June 6, 2011

Perfect Scoop Watermelon Sorbetto - and a 300th Post Giveaway

Three hundred posts in just under four years. (OK, I realize that's small beans for a lot of you, but not for me.) How did that happen?
Oh, and it's my birthday, too. I'm officially in my upper thirties. Blah. (Since I'm feeling generous anyway, read on for a giveaway.)

I had to tell you about this Watermelon Sorbetto, another standout recipe from David Lebovitz's Perfect Scoop. If you're in the northern hemisphere, sometime in the next few months you will find yourself with a hunk of leftover watermelon and no idea what to do with it. Well, fret no more. Make this sorbetto and you'll wonder why you bothered eating the rest of the watermelon any other way.

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet AccompanimentsIt's so, so simple - puree fresh watermelon, make sugar syrup, combine and freeze in an ice cream maker.  You can add miniature chocolate chips to make "seeds" if you like, but I thought it was perfectly refreshing without them. You can even freeze the base as ice pops, which should make the short (and tall) people in your life very happy.

Some important steps David Lebovitz forgot:

  1. After scooping yourself a dish of sorbetto, forget about it for fifteen minutes while tending to some domestic disaster or other. 
  2. Be sad when you return to a bowl of slush. 
  3. Have what Oprah liked to call an "a-ha moment."
  4. Dump slush in wine glass, throw on a splash of vodka, and enjoy a delightful summer drink.

Want the recipe? I won't lie; it's out there, on the internet, but you know how I feel about printing other people's recipes. I think you need this book.

In fact, to celebrate my 300th post and my 36th birthday, I'm giving away a paperback copy of The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz.

Just tell me in the comments below: where do you like to go for ice cream in your hometown? A little shop, a chain, your own backyard? And what's your favorite flavor when you get there?

I'll pick someone at random on Wednesday night.


  1. Happy happy birthday Jessica! I am so sad you moved away before I got to meet you. We need a blogger get together at some point....

    I am obsessed with watermelon, and this just sounds fantastic! We have a local ice cream shop we love in our town, but I'm too cheap to go there very often, so we eat a lot of homemade ice cream too :)

    (PS-I already have the book so no need to enter me in the giveaway)

  2. Oh, and congrats on your 300th post! Love your blog, hope you keep going for 300 more.

  3. Congratulations & happy birthday! I like to go for ice cream in Salisbury, MA (nowhere near my house). They have the biggest serves of delicious flavors. I tend to chose chocolate chip cookie dough or ginger ice cream once I get there.

  4. Wow, 300 posts! Way to go. Love checking in on your blog each week. The ice cream book looks yummy.

  5. Too funny- I have been stalking to leave a comment on a day when you post since I know folks don't always "go back" to old posts. Guess I could have just emailed too - duh :) With you working the Tues with Dorie and us doing the Friday with Dorie - it is tough to catch up. Cool giveaway too - I had read your recent post about the chocolate ice cream from his book where you added salt and had decided one way or another I have to add this book to my list. Even went so far as to put my two Cuisinart ice cream tubs in the freezer to get ready :) Great post and now I am going to the 6/7 post to tell you about a bread shop. Oh, and we LOVE Nelson's ice cream in Royersford. Nana and I found it a long time ago and it is a cool throw back. A local ice cream manufacturer (who knew ?) that is actually from Royersford and they have a little store front that is jammed on summer nights. Enjoy !!!!!

  6. Congrats on #300, Jessica, and Happy Birthday!

    As silly as it sounds, I love to go to Braum's for chocolate frozen yogurt. It seems pretty plain, but it's my favorite! :)

  7. Happy belated birthday. Enjoy your "upper thirties". I would settle for the upper 40's, 50's, or 60's right now as I will be hitting the big 8-0 in
    August. That watermelon sorbetto looks so refreshing and
    that vodka idea works for me. Congrats on 300 posts, FFWD is my
    first and Tricia and I are having a lot of fun doing it.

  8. Congrats on your 300th post! And happy birthday :) I second the "blah" comment - I've got a horrific birthday on the horizon myself....
    I already have The Perfect Scoop, but I'm happy to see your post on Watermelon Sorbetto because I DO have a big hunk of leftover watermelon in the fridge at the moment :) If the husband leaves it alone for another day or so I think i'll be transforming it into this sorbetto!

  9. Happy belated birthday! I made some drinks and probably some sorbet with watermelon last year, but I haven't tried David's recipe.

    The big thing where I live is frozen custard, which I think is basically really rich ice cream with lots of egg yolks. My favorite place has a turtle sundae flavor, which is awesome!

  10. oh, yum... i so want this book. i have been eying it for a while now. since last summer.
    for ice cream i go to a gelato place in Vancouver with >300 flavors! including weird ones like Wasabi. it's always fun to try new flavors.

  11. YAY!! 300 posts. Hope to see at least 300 more. And Happy Birthday. Nothing wrong with upper 30s!!

    We used to have a Baskin Robbins. Now if we want ice cream we have to go to the chain store. or make it. Guess which one I prefer. Would love to have DL's book. How "COOL"!!

  12. Woo Hoo for #300 and thanks for the giveaway!

    I really like going to Ritters Frozen Custard when I want to eat ice cream out!.

    I just got an ice cream maker (its in the mail) so an ice cream recipe book would be wonderful.

  13. Oh, and my flavor is good old chocolate!


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