that’s the magic number this month. (though not referring to the great jackie robinson movie released last year.)
the recipe redux has been around for 42 months, so we are celebrating. they’ve set before us a little party game… grab the nearest cookbook and “redux” the recipe on either page 42 or page 142.
i quickly grabbed one of my favorites… jeni’s splended ice creams at home.
if you’re lucky enough to find jeni’s quarts of ice cream at your store (whole foods, super target…), then you’ll know that she knows flavor. despite the fact that i can’t eat much of her dairy-filled ice creams, i am utterly inspired by the flavors she combines.
sweet corn & black raspberry. goat cheese & roasted red cherries. blackstrap praline. sweet potato ice cream with torched marshmallows. black walnut divinity. milk chocolate with sugar-plumped raisins.
her imagination seems limitless and her palate is inspiring.
so according to the redux game, page 42 boasts a delicious baked rhubarb frozen yogurt. jeni organizes the book according to seasons. a smart move considering she uses lots of great produce. this rhubarb treat is aptly situated in the spring section. i figured i’d be very challenged to find some fresh rhubarb this time of year. so moving on to page 142…
page 142 contains winter’s list of recipes. on that list one in particular grabbed my eye… influenza rx sorbet.
luckily, we aren’t in desperate need of a flu-season fix at our house at the moment. however, i loved the idea.
according to jeni, the sorbet is “proven to clear nasal passages, ease a sore throat and soothe the body. each ingredient has natural healing properties. lemon and orange juice have plenty of vitamin C. ginger and cayenne clear nasal passages and have antiseptic properties. powerful humectants, honey and liquid pectin help a dry, itchy throat retain moisture. honey also has antiseptic properties, as does bourbon. and a frozen sorbet calms an inflamed sore throat.”
i did make a few changes… decreased the orange juice just a bit, omitted the sugar originally called for and doubled the honey. my family loved it. my son went as far as to say it was the best thing he’s ever eaten.
glad to know if the sniffles hit our house, i’m armed and ready.
Influenza Rx Sorbet
- 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 3-ounce packet liquid pectin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 to 4 tablespoons Maker's Mark bourbon optional
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
- Freeze sorbet according to the instructions of an ice cream maker, until the consistency of very softly whipped cream.
- Pack the sorbet into a storage container and place a piece of wax or parchment paper on the surface. Seal with an airtight lid. Freeze for at least 4 hours.