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Living - June 19, 2009

Epicure: Keeping cool with homemade treats in the summer

by Jacqui Love Marshall

Hot summer days cry out for cool, refreshing options. When the temperature starts to rise, ice-cold treats can help you and your family chill out. Besides being fun food, frozen delights can help hydrate bodies on a hot day, while providing healthy fruit, juices and low-fat dairy servings.

The ice-cream-in-bag recipe is a great activity to do with your children or fun-oriented adults on a hot summer afternoon. Have lots of toppings available to add to the fun. For the popsicle recipes, molds and wooden sticks can been found at local party or craft stores. However, small plastic or paper cups, e.g., empty yogurt containers, work wonderfully as a more economical option.

Keep a supply of frozen treats on hand throughout the summer, especially with the kids perpetually announcing: "I'm hungry (or thirsty)! What can I have now???"

Jacqui Love Marshall lives in San Ramon with her pug, Nina Simone, and volumes of cookbooks and recipes. Her column runs every other week. E-mail her at jlovemarshall@yahoo.com.


Easy Breezy Ice Pops (serves 8-12, depending on recipe and size of molds)

Ice-Cream-in-a-Bag (makes 8 half-cup servings)

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops (8 pops)

Ginger Snap Ice Cream Sandwiches (makes 30)

Mango-Lime Granita (serves 16)

Champagne Raspberry Ice Cream Floats (serves 4 adults)