Ice cream isn't just a summer treat: For fall, Lee's Ice Cream adds pumpkin to its array of flavors. "It's very popular," says Robert Arnold, a partner in The Fractured Prune/Lee's Ice Cream franchise (6308 York Road, near Towson). "People like it with their Thanksgiving dinner." They can even get creative and make a pie with it, says Cindi R. Caplan, co-owner (with her father and brother) of Lee's, a homegrown company, which celebrates its 30th year in 2009.
Caplan shares an easy recipe from friend Jeri Hessan of Clarksville: Combine 1 heaping cup of semisweet chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter and melt in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Add 2 cups Rice Krispies and mix together. Put into a buttered pie plate and form the shell. Fill with softened pumpkin ice cream and top pie with shaved semisweet chocolate. Cover and freeze till firm. Remove 15 minutes before serving.