Category Archives: French

Macaron Gifts

Since my first attempt at making French macarons, I’ve made them twice more – same recipe (from my trusty MacarOn Café recipe book), but I altered the appearance for special occasions.
 

Earlier this year, I made confetti macarons for my friend’s birthday gift and another friend’s graduation gift, which were coincidentally around the same time. As I was browsing Pinterest one day, I stumbled across beautiful confetti macarons from Style Sweet CA. I borrowed the decoration idea because what’s more festive than confetti? Especially for celebrations like graduations and birthdays. The only step in the macaron process was to put some sprinkles …

 

California Eats: Part 2

Last week, I blogged about some of the California eats that I enjoyed on my recent trip to the West Coast. Today, I’ll continue sharing my food adventure in the golden state with a focus on sweets and snacks.
 

 
As you may know, I am obsessed with French macaron cookies – so much that I learned to make them myself (see post on nutella macarons)! When I discovered that Milk Shop, an ice cream parlor in LA, served macaron ice cream cookie sandwiches, I knew that I had to make a special trip there. Inside Milk, there were display cases full of …

 

National French Toast Day

Happy National French Toast Day! This special food holiday was recently celebrated on November 28. French toast also happens to be my favorite breakfast/brunch item, which is no surprise since I have a big sweet tooth. I’m on a mission to try all the best French toast dishes in the Boston area, and hopefully around the world since it is a dish that is enjoyed in so many countries.
It doesn’t take rocket science to whip up a French toast meal: soak slices of bread in a mixture of beaten egg/milk/cream, fry both sides on a skillet, and finish it off with a sweet topping (i.e. powdered sugar, …

 

French macarons

 
French macarons have been on my baking bucket list for a while now – ever since I tasted it for the first time in 2009 from MacarOn Café in New York City. A macaron (not to be confused with a macaroon with 2 o’s) is a delicate French cookie sandwich, whose main ingredients are egg whites, sugars, and almond powder/flour. It has an eggshell-like texture and chewy consistency. This trendy dessert comes in a variety of colors, flavors, and fillings (i.e. ganache, buttercream, fruit jams).
 
I have visited several famous macaron bakeries, including Ladurée, Bouchon, La Maison du Chocolat, Miette, and Nadège Patisserie. Unfortunately, good ones are …

 

Chocolate pine-nut tart!

I collect recipes with the best intentions of making them all even though I know most likely I will only make a small percentage of those recipes I collect.  I will make a recipe I have never tried and bring it to someone’s house for better or worse. Luck has been on my side or I am a good judge of a recipe.  For now I will say luck is on my side!  I needed a dessert to bring to a friend’s house and remembered I had this recipe for a chocolate pine-nut tart.
I found this recipe in 2009 and …

 

Scrambled eggs a la Gordon Hamersley

Recently I took a class at the BCAE in Boston which I will tell you about at another time with Gordon Hamersley from Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston. The class was incredible but again you will have to wait to read more about the class and why you should take any class that Gordon teaches.  He is a teacher and listening to him you learn so much and Gordon shares so much with you.  I wished the evening did not end!

Tags: BCAE, Boston, cold butter, cooking class, eggs, Featured, French, Gordon Hamersley, Hamersley's Bistro, kosher salt, nonstick pan, pepper, scramble eggs, …

 

Chocolate Mousse to die for!

Photo by José Picayo
It is the week to enjoy chocolate, after all isn’t that what you do when Valentine’s Day comes? I came across a recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Mousse and it looked so easy to make I could hardly believe I could get so lucky!  The recipe only had four ingredients!  I had to make it! Move over 5 Ingredient Fix, this was Four Ingredient Fix!

Tags: bittersweet chocolate, Cambridge, Chez Henri, Chez Jean, chocolate, chocolate mousse, Desserts, Dorie Greenspan, Featured, Five Ingredient Fix, four ingredient recipe, heavy cream, organic eggs, sugar, Valentine's Day