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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Grown Folks Pizza and Ice Cream Social

It doesn’t get any better than this in my opinion. Getting together with friends, cooking together, eating and drinking together…and then blogging about it??
How did I get so lucky??

Foodbuzz’s 24, 24, 24 … that’s how. This month, I sent in my idea of having a grown up pizza and ice cream party to the nice folks over at Foodbuzz and they accepted it! This idea came to me pretty naturally…if you know me, you know I grew up around pizza. My parents have owned a pizzeria since I was 4 years old. I’ve seen more pizza than you can imagine. No kidding. The idea also came to me after realizing that most of the time lately, eating pizza has become more of a kid friendly event for us. As parents of little ones…pizza and ice cream parties are a big part of our social scene. So why not treat us, the parents, the adults, to something just a little more fun and a little more delicious?

It all started with a planning session…I reached out to my girls…my fellow foodie friends – and of course spouses – to come up with a few ideas for some great pizzas and ice cream flavors. They came through with awesome stuff, as I knew they would. So once the menu was set, we all gathered in Aggie’s Kitchen on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Florida – fruity white sangria in hand – and pulled together a fun feast for all … (kids included of course!).

First things first. Let’s get the beverages ready…


Allison’s Sangria

2 – 750ml bottles of wine (red or white)
1 cup of rum or brandy
1 cup of triple sec or orange liquor
2/3 cup of orange juice
6 oz. of lemonade concentrate

4 cups of ginger ale
Orange, lemon, lime slices for garnish
Additional chopped fruit, optional

Combine wine, rum/brandy, triple sec, orange juice and lemonade concentrate
– and refrigerate for 2 hours – or – overnight. Right before you serve –
add the ginger ale and fruit.

Now it’s time to work…little did everyone know…this was a working party. We were abundantly staffed with lots of hands to do lots of slicing, dicing and chopping.

(Allison the prep cook…)

We made sure to really treat ourselves right by using quality ingredients such as…
Prosciutto de Parma, Genoa Salami, fresh picked basil from the garden, homemade roasted red peppers, Fig Balsamico Dressing made at a local restaurant and fresh Mexican Chorizo. All of the pizza dough was fresh and picked up from my Publix bakery.


On to making the pizza …


(the pizza making station… all you need is a clean counter, olive oil, flour and a pizza stone)

(And to our pleasant surprise…Dan actually knew what he was doing!)

(The Master and his Apprentice…)

(This is where it all started…)


(The assembly line…)

And now…the delicious creations of the day!

Larry’s Italian Stallion Pizza:

Tomato Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Prosciutto de Parma, chopped
Genoa Salami, chopped
Roasted Red Peppers
Asiago Cheese shavings
Fresh Basil

(Larry enjoying his creation…with friends.)

Allison’s Harmoni Special Pizza:


Fig Balsamic Preserves from Harmoni Artisan Meal Market
Cooked Crumbled Bacon
Sliced Tomatoes
Crumbled Blue Cheese


Dan’s Mexican Pizza:



Tomato Sauce
Shredded Mexican Cheese
crumbled Mexican Chorizo sausage
Fresh Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and chopped onions

Rocky’s Spinach Alfredo Pizza:


Spinach White Cream Sauce – melt 2-4 tb butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 2 tb of flour into butter, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add 2 cups half and half to butter mixture. Add dash of salt, pepper, and fresh ground nutmeg to cream. Bring to a simmer, continually stirring to avoid bottom of pan burning. Simmer for few minutes until sauce starts to thicken. Take sauce off heat and bring to room temperature. Add 8oz thawed chopped frozen spinach to sauce.
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese

The perfect ending to the fantastic meal was freshly homemade ice cream.

Coconut Lime Crunch Ice Cream
Recipe adapted from 125 Best Ice Cream Recipes

1 can (15 oz) coconut cream
1 1/2 whipping cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
zest from 2 limes
graham crackers, broken

In a blender or food processor, puree coconut cream, whipping cream, milk, flaked coconut and lime zest until thoroughly blended.

Transfer ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add broken graham crackers to ice cream mixture about 5 minutes before ice cream is done. Transfer ice cream to an air tight container and freeze for 1 hour before serving.

(the lime zest added such a refreshing flavor to an unbelievably creamy coconut ice cream)

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

(We used Christina’s homemade Dulce de Leche for the recipe…)

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound dulce de leche (about 1 2/3 cups) (learn how to make your own)
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans (2 1/2 to 3 oz), toasted (optional)

Bring milk and cream just to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, then remove from heat and whisk in dulce de leche until dissolved. Whisk in vanilla and transfer to a metal bowl. Quick-chill by putting bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and stirring occasionally until cold, 15 to 20 minutes.

Freeze mixture in ice cream maker until almost firm, then fold in pecans if using them.

Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, at least 1 hour.

Cheers!

Thank you to everyone involved for a great time!

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48 comments on “Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Grown Folks Pizza and Ice Cream Social”

  1. Yummy!!! I would love to try some!

  2. What fun! Love the mexican pizza, I bet the lettuce is great contrast. I’ve been trying to think of something to enter for the “24” stuff, but haven’t been able to think of anything good.

  3. Oh wow! Aggie, this is awesome! Wish I was there. All of the pizzas look great and man, that coconut ice cream – I am definitely making that!

  4. Wow, what a party!! I posted our pizza party today, we used ABin5 crust. I wish I would of made ice cream, I can’t wait to try that coconut lime one for Josh. He will love it. Great post my friend!

