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Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert
NPR ^ | December 07, 2012 | DAVID SCHULTZ

Posted on 12/08/2012 2:44:45 PM PST by nickcarraway

Chefs at some of the most cutting edge restaurants in the country are incorporating vegetables into their desserts in ways that, at first glance, might not seem very dessert-y.

In fact, a recent article in the trade magazine Food Technology lists things like celery sorbet with celery salad, goat cheese mousse balls, macerated figs and balsamic vinegar at Del Posto in New York; sweet corn crème brulée with popcorn shoots and candied bacon at Tilth in Seattle; and a candy cap mushroom ice cream sandwich at Americano Restaurant & Bar in San Francisco.

That made us here at The Salt wonder, is there any nutritional value in adding veggies to dessert?

Actually, the answer is yes.

Mary Ann Johnson, a nutrition professor at the University of Georgia and a spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition, says the body is more able to process a group of vitamins found in vegetables called carotenoids when they're paired with a fat. "The fat helps the body absorb them," Johnson says.

It's the same reason why adding a little bit of butter or sour cream is to your potato is OK, or a little full-fat salad dressing is good for greens — at least according to a recent small study.

Johnson also says these new kinds of desserts could help children develop a taste for vegetables, which will serve them well as they grow up — unless of course the dessert is totally overpowered by the sugar and fat. As with everything, moderation is key.

But chefs are probably not making veggie desserts to boost our nutrition.

Karen Nachay, associate editor of Food Technology, says when restaurants base their menus on seasonal, farm-based goods, they often wind up with an abundance of one ingredient or another and have to find something to do with it.

"They have a lot of the produce, they have fun experimenting," Nachay says. "In turn you have a lot of these creative dishes being offered."

So, all you parents out there, consider swapping your cartons of chocolate and vanilla and replace them with mushroom ice cream and celery sorbet. We're sure your kids will thank you — some day.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: food

1 posted on 12/08/2012 2:44:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

No thanks! Mushrooms give me gas.


2 posted on 12/08/2012 2:46:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: nickcarraway
Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone?

Fungus ice-cream? If I need to puke!

3 posted on 12/08/2012 2:49:02 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Alaska Wolf

I’m with you! I don’t “do” fungi!


4 posted on 12/08/2012 2:52:59 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: nickcarraway
I love mushrooms (some types,at least) and I love ice cream.Together? No thanks!
5 posted on 12/08/2012 2:53:05 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: nickcarraway
Dessert is not supposed to be "nutritional"....it's supposed to taste good.

FMCDH(BITS)

6 posted on 12/08/2012 2:53:15 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: nickcarraway

I love mushrooms, but in ice cream? Please, that’s sickening.


7 posted on 12/08/2012 2:54:44 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway
“Chefs at some of the most cutting edge restaurants in the country are incorporating vegetables into their desserts....”

Pass the chocolate syrup.

8 posted on 12/08/2012 2:55:23 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: nickcarraway

I had celery sorbet once, and it was actually very good.


9 posted on 12/08/2012 3:02:09 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: nickcarraway

Suprisingly good. You can't eat just one!

10 posted on 12/08/2012 3:02:17 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway
I make a very disturbing, but weirdly ok garlic ice cream. It used to be my signature last date dessert.

/johnny

11 posted on 12/08/2012 3:04:07 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 1rudeboy

Probably go well with some of the “brownies” I consumed in the 70’s.


12 posted on 12/08/2012 3:04:45 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway

i would give it a try... i remember thinking, “how can zucchini bread be any good?” i tasted it and loved it... it’s sweet... as is green tomato bread and carrot cake... i love sea salt on my chocolate and caramel... and hot chili in my chocolate... que bueno!


13 posted on 12/08/2012 3:15:00 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

On an episode of Chopped, one of the contestants made a beet ice cream. The judges were surprised at how good it was. They all loved it.


14 posted on 12/08/2012 3:18:09 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: nickcarraway

Vegetables, you say? How many calories does that have?

15 posted on 12/08/2012 3:22:02 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’ll stick with Butter Pecan.


16 posted on 12/08/2012 3:23:47 PM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway
"We're sure your kids will thank you — some day."

Perhaps kill you in your sleep, or a really really bad nursing home in your elder years.....certainly no thanks coming your way for mushroom ice cream.

17 posted on 12/08/2012 3:24:09 PM PST by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Pinkbell

Whoa, that picture almost made me yell New Yawk.


18 posted on 12/08/2012 3:26:02 PM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway

I love mushrooms. The thought of mushroom ice cream, would not be able to even get that cr@p in my mouth. Ewwwwwwww.


19 posted on 12/08/2012 3:26:14 PM PST by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

My grandmother always said chocolate was a vegetable and one of the basic five food groups - but her favorite vegetable was olives as long as they were in her martini.


20 posted on 12/08/2012 3:50:17 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

LOL.


21 posted on 12/08/2012 3:53:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I feel sad for my once great country. We deserve everything that is about to happen to us.)
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To: nickcarraway

Stupid and gross. Trying to make foods imitate other foods like broccamole.

Try it:
Broccoli forgets only
Chick Peas
Fat free low sodium sour cream or yogurt.

I don’t know the exact recipe but, it exactly tastes like crap not guacamole.

Very unpleasant tasting....


22 posted on 12/08/2012 3:55:24 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

I made garlic ice cream awhile back. Interesting, but nothing I’d do again. In retrospect, it seems a sorry thing to mess with something so perfect already.


