, add the peached, dark brown sugar and cinnamon.

  2. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is very tender and their natural juices start to release.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, preferably overnight.


  1. Once the mixture is very cold, add it to an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.  About 2 minutes before the ice cream base is finished churning, add in the chilled peach mixture and allow it to be fully incorporated into the ice cream. 

  2.  Scoop out the ice cream into a freezer-proof container and freeze for 2 hours.

Tip: I love the ease and simplicity of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker:


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Panko Brioche French Toast

Marc J. Sievers

Growing up, classic French Toast was my breakfast of choice.  My Nan always obliged and not only did she make it for me but for the rest of her grandchildren.  Her recipe was simple yet full of flavor.  I decided to turn up the flavor and add a crunchy and crispy outer layer with panko!  It browns beautifully with the butter and adds that extra sumptuousness that makes breakfast worth getting out of bed.

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Home-Style Rustic Tomato Sauce

Marc J. Sievers

It’s a cold and snowy day here in Chicago, which is the perfect weather to stay home and test recipes!  So many of my days are spent in the kitchen cooking and baking.  Because of the chill in the air, I am making my FAVORITE sauce, Home-Style Tuscan Tomato Sauce.

Using San Marzano tomato’s will really showcase the flavors of this dish.

I’m going to serve it over roasted baby brussels sprouts with big shavings of Parmesan cheese, perfect for a hearty but healthy dinner.  This particular sauce is bursting with fresh vegetables, basil and cinnamon, which adds a bit of “warmth” to the overall taste.  ENJOY!

Home-Style Rustic Tomato Sauce

Ingredients (makes 8 cups)

  • San Marzano Tomatoes – 3 (28-ounce) cans, crushed

  • Yellow Onion – 1 small, ¼-inch diced

  • Red Onion – 1 small, ¼-inch diced

  • Yellow Bell Pepper – 1 small, ¼-inch diced

  • Red Bell Pepper – 1 small, ¼-inch diced

  • Garlic – 6 cloves, minced

  • Kosher Salt – 2 teaspoons

  • Black Pepper – 2 teaspoons

  • Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons

  • Butter – 1 tablespoon, unsalted

  • Cinnamon – ⅛ teaspoon

  • Basil – 2 cups, freshly chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot.

  2. Add the onions, red and yellow bell peppers, salt, and black pepper to the hot pan and sauté over medium heat until translucent, or about 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Next, add the garlic and cinnamon and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Stir in the tomatoes and basil and simmer uncovered on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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