Tag 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 …

 

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 …

 

Tales of a Chocoholic

          Chocolate has been, and as far as I can see always will be, my favorite thing. You may think this is pretty common, people always say they love chocolate and I don’t doubt them, I just know they don’t have the same relationship with chocolate that I do. Chocolate and I go way back to childhood. My first ever word was “chocolat” (That is how you say it in French by the way, and yes my first word was in French and it is probably the only major influence French Canada has ever had on …

 

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!

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