It Has A Way
Check out this sky, you guys. Scott took this picture with a telephoto lens last summer in rural Pennsylvania. His mom had just moved into a wood cabin out there, and we stopped by to see her on our way from Alabama to Chicago.
When you see something like this in person you’re supposed to say Whoa. The universe is so big, and I am but a tiny speck. Your little human brain is supposed to slam up against that kind of majesty and be humbled. Or, at the very least, you’re supposed to turn to the person next to you and whisper dude, what’s the bright blue one, again? Is it Venus?
But because I had just driven eight hours with a headache and two dogs who were trading farts the way kids traded baseball cards in the ’50s, and because Scott’s mom had ushered me to a chair on the porch and handed me a bowl of vanilla ice cream flecked with shards of chocolate, I looked up at that starry firmament and I said:
YO, THIS ICE CREAM IS AMAZING.
And then I didn’t say anything for a long time because good ice cream has a way of hushing you up and putting everything into perspective.
So here’s my favorite summer dessert: ice cream pie. It’s crunchy and creamy and cold, and it only takes a few minutes to make.
Seriously, you guys. This recipe is easier than shooting fish in a barrel made of fish.
Ice Cream Pie
1. Buy a pre-made chocolate cookie crust and a big tub of your favorite ice cream.
2. Thaw the ice cream until it’s kind of frothy on top. (If it’s not goopy enough, you’ll break the crust when you try to smooth the ice cream in there.)
3. Spread the ice cream in the pie shell with a spatula. Top it with crumbled cookies if you want. Press wax paper on top. Put it in the freezer.
4. When the pie is frozen, run a knife under hot water for 10 seconds, then wipe it off. This will make it easier to cut through the ice cream and the shell for a clean slice.
5. Serve with whipped cream and store in the freezer covered in plastic wrap.
If it were up to Thunder, spring would come with an endless supply of these balls by Chuckit!