A few weeks ago, my husband announced that he was going to have his wisdom teeth removed the following morning. Like most of the normal population, I had my wisdom teeth removed the summer after my senior year of high school, but my husband was about a decade late getting the memo. Anyone who’s gotten his or her wisdom teeth removed knows it’s not a fun process to look like a chipmunk with balloon cheeks. And it’s even more miserable when you can’t eat your favorite summertime solids – like BBQ chicken wings and zucchini straight from the grill – for a week or two.
Post-wisdom teeth operation doesn’t mean your life is confined to cans of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Being the kind wife that I am, I scrambled to prepare some suitable post-op food for my husband. One of the first treats I made is this peach and bourbon ice cream, since the first two or three days post-op call for foods that can essentially melt in their mouth. Cold foods score bonus points since they act as an ice pack for oral wounds. There’s no way anyone stuck at home with a swollen face could ever say no to this frozen treat.
Jump for this post-op recipe you can make at home.
Peach & Bourbon Ice Cream
Recipe adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Ice Creams at Home
(Makes approximately one quart)
2 cups milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 cup peach puree
1 Tbsp. bourbon
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 ½ oz cream cheese, softened
Lesley Mann Lynch is a D Magazine summer intern. She went to the University of Cambridge on a full ride and got her masters in Bioscience Enterprise. She’s now at El Centro getting her certificate in basic culinary skills.