Grandma Sunny’s Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

Lost Italian - Grandma Sunny's Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Photo by David Samson/The Forum

This recipe is from Sarah and Tony Nasello as featured in the Grand Forks Herald on October 22, 2014. The couple own Sarello’s Restaurant in Moorhead, Minn., USA.


Yield: 8 to 10 Servings


  • 9″ frozen prepared pie crust, baked*and cooled
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ pint whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream


Mix the pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until blended together. Fold in the whipped cream. Fill the pie shell with one pint of vanilla ice cream, then top with the pumpkin mixture. Freeze for 8 hours before serving – overnight is even better.

*Can prepare in small tart shells for individual pies

Click for another variation of the pie.


Drink to Autumn!

These beverage recipes are featured in the October 27, 2014 issue of First for Women magazine.  


Sweet Vanilla-Pumpkin Whirl

Yield: 1 Serving

Vanilla-Pumpkin Whirl
Sweet Vanilla-Pumpkin Whirl/Photo by First for Women magazine©


  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup toffee almond creamer
  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg


In a blender, puree all ingredients for 30 seconds or until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!



Pumpkin-Apple Rendezvous

On a chilly Autumn night, what better to have than a delicious drink in your hand to warm you up? (TWO drinks? One in each hand? ha) This beverage can be made with or without alcohol.
Yield: 1 Serving

1/4 cup apple cider
2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chilled ginger ale or ginger brew
1-1/2 oz. orange vodka (optional)

In shaker with ice, combine all ingredients.
Shake. Strain into sugar-rimmed glass, if desired.

Summer Lovin’

Famous Beach Scene turns 60


During the summer, it isn’t just the sun that gets hot.  Check out this article by Samuel Wigley below.  (Click here to see original post on BFI Film Forever site.)

The famous kiss from the film "From Here to Eternity"

The famous Beach kiss – Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the film “From Here to Eternity.”


“The Pacific swells into crests of white foam, its waves crashing on the sand. Two lovers, Sergeant Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) and army wife Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr), lie entangled in the wash, oblivious to the surge of the tide over their adulterous embrace. She’s in a halterneck swimsuit; he in black trunks – both gleam with wet in the black and white photography as, breaking apart, they run up the beach to a drier spot. Karen lies down on her towel. Milton drops to his knees, kissing her. “I never knew it could be like this,” she gasps. “No one ever kissed me the way you do.”

Described in words, the famous beach scene in From Here to Eternity (1953) is torrid stuff, without even mentioning the soaring strings of George Duning’s Oscar-nominated score. Of course, as cinema, it’s magic – one of the Golden Age’s most memorably erotic encounters.
The scene was considerably toned down from James Jones’s source novel, about the lives and loves of American soldiers stationed in Hawaii in the leadup to Pearl Harbor. On screen, Milton and Karen aren’t exactly having sex, as they do in the book, but for 1950s cinemagoers they might as well have been. The orgiastic music, the thunder of the waves, trembling bodies, the looks of intent in their eyes – this was strong stuff for films of the time.

This alchemical moment is now 60 years old. Fred Zinnemann’s film premiered in New York on 5 August 1953, and would go on to receive 13 Oscar nominations, winning a total of eight including best picture, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography and best supporting actor for Frank Sinatra.

Nothing, sadly, for Lancaster or Kerr, though both were nominated. But it’s these two, and their amorous clinch in the waves at Halcona Cove, on the island of Oahu, that are the most fondly remembered elements of the film. History records that it was Lancaster’s idea to do the scene lying down in the surf; the script had maintained propriety by having the lovers kissing standing up. With this flash of censor-baiting inspiration, a classic sequence was born that’s lost little of its power in these 60 years. From here to eternity…”


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