K Cooks…with Dry Ice


Riesling...with dry ice?


It took me three calls to supermarkets out  in Colorado to score one that carried dry ice…

only to arrive and discover at the first one they were sold out.

So when these little fingers actually nabbed the blocks, already turning the paper outside a frosty white, they literally jerked back in  shocked excitement.


YEP! It’s Time for TAST #61! Do Something with DRY ICE!


Just another fun chemistry experience that I, now an adult, get to run by mere trial and error.

Visiting my oldest pal, who was putting her 2 year old to bed, presented the best setting. She allowed me to experiment, WITH GAS, in her kitchen

…AFTER pouring a great glass of Mosel halftrocken Riseling.

Talk about faithfulness. and trust….

or naivety…



Hot and Steamy TO-NITE!


Anyway, all my blogger friends have paid tribute to pumpkin,

thus it was finally my turn.

And I had an audience, some one else, who would be tasting the results.

So, it couldn’t just be for fun. It had to be for pleasure as well…

Mixed up: 3 Cups of unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 C. Pure Raw Sugar, 2/3 C. canned pumpkin, dose of vanilla extract, thumbprints of cinnamon and cloves….and a few tablespoons of agave…

Then, out came the BLOCK of DRY ICE. After figuring out that a little blender wouldn’t budge this baby, I took it out back and with a mallet pounded the heck of it…then, placed it in the blender:

MISTAKE #1 (too cold for the blender) 

then poured about 1/4 of the pumpkin in over the blender.

and learned…the ice is so cold that it already bonded back into little blocks and the pumpkin mixed conglomerated together quickly.

But stir I did, and as I remembered from parties in my youth, the bubbles, the froth, the steam made it SO MUCH FUN….so I added more ice and hit “pulse”


Yep…if I hadn’t had my hand on the lid, it would have sailed to the moon.

After a spell I realized it would have been better to not use the blender at all and only add the mixture bit by bit.

The steam however, felt so much fun


homemade pumpkin latte


…I even added a glob into a mug that had some coffee in it, making a pumpkin late a la “rooter” froth-ness…

THIS ROCKED! A steamy, spicy moon rock.

I yelped, feeling like a kid in a smoking candy store, and called out. Yep DRY ICE demands a community people. The bubbles,  the steam, the little reaction.

So glad I did this stateside, and even more blessed than my best bud got to enjoy the results of this quite un-balanced experiment.


Yum Green Rolls


Before serving up the dessert, we noshed on a pairing with the German white queen. Baked collard green rolls stuffed with hazelnut oil roasted squash, onions, garlic, rutabaga, roasted tomatoes and chickpeas with a “cesaer” yogurt drizzle.

Only some goat cheese and pita would have completed the experience…

Then I served up the piece de resistance…the dry ice pumpkin vegan whiskey pots.

At the bottom of the glass a little whiskey,

then the ice cream…

and walnuts and drizzle of agave and spices on top.


SOME serious autumn vegan grubbing!

I challenge you to make your own ice cream soon. This version, completely vegan, tasted like a gourmet dish to be served Top Chef style. Bubbly, yet spicy…autumn pop rocks dancing on the back of the tongue.


6 thoughts on “K Cooks…with Dry Ice

  1. That sounds so totally awesome. I wanna play with some!

    I don’t have a vitamix, but I do have a cuisinart. I think I am just partial to the brand, but I love cuisinart. I suppose I can’t say with 100% confidence that cuisinart is better. I have heard good things about the vitamix. I am sure I would not mind trying it.

    Oh and what is quark? Fill me in please!!!

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