Life on Regal-Hill: July 8, 2009

by Gail Hillriegal
There will be another Baseball All-Star game on July 14. This year it will be at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The president will throw out the first pitch. And according to the Internet the central theme is “Community Service.” I am not sure just what that means. I am not sure whether the proceeds from the game will go to some nonprofit organization, or if the ball players will be expected to donate a big amount of money to a cause.
This will be the 80th All-Star game to be played, so this game has been an annual event for quite some time.
The managers for each team should be the managers of the two teams who were in the latest World Series. So the managers should be Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies and Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays.
It has also been announced that in 2011 the Arizona Diamondbacks will be hosting the game. I have no idea who will host the 2010 game, since the information I saw didn’t state where the teams would be playing.
It seems to be too early to know who will be playing in the All-Star game this year since the fans are still voting on their favorite players. It seems to be more of a popularity contest than anything else so there may be some surprises in who will be playing. However it is, it should be an interesting game to watch, even if it is only to see what players from each team are playing.
Also don’t forget the Home Run Derby. That can be rather interesting as well. So don’t forget to watch the All-Star game on July 12.
July is National Ice Cream month. According to my information more ice cream is consumed in July than in any other month of the year. Whether that is true or not I don’t know; if the weather is cool and rainy I wouldn’t expect everyone would be that interested in having some ice cream. However, I hope you will enjoy the following recipes.

Peach Cheesecake Ice Cream
1 cup milk
1-1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup peach nectar
4 teaspoons lemon juice
4 medium fresh peaches, peeled and chopped or 1-1/2 cups frozen sliced peaches, chopped
In a small saucepan, heat milk to 175 degrees; stir in 1-1/4 cups sugar until dissolved. Whisk a small amount into the egg yolks. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at least 160 degrees and coats the back of a metal spoon.
Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
In a blender, combine the cream, vanilla and cream cheese; cover and process until smooth. Add to cooled milk mixture. Stir in peach nectar and lemon juice. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Place peaches in a bowl. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Set aside, stirring several times.
Drain and discard juice from peaches. Add some of the peaches to each batch of ice cream during last 5 minutes of freezing.
Refrigerate remaining mixture and peaches until ready to freeze. Transfer ice cream to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. May be frozen for up to 2 months.
Yield: 2 quarts
2008 Taste of Home Annual Recipes

Banana Pineapple Sundaes
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1-1/12 teaspoons butter
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 small firm bananas, sliced
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
2 cups vanilla ice cream
Yield: 4 servings
2009 Taste of Home Annual Recipes