August 29, 2011 12:00 PM

Tyler Florence’s

ICE CREAM CHEESECAKE

The Food Network star shares a favorite dessert that provides ‘a great way to celebrate the end of summer. There’s nothing better than a delicious twist on a frozen treat’

FROZEN STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

Serves 12 to 15

2 (48-oz.) containers strawberry ice cream

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs

6 tbsp. butter, melted

¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar

1 (6-in.) store-bought cheesecake, room temperature

1 pint strawberries, hulled and cut into pieces

Juice of ½ lemon

1. Set ice cream out to soften for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, and ¼ cup sugar. Press mixture over the bottom and partly up sides of a 9-in. spring-form pan. Set aside.

2. When ice cream has softened, cream it with a wooden spoon until soft but not melted. Break cheesecake into pieces and beat or fold into ice cream. Pour mixture into pan and smooth the top. Put in freezer to set.

3. Combine strawberries, remaining 2 tbsp. sugar and lemon juice in a nonreactive saucepan. Warm over medium heat, 3 to 5 minutes. Chill.

4. To serve, remove sides of spring-form pan and place cheesecake on plate. Top with strawberries.

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Behind the Scenes

THE HELP

How the filmmakers re-created the old-school interiors of 1960s Mississippi

BEHIND THE CURTAINS

“These over-the-top drapes are typical of traditional southern houses,” DeAngelo says. “It got so hot they used heavy fabric to keep out the sun-some looked straight out of Gone with the Wind.”

BALLERINA PORTRAIT

This painting was found at an abandoned hospital in Clarksdale, Miss. Set decorator Rena DeAngelo tracked down the subject. “She said, ‘Oh my God, I haven’t seen that thing in years!'”

GOOD WILL

As filming started in Greenwood, Miss., people in town “would call me wanting their mother’s old furniture used in the movie,” says DeAngelo.

COLD SNAP

“We did subtle things to reflect that Hilly is a horrible person,” says production designer Mark Ricker. “The silver-and-white wallpaper represents her iciness.”

COUCH CAMEO

“The film’s sets really make a case for vintage finds,” says interior designer Nate Berkus, who executive produced The Help. This mid-century sofa belongs to the homeowner.

A NATURAL TOUCH

“Everywhere we went, people had Audubon bird prints,” says DeAngelo. This local home, however, originally featured a wall-size portrait of its owner.

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