  5. How fun! Looks like a wonderful time. That ice cream looks delightful!!

  6. Awesome! Looks so fun! What is Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24?

  7. We had such a great time! Time flew by with everyone pitching in. It was great being able to taste all the different pizzas. I will be making Allison’s Sangria a staple item, so refreshing! My favorite was the coconut lime crunch ice cream, words cannot describe how AMAZING the ice cream is! Aggie thanks for hosting and putting together a great party!

  8. The Ice Cream came out better then I thought it would, we may buy an ice cream maker now!

  9. Oh yum! Everything looks great! I love pizza.

  10. Wow, this pizza party def caught my eye! I love fun takes on pizza…I made a delish one myself today along with killer bread sticks.
    http://johnstonesvinblanc.blogspot.com/2009/04/pizz-o-and-homemade-pizza-hut.html

  11. What a fun party! All the pizzas and ice cream looks so good. Especially that coconut ice cream. Man, I am sooo jealous right now!

  12. This looks great! Wish I was there! I’m jealous of your fresh basil…I just planted mine from seed a few weeks ago and it’s barely more than sprouts at this point! I’ll definitely have to make some fresh pizza with it once I have enough!

  13. Aggie,
    That looks like such a fun party you had!!! When we come to visit you guys, I’m expecting a pizza and ice cream party…..who doesn’t love pizza and ice cream!!!

  14. I just love that your fam owns a pizza joint–I mean how cool is that?
    Man, you guys went ALL out here! That ice cream has a crunch to it, how awesome! Did you guys get to keep the leftovers? Aren’t I bad to think about that? I’m just hungry right now LOL!

  15. What a great idea for a get together – everything looks SO delicious! How cool your family runs a pizzeria too.

  16. I can’t stop thinking about that coconut lime ice cream. Those are two of my absolute favorite flavors (and smells). Looks like the party was a big hit!

  17. oh my gosh- how fun is this! All of the pizza looks fantastic! But I think I’d save my whole appetite for that ice cream! Glad you had a blast

  18. omg yummm… this all looks fabulous! wish i was there!

  19. What a fantastic party! And how cool that your parents own a pizzeria – so much fun!

  20. What a great idea! I’d love to be invited to a party like this! I want to try the coconut ice cream.

  21. I can never think of anything to do for those 24, 24, 24 things. What a great idea!

    Looks like everyone had a great time and some wonderful pizza and ice cream. I’m especially enamored with the spinach one.

  22. What a great party! All the pizzas and ice creams are fabulous!

  23. What fun! i love the names of the pizza.

  24. Love this idea what a great fun, night with friends. Totally might copy this..

  25. What a terrific party. Those pizza’s have my mouth watering and the dulce de leche ice cream has me wanting to skip dinner and head straight to dessert. Congratulations by the way. Given the size of the membership it’s a real accomplishment.

  26. I am so happy Aggie you met up with fellow bloggers, I think it is a fantastic medium to make friends–

    The Pizza ingredients are “goodbye California pizza kitchen” lol I know how you feel about flipping pizzas… I loved working in the deli with family and friends, mozzarella on the pizza and a handful in my mouth.

    I am, however SO jealous of your swimming pool, something I miss dearly from my home country…however being in my adopted country “Japan”, giving the daily earthquake situation…ZERO pools in sight (unless you pay for a gym or pool club).. so sad (I used love midnight dips). “sigh” so I can come here and live vicariously through you = )

  27. So many great ideas!!! Bookmarked for sure for the next time I have a pizza craving 🙂

  28. How fun! I wish I could have been there, everything looks so delicious!

  29. This looks like such a fun idea! I’m a huge fan of pizza, so I think I might try to coordinate something like this with my friends. These all look so yummy 🙂

  30. WOW, Aggie! Looks like so much fun! I bet you guys had a blast, what a great idea for 24,24,24!!!

  31. What a fun time! All of the pizzas look tasty (especially Alison’s) and the ice cream is to die for. Nicely done!

  32. Congrats on your 24 post! This is a really good idea. You guys are literally tossing pizza, baking them on stones, everything. We’ll take an entire harmoni special and a batch of the coconut lime ice cream, thanks!

  33. This all looks so amazing! Congrats on a great idea!

  34. Fabulous post! We wish we were able to taste it all. Great job. Best, s

  35. WHAT!?! We need to live by you guys! That looks like so much fun! We love love love homemade pizza. I want mine to look like yours! Especially the crust!

  36. What a fun party! I love making homemade pizzas. Your dough looks fantastic.

  37. What a party Aggie! That Italian Stallion pizza is calling my name (at seven in the morning, haha, maybe I need some more iron?) You’re always welcome to host a party at my place if you’re in Arizona!

  38. All the pizzas look amazing! Looks like you all had a wonderful time.

  39. Oh wow, it ALL looks so good! That sangria sounds so refreshing and the pizzas – YUM! I’m going to have to try this amazing looking ice cream too – all winners!!

    -Amy
    http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

  40. Bookmarked, I must try Sangria recipe… used to drink them often in my friend’s house when I was younger 😉

  41. Aggie, I’ve been idly looking for a coconut ice cream recipe because I’m obsessed with coconut. This looks amazing, and I’m definitely looking forward to making it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  42. This sounds like it was loads of fun! I like the sound of the spinach alfredo pizza and the coconut lime ice cream!

  43. The party sounds delicious! Love it. I won't get started on how much I adore pizza, except to say its wonderful simplicity accents all the flavor of its ingredients…

  44. Hey Aggie — Thanks for the great pizza recipes. I can’t wait to make the white spinach one! Appreciate the help. What a fun party idea. The coconut icecream also looks fab — I am going to pull out my kitchenaide icecream maker and do a batch.

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