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The Deadliest Cook in America's Ice Cream with Peaches (Non-fiction)

Handmade ice cream from TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

“The new cook had made a special dessert — homemade ice cream with fresh cut-up peaches.” (Hardcover p.32) “By 1900 scientists had found a small percentage of people who had recovered from infectious diseases such as diphtheria, cholera, and typhoid —and otherwise seemed perfectly healthy — could transmit the disease.” (p. 37)

The story: The biographical story of Mary Mallon (a.k.a Typhoid Mary, a cook and healthy carrier of typhoid who inadvertently spread the disease) and the investigation led by George Soper (a sanitation engineer and typhoid expert hired to discover the source of the disease).

Handmade Ice Cream with Peaches

2 peaches + 2 cups heavy cream + 1 cup whole milk + 2/3 sugar  + 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Combine cream + milk + sugar + vanilla extract  in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour mixture into a large bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator until cool (about 1 hour). Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and stir ice cream. Repeat the last two steps 4-5 times. The ice cream will harden without forming crystals. Served with slices of peaches. Voilà.

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