23 posted on 12/08/2012 3:55:27 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: nickcarraway

There are very few things that taste better than fresh morels fried in a bit of butter! If they can make morel ice cream taste that good, I’m all for it. BTW, last Spring was lousy for collecting them. I was pretty much skunked here in Northern Ohio.


24 posted on 12/08/2012 4:07:14 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway

Epic Fail


25 posted on 12/08/2012 4:12:08 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve had jalapeno ice cream, it’s pretty awesome. Do it right and anything can be a fine frozen treat. Especially with all the varieties of mushrooms, that could be a whole line on its own.


26 posted on 12/08/2012 4:12:59 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess I’m the only one here who thinks that could be good. Of course, a few years ago, it was shocking for most to think of putting salt on ice cream but now salted caramel is one of the more popular flavors. I’ve had a huitlacoche dessert empanada before so I know fungus can make a great dessert.


27 posted on 12/08/2012 4:20:03 PM PST by mnehring
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To: JRandomFreeper
...garlic ice cream. It used to be my signature last date dessert.

Was it your last date dessert on purpose, or did it just turn out that way and you noticed a trend?

28 posted on 12/08/2012 4:39:26 PM PST by Bernard (Clinton Era Tax Rates, Clinton Era Spending Levels)
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To: Bernard
I served a balut as an appetizer, and had durian for the fruit course. You do the math. ;)

/johnny

29 posted on 12/08/2012 4:44:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

...a mushroom is not a vegetable...


30 posted on 12/08/2012 4:59:29 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: mnehring

Watch Iron Chef! They make ice cream out of SEAFOOD. Last night they had an Italian chef who owns 10 restaurants, challenging one of the regular Iron Chef’s who made an ice cream from Bay Scallops!

I love salted caramel ice cream. I also like to take a thick slice of good grade bacon, cut it into equal 3rd’s, fry the bacon crisp, pat dry then dip all but one little corner into tempered chocolate and let the chocolate setup. Talk about good!!!


31 posted on 12/08/2012 5:58:00 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: bigfootbob

There was a restaurant in Little Rock that did very traditional French food and did a caramelized pork belly that could have been a dessert.


32 posted on 12/08/2012 6:12:40 PM PST by mnehring
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To: nickcarraway

This reminds me of a comic panel from the Feb 1983 Playboy. In the scene you see the inside of an ice cream parlor and a sign syating the flavors they sell are Corn, Wood, Liver and Vanilla. The clerk behind the counter says, “We’re out of vanilla”.

I wish I could ost a picture... but I can’t find a digital copy.


33 posted on 12/08/2012 6:31:55 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: bigfootbob

people on chemo often have to make up ‘ice cream’-like
concotions to get nourishment.

i’m going to try a nice salmon-mushroom shake..


34 posted on 12/08/2012 8:29:44 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obsteperous gentleman..)
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To: Pinkbell

Totally off topic...does it look like moochelle shaves her eyebrows?


35 posted on 12/08/2012 8:43:08 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: RitchieAprile

Sorry for the chemo news. I lost 85#’s during my first set of chemo. I live in Washington, like you, I found medical pot or I would have lost 100#’s or worse, the doctor pulling the plug.

The second time, I had the med pot from the start and only lost 25#. Hope there won’t be a third.

Good luck to you and seriously consider my suggestion. Enjoy your shake!


36 posted on 12/08/2012 10:25:36 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: trisham

Candy-cap mushrooms, as their name implies, are quite sweet and suitable for use in desserts. They taste of maple syrup. I suspect this ice cream is delicious by almost anyone’s standards.

http://bayareamushrooms.org/mushroommonth/candy_cap.html


37 posted on 03/07/2013 3:25:10 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: ccmay

“Candy-cap mushrooms, as their name implies, are quite sweet and suitable for use in desserts. They taste of maple syrup. I suspect this ice cream is delicious by almost anyone’s standards.”

http://bayareamushrooms.org/mushroommonth/candy_cap.html
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Interesting. Mr. Trisham and I are avid fans of “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America”. I recall seeing a chef prepare some kind of fish ice cream. It was intriguing.


38 posted on 03/07/2013 3:59:01 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway
Vegetables for dessert?

That's what rhubarb pie is for!

39 posted on 03/07/2013 4:04:57 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: trisham

Hey, cream of mushroom soup works, doesn’t it?


40 posted on 03/07/2013 4:09:48 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Grams A

Now that sounds like a grandmother!


41 posted on 03/07/2013 4:12:21 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

I love mushrooms! Steak and mushrooms, pepperoni and mushroom pizza, mushrooms sauteed in butter, salad with fresh mushrooms, Boeuf en Croute, the list is almost endless.


42 posted on 03/07/2013 4:19:12 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NoGrayZone

or a really really bad nursing home in your elder years.”

My son gave me a funny wall plaque a couple of years ago for Christmas that covers just this issue. This was in response to a statement I had made earlier about my taking a trip which was only possible because I was spending his inheritence.

Ice cream is eggs, real vanilla, half and half or half milk and half cream. Beat the eggs, mix thoroughly with remaining ingredients, freeze, top with loads of hot fudge or caramel and eat. If you’re going to use anything else, please don’t call it ice cream.


43 posted on 03/07/2013 4:28:43 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Yes, her natural unibrow is shaped in a perpetually angry scowl, so she shaves it and then pencils in two completely different lines.


44 posted on 03/07/2013 4:28:51 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Grams A

Amen!!


45 posted on 03/07/2013 5:25:52 PM PST by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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