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How Aaron Barker Turned his Small Kickstarter Campaign into a Frozen Dairy Dynasty

Carnival Barker’s latest graphic tee reads, “Give me ice cream or give me death.” It’s a motto owner Aaron Barker churns by, as it took him only a little over a year to propel his frozen dairy dynasty from a small Kickstarter to award winning retail storefront. Barker truly started from the bottom with no funding and is now set to open his second retail location in early 2015. He uses zero high fructose corn syrup, zero artificial flavors, zero preservatives, and a lifetime’s worth of passion to make his unique scoops.

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Peach Porn: Head to Ham Orchards Before the End of the Season

The peach harvest this year has been phenomenal. Head out to Ham Orchards this weekend and see for yourself. Go early and get in line for Eddie Deen’s barbecue. Then grab a rocking chair and enjoy a cup of soft swirl peach ice cream. Take a cooler with you and load up on peach goodies.

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Bolsa Mercado to Change From Grocery Store to Grocerant

Bolsa Mercado is growing from a grocery store to a grocerant.Now customers can sip a glass of wine or drink a beer while shopping or dining in the market. The new designation also allows the space to host private parties and chef dinners. Will you miss your dinners for two?

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The Dairy Free Diaries: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Caramel Syrup

It seems like everyone is becoming diary-free, gluten-free, and everything else that sounds remotely healthy. Is it a trend? Will it fade? Who knows. I, for one, have recently become lactose-intolerant. But before I mourned my dairy days, I decided to adjust old, familiar recipes to match my needs. Slowly, I’ve succumbed to my body’s peer pressure and have made a few dairy and gluten-free recipes lately.
I wanted to start off this series with the most original flavor: chocolate chip. (I had to add a twist, though. Cue the vegan caramel syrup.) This recipe, derived from Minimalist Baker, is made with coconut milk which makes the recipe not as heavy as normal ice cream flavors are typically. If you are looking for a light, sweet snack that won’t leave you feeling gross before you hit the sheets, then this recipe is exactly that.

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St. Paddy’s Day is Over, But the Memory of Cook Hall’s Irish Beer Dinner Lives On

The Emerald Isle isn’t historically known for its culinary prowess, but rather a land blessed with bounties of cabbage, potatoes, carrots and corned beef, all of which are traditionally prepared with minimal transformation. Before we move on, let’s address a couple of things for those that don’t know me personally: Yours truly is a proud ginger who happens to appreciate cabbage, potatoes, carrots and corned beef, and does not relish, nor require, unnecessary fiddling with quality ingredients! Okay. Now that we’re friends (and that you trust my judgment), I feel that I can assuredly state that I sincerely enjoyed the authentic Irish pairings offered at Cook Halls’ pre-Paddy’s Day beer dinner last Friday.

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