Today is my dad's 63rd birthday.
He doesn't read my blog, so I can tell you what I got for him.
Last weekend I was driving to Seattle to visit friends and I heard an interview on NPR with a Seattle author who wrote a book called "Jet Age". I was fascinated by the conversation about the global impact of the Boeing 707. My dad was a pilot in the Air Force and I thought he'd enjoy the book. When I got back home, I went straight to King's Books, a small independent bookstore, and ordered the book for Dad.
I looked up the book earlier this week on amazon.com and the book was about half the price. On one hand I want to get a refund and get it online instead. On the other hand, I want to support a local business (putting aside the fact that amazon.com is a Seattle company). The book is already paid for, so I guess the decision is made.
We're having a small party at my folks' house this weekend. I promised Dad I'd make vanilla ice cream. G-man is traveling - again - so it'll be just my folks, brother, and me. Oh, and Rosemary will go, too.
Now, if only I had room in the freezer for the ice cream freezing thingy.
Here's the recipe I'll try for Dad: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/serious-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe/index.html. I've tried making egg custard ice cream in the past except there's a problem: our eggs are too eggy. I'll eschew eggs for now and make a sinful dessert of cream, cream, and more cream.