One summer in college, I was living on the third floor of an un-air conditioned student apartment and the heat was unbearable. I'd made chocolate ice cream a few times, but this was no time to turn on the stove and melt anything. Improvising, I dumped some half and half, milk, sugar, and vanilla into my ice cream maker (thank goodness for it!) and soon after out came ice cream!
Fast forward to a cold, rainy "spring" day in Chicago. I have some half and half in the fridge, and it would be a shame if it spoiled. Perhaps to encourage summer to arrive, I decided to make ice cream but couldn't remember my old "recipe". This one is based on a recipe by Chef John on AllRecipes.com, but I used half and half and milk in a different ratio, and didn't feel it was necessary to dissolve the sugar on the stove. The ratio is unimportant and depends on your taste; the point is to have three cups of liquid go in a 1.5-quart ice cream maker. —Steph Avalos-Bock
mixture of heavy cream, half and half, and milk