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Grilled Peach Ice Cream

Grilled Peach Ice Cream

I’m really hard on myself, I’ve told you that before. I’m a nothing-is-ever-good-enough kind of person. Lately, my photos have been in my line of fire when it comes to Stuff I’m Not Good Enough At. I can’t figure it out, why the light is never that beautiful, why the images aren’t compelling enough, why the heck I can NEVER master the over head shot. By the way, this all drives my husband crazy, because in the Grand Tradition of Amazing Husbands, he thinks I’m the most talented person in the world, let’s not disrupt that delusion, I sort of like it.

So, one of my tangible fixation for resolving at least some of the issues I have with my sub par photos was this slightly deranged idea that I NEEDED a reclaimed wood table. I NEEDED it (#firstworldproblems). I priced this absolutely necessary item, and in the Los Angeles area, this need could be fulfilled for the low, low price of about $2000. My aforementioned Amazing Husband disagreed that this was an actual need after seeing the price tag for such items.

I couldn’t stop thinking about such a need, and scoured Craigslist for the possibility that I might be able to pick one up. But as luck might have it, an old house in my neighborhood started to get torn apart. It was a 1920’s California Bungalow and the sight of it being ripped apart made me a little heartsick.

As I drove home one night, I noticed a stack of gorgeous antique wood, full of age and scars that I couldn’t get out of my mind. After dinner I pulled on a pair of old boots, waited for the workmen to leave for the day, and began to dig the gorgeous planks out of the trash piles.

I had two very specific feelings about this slightly insane venture of trespassing to dig through a trash pile, at dusk, in East Los Angeles. First, I felt like a crazy person (and clearly an amateur who didn’t think to bring gloves to dig through construction waste and old wood) as I tried to ignore the freaked out looks from passers by. Second, that I was heroically saving this amazing wood from the fate of a land fill (also slightly insane that I was heroizing myself for something so selfish).

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After I got home with Heroically Aquired Gorgeous Wood, I used actual real life and potentially dangerous power tools to nail it together, saw off the excess and I then had myself a Personally Reclaimed Wood (prop) Table. And posted the picture of my slightly insane venture on Instagram.

Although I’m fairly certain that my newly acquired fake table did not improve my photos, I’m still happy to have him in my house instead of a landfill.

Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers


  • 2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane (or minced)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup porter or stout beer
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped shallots (about 1 medium shallot)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into cubes
  • oil for the grill
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, honey, porter, red pepper flakes, mustard, soy sauce and pepper. Add the chicken cubes, refrigerate for 1 hour and up to overnight.
  2. Remove the chicken from marinade (reserve the marinade) thread the chicken through wooden skewers.
  3. In a pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil and shallots. Sautee until shallots have softened, about 5 minutes. Add marinade and boil, stirring frequently, until reduced and thickened, about 8 minutes.
  4. Grill directions:
  5. Preheat grill to medium high.
  6. Brush the grill lightly with oil.
  7. Brush the chicken with the glaze, place on the grill. Brush with glaze and turn every 2-4 minutes until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.
  9. Oven directions:
  10. Preheat the oven to 400. Place chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Brush liberally with glaze. Roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes, brushing with glaze every 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
  11. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.


*Use metal skewers made for the grill, or soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to use. The best way to do that is to place wooden skewers on a rimmed baking sheet, cover with water and place a heavy plate on top of the skewers to submerge. *Glaze will thicken as it cools. If it becomes too thick to brush, heat slightly to thin.

I used this KitchenAid Ice Cream maker (affiliate link).

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 11, 2013 um 1:18 am

You’re the 3rd blog in 3 days I read who has made peach ice cream – and they keep getting better with each post I see. Yours is beautiful 🙂 And it’s a sign I should make this!


Jackie July 11, 2013 um 8:27 am

You totally should. You should do one of those no-ice-cream-maker versions that you do so well.


Jen @ Savory Simple July 11, 2013 um 5:21 am

First of all, I’m really hard on myself as well so I can relate. Secondly, I’ve always loved your photos and am not just saying that (just one of the many reasons your blogs are in my top favs). Finally, I totally get the wood thing. I actually paid someone to build some wood tabletops for me because I’m a klutz and knew I would be a splintery mess if I tried. Yours came out awesome.


