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by Mrs. Lowe


Last week's Food Section of the Birmingham News was very interesting. In it was an article by JoEllen O'Hara about how a personality profile can be determined by the type of ice cream a person prefers. Now, I admit when I glanced at the column header I was skeptical, at best. It was only when I scanned down to the Coffee flavor and came face to face with MYSELF that I became a true believer!

Gosh, what a study you could do at Baskin-Robbins! Want to meet your one and only? Forget those dating services and Internet love sites. Just go to the store and stand in the ice cream aisle until you see someone buying your "flavor." This opens up a whole new concept of dating. Instead of asking the age old, war torn, and worn out question "What's your sign, baby?" you can sidle up to someone by the freezer and make a cool inquiry as to the preference of their frozen delight. Instead of frequenting the local meat markets like Senor Frog's, Roper's or Jitterbugs, you could just go on over to the White Marble Creamery and start looking for Mr. Double Chocolate Fudge or Miss Peachy Cream, whichever tickles your taster!

Now, assuming you know the "types" of people associated with each flavor, I don't see why this method wouldn't work. Here's a little synopsis, a comparison of sorts, to the flavors vs. people mentioned in the column.
Strawberry's are thoughtful, logical and slow to commit. However, when they DO, they are loyal and supportive. They are content to be followers and work behind the scenes. They go best with Coffee's.

Mint Chocolate Chip's are stubborn, ambitious, confident and skeptical. They are realists who prepare for the future. Never date them if you are a Strawberry! You will never consummate the union!

Coffee's (that's me, folks) are actually the best of all flavors. (Just ask one!) They are lively, dramatic, flirtatious, thrivers on the passion of the moment. They throw themselves into all they do and tend to be overcommitted. They start new projects before finishing old ones, becoming bored with the usual and thriving on the new and exciting. Don't you think that's just all about ME, ya'll?

Vanilla's are not to be taken lightly. They are colorful and dramatic risk takers who rely more on intuition than logic. They should stay far away from the Mint Chocolate Chips lest fireworks erupt and both go into meltdown. They take the emotional high road and idealistically rely on secure relationships to redirect their energies toward realistic goals.

The last mentioned flavor was Rocky Road. (I KNEW you were waiting on this one) These people tend to be charming and engaging in social situations but aggressive in business. Though they are successful, they are overly sensitive to minor slights and respond best to encouragement rather than criticism. Sounds like they are a little insecure to me. They should definitely NOT become involved with a Coffee.

JoEllen said she got her "flavorology" info from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. I wonder if they, too, are based in Quantico? Surely the FBI can use this information to detect SSK's (summertime serial killers) or something. I always thought they should be interested in Cuisine to Die For. It just says something about a person who would kill for a barbecue or goes around talking openly about Death By Chocolate, don't you think? I only hope there is some agent somewhere who is smart enough to tie this all together and put an end to the chilling crime wave in America. Alas, it is true -- we ARE what we eat!

In the meantime, I have a little recipe for some homemade ice cream that'll blow your mind!

Peachy Pecan Ice Cream

4 C. Fresh Peaches, sliced (very ripe ones, please -- one does not want the flavor to be tainted by green peaches)
2 C. Pecans, chopped (not too fine Little Ones lest you lose the chunky texture and full bodied taste of the nut)
2 C. Sugar
2 Tbs. lemon juice
2 Tsp. Vanilla
2 Quarts Half & Half- - - -OR - - - -2 Quarts Whipping Cream
A dash of salt

Thoroughly mash peaches and add one cup of the sugar. Add the lemon juice and let the mixture stand for 20 minutes. After the peach mixture is ready, add remaining ingredients and stir into the peach mixture.

Pour into a 4 quart ice cream freezer and follow manufacturers directions for freezing. You will have to buy crushed ice and rock salt while at the store for this purpose. This recipe is supposed to serve about 20 people but for some strange reason, I can never get it to go that far!

Does that mean we are all pigs here? Should I ask "The Profiler"? Let's all e-mail her at IceCreamProfiler@Quantico.Com. Oh, wait, am I confused? It wasn't the FBI at all, was it? Cancel those e-mails.