In honor of June being Dairy Month, I decided to kick things off with summer’s first batch of ice cream from scratch. I sacrificed a waffle maker in the process. While I was standing on a chair above my pantry this morning, I moved our behemoth bread machine to the side and inadvertently knocked my thousand year old waffle maker to its (timely?) death on the kitchen floor. It was quite a scene, let me tell you. All in the name of homemade vanilla bean. Oh well … what’s that phrase? If you wanna make an omelet, you gotta break a few waffle makers.

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders

Did anyone catch June’s issue of BonAppetit — the one that featured a cover photo of the stunning Gwyneth Paltrow, aka Mrs. Chris Martin? Did it strike anyone odd that the uber-buff GP would be square on the cover of a foodie magazine? ‘Cause I thought it was weird, m’self. I figured the new editor at BA must have some pretty low standards, kissing up to a superstar by giving her the cover shot. And then I started reading. And it turns out the model/singer/actress is also a pretty amazing homecook. Huh.