Jackie July 11, 2013 um 8:29 am

You’re one of my favorite bloggers too! You are so talented, and your photos are among my favorites of anyones.
I also think that being hard on ourselves is the only way we grow. But, our poor husbands!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 11, 2013 um 5:40 am

I am so glad to learn I am not the only person who feels the need to save gorgeous wood pieces. And your pictures are always gorgeous, you definitely have your own style. I still struggle with it.
This peach ice cream is like a permission to buy and grill more of this fabulous fruit – thank you. 🙂


Jackie July 11, 2013 um 8:30 am

You should totally buy a grill! I was without one for over a year and now that I have one I can’t stop grilling things. I love it so much.


Tieghan July 11, 2013 um 6:06 am

Jackie, I am the exact same way and honestly I have been feeling the very same about my photos since I came to Oregon (here till August). The lighting is awful and I can not get a single shot I like (so dark and so many shadows, they look so different from my normal photos). I cannot figure out what I am going wrong. It is awful. I am still using post from when I was home in Colorado, but those a running out. Ugh. I need to figure it out fast!

But I have to say, you are crazy because your photos are beautiful and I LOVE your new board! Wish I had a roughed up wood one like that. I also wish I had this ice cream!! Looks even better. I love grilled peaches!


Jackie July 11, 2013 um 8:33 am

It is so hard to figure out light! It’s harder than any other part of photography because there is no guide book for your specific house. Even when I moved houses in the same city it took me a while to figure out when to shoot and where.
And by the way, your photos are beautiful.


ashley – baker by nature July 11, 2013 um 9:38 am

I don’t know what I love more, this ice cream or your story! And can I just say that I always find your photos absolutely gorgeous! Now… I need to get my hands on some peaches!


Nicole July 11, 2013 um 9:47 am

I recently scavenged some wood from a pile that my Dad has been collecting up at our cabin in the mountains. This mission wasn’t nearly as cool and dangerous as yours, although I did have to battle some spiders and gigantic carpenter ants. I have yet to do anything with the wood, but someday it will probably make a great photo background. 🙂

P.S. This comment was refreshingly easy to leave.


Jackie July 11, 2013 um 10:02 am

Ha! No captcha for my blog 🙂

I think I saw your Instagram about that, it did get me thinking about where I could possibly scavenge some wood. And I got unreasonably freaked out by a few spiders on my reclaiming mission


carrian July 11, 2013 um 9:52 am

UMMMMMMMMMM I want it. ANd if you truly loved me you’d go grab some more wood for me and send it to me. END. OF. STORY


Jackie July 11, 2013 um 11:09 am

I seriously thought about making another one to give away, but those things are so dang heavy!


Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry July 11, 2013 um 11:44 am

Living in the Los Angeles area myself, I always feel so heartsick when I see another old bungalow getting torn down. I’m glad you savaged this wood and made it into a beautiful backdrop. This peach ice cream sounds magical for summer.


Bree (Skinny Mommy) July 11, 2013 um 1:05 pm

This sounds great!


Des @ Life’s Ambrosia July 11, 2013 um 2:33 pm

So in the last week I have purchased an ice cream maker and become a fan of grilling all the things. And you post Grilled Peach Ice Cream. Are you stalking me? If so please leave some reclaimed wood on my door step.


Cassie | Bake Your Day July 11, 2013 um 6:02 pm

First, grilled peaches always win me over. Second, we all feel your pain on this reclaimed wood thing. I am constantly pulling over on the side of the road when I see a pile of wood, "just in case". As if I don’t have enough.


Sarah July 11, 2013 um 10:15 pm

Your table looks amazing! And I had a similar 'my photos are terrible' meltdown the other day. Take heart that yours still kick the crap out of mine!


semizot July 12, 2013 um 1:27 am

Dairy products and fruit are always good pairs to produce something delicious. Milk and peach are not exceptions.

Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Tiffany @thyme of taste July 12, 2013 um 8:17 am

Wow… the ice cream and the new project it’s sitting on…totally awesome! My sweetie is in the wood business and we are always making new props and things around the house. But yours…I want one!!! Cheers- Tiffany


Valerie July 12, 2013 um 8:31 am

Oh, the twisted life of a food blogger. 😀 Pseudo new food photo props really do help kick start the photo mojo. I have a stained, dented, all-out damaged, cookie sheet that I can’t live without – I hide it from my mom when she visits because she thinks it’s filthy and has made it her goal to wash it or toss it away when I’m distracted by something else broken. Also, I think your photos are always stellar! (But I totally understand the need to want something just right.)

Speaking of just right, this peach ice cream would be perfect on this lazy Friday morning!


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Oh Jackie, you are too funny! I’m so glad you saved this "Heroically Aquired Gorgeous Wood". And dude, your photos are awesome as is man! And this ice cream – YES PLEASE!


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