Friday, January 27, 2012

Madisono's Gelato at The Golden Lamb

The lobby at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio

The Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon, Ohio has a near 200 year history of offering delicious food and accommodations to travelers in the "Ohio Country". Now it serves one of the best (in our humble opinion) deserts to new visitors and travelers--Madisono's Gelato and Sorbet! We are really proud to be on the menu at this esteemed place in Ohio's history.

If you haven't been to The Golden Lamb, there is more than great gelato to lure you there. The Golden Lamb was first opened in 1803 as a public house and in it's near 200 years of hospitality it has served 12 presidents and countless statesmen and travelers through the "Ohio Country". It's the longest running business in the state of Ohio! Of course, you can't have a place open that long without some great stories, including tales of hauntings, financial drama and more. And with names like "The Dickens Room", "The Ulysses S. Grant Room" and "The Harriet Beecher Stowe Room", it's worth considering an overnight stay so you can soak up all the fun Ohio history. Just don't forget to have some gelato after your meal!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

John Do Ya

We thought you'd be interested in learning how to pronounce our newest seasonal flavor since you'll be asking for it over and over again after you've tried it.

The official flavor name is "Gianduja", which is a classic Italian Gelataria flavor of hazelnut and chocolate. Think of it as gelato in the flavor of Nutella.

Before this flavor was slated for pints, we diligently worked the recipe development process, adding different ratios of hazelnut paste and coco until the richness and flavor is just right in our judgement. But then it still has to pass the very rigorous and discerning expectations of our flavor tasting panel (consisting of our kids, families and any friends who happen to invite us to dinner during the development process) before we seal up the special recipe and start production.

We welcome you to give it a try when it hits the stores in February of 2012 and let us know if you love it as much as we do!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Madisono's at Ferrari's Restaurant

If you're feeling like you need a mini vacation, you might consider visiting Italy at Ferrari's Little Italy and Bakery restaurant in Madeira, Ohio. We've been selling Madisono's gelato and sorbet there for several years and it's one of our favorites. When we enter the store for deliveries, we are always transformed to our "happy place" with the comforting aroma of fresh baked bread they offer from the bakery at the front of the restaurant. Seriously, is there a more comforting smell than crusty bread just out of the oven?

The delicious Northern and Southern Italian food is served family style in the restaurant, and after my wife eat dinner there we always leave with bellies full and hearts satisfied. When you go, save room for gelato, but if you opt for a crispy canoli confection instead, don't worry! You can pick up a pint of Madisono's on your way out to enjoy at home.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Seasonal Flavors are Coming! Meyer Lemon sorbet

Would you take a look at these beauties? These are very special lemons called Meyer Lemons. What makes them so special you say? Well for one, they are now a new seasonal sorbet flavor offered by Madisono's starting in February. We use a lot of hand motions and facial expressions in the shop to describe flavors, so this our best effort using words. It would help if you could imagine us making a sweeping gesture with our hands from our mouth to heaven above and looking like we are going to cry because the taste is so overwhelmingly beautiful. Got the image? Now for words: sweet, tart, lively, refreshing, bursting, clean, lemon-y, citrus, crisp, bright...

Meyer lemons themselves are very special, even before their life in our sorbet. The Meyer lemon is actually a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange. This is why the rind has a dark warm yellow color and the flavor is less acrid and slightly sweeter than a typical lemon. The fruit originates from China and was brought to America by agricultural explorer Frank Meyer in 1908. You can purchase Meyer lemon trees and grown your own, but in our ever changing midwestern climate they are a challenge to keep alive. We actually tried to grow one at our house but our black thumb took it to fruit tree heaven a few months later. If you'd like to learn more, here is a link to an interesting article from NPR about the lovely lemon.

Here is a picture of how we get that gorgeous flavor into the sorbet. After scraping off the flavorful rind (which is entirely edible, by the way) and adding that to the sorbet base, we squeeze the juices out so that every delicious part possible of the Meyer lemon is incorporated. Can you imagine how great the shop smells after this? It smells really good. This flavor and 3 others will be soon available at retail locations in February of 2012.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dulce De Leche Gelato recipe

Photo by Amy Neunsinger

Have you tried Madisono's Dulce De Leche gelato yet? It is a sweet and creamy flavor inspired by the Mexican Dulce De Leche or "sweet milk" desserts. You might recognize the flavor as sweetened condensed milk but we don't use a can of sweetened condensed milk for our gelato, we do it old school buy boiling down milk until it is thick and caramelized. This takes over 7 hours (yes, 7 hours!) but we think that authentic flavor is what makes our gelato so good.

Here is a beautiful recipe from epicurious. Remember that you can use the "where to find it" tabs at the top to find retail stores that sell Madisono's Gelato and Sorbet.

Dulce De Leche Gelato with Mexican Chocolate sauce and strawberries
  • 6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  2 pints Madisono's dulce de leche  gelato
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries (about 1 pound), hulled, quartered
Place first 4 ingredients in medium metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; stir until smooth.
Divide ice cream among 6 bowls. Sprinkle berries over. Spoon warm or room-temperature sauce over.

Friday, January 6, 2012

If you're in Oxford, Ohio visit Moon Coop Market!

We are really excited to have Madisono's Gelato and Sorbet sold at the Moon Co-op Natural Foods Market (Miami Oxford Organic Network Co-op) located on 512 South Locust St. in Oxford, Ohio. A newly opened retail outlet for the 7 year strong coop, it showcases organic and natural products from toothpaste to spices, as well as locally grown produce in season. Our gelato and sorbet fits right in since it's locally produced, and uses all natural ingredients. My wife's family has big history in both the city of Oxford, as well as being Miami Aumni so this was a very important location to add in the tri-state region. She suggests to the Miami students that Madisono's Dark Chocolate Orange and Salted Caramello gelato would be the perfect finish to a Miami bagel from B&D and bag of Smartfood popcorn. If you haven't started your evening yet, be sure to get your pints (gelato pints!) now, so they'll be waiting when you come home which will be much, much later in the evening. I went to college, I know these things...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A little Florida sunshine today

It's quite a chilly day out today so we are warming up our hearts with some gorgeous fresh red grapefruits from Florida. These will be used in the pink grapefruit sorbet we are making today along with some ruby red grapefruit juice. These fresh ingredients are the life-force behind the sweet-tart citrus flavor so many people love. Can you feel the warm sun now? Try a pint and you'll see what we mean...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year from Madisono's Gelato

We're excited to start this new year off right by replacing the old computer that took an impossible 60 seconds to load a page is now replaced with a current and speedy model. It takes a little time to install everything but man, it's worth it!

Installing a new computer is just a part of the fun we're having today. The other part is making some sorbet. Ruby Red Grapefruit sorbet to be specific. We developed this special flavor exclusively for Executive Chef Cristian Pietoso for Nichola's (top rated Zagat in 2011) and Via Vite restaurants here in Cincinnati. It is featured in the signature scroppino drinks served there and one patron recently reported to me that this drink is "the best alcoholic drink ever!".

If you're finished with the New Year's wine and champagne, here is a recipe for the refreshing Italian drink adapted from this recipe. We suggest you try this one and then have one of Chef Cristian's for a full taste test and report back to us later...

*to find Madisono's pink grapefruit sorbet, check our "Where to find it" page on this blog.


1 pint pink grapefruit sorbet

1/4 cup Prosecco or sparkling wine

1/4 cup vodka

Pour ingredients into a blender, clamp on the lid and buzz until the ingredients are fully incorporated and frothy, 30 to 40 seconds.