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Amandine

Amandine

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about classic desserts and long forgotten gems that have been hanging out in the dark, dusty corners of my mind… for years. There have been desserts that I have not made in more than 10 years but have not […]

Meyer Lemon Tart

Meyer Lemon Tart

It’s the season once again for my all time favorite citrus, the meyer lemon. Our little tree has had unripened green lemons since late summer and I’ve been eagerly waiting for them to mature. Patience has paid off and the lemons are now ripe. Their […]

Prickly Pear Macarons

Prickly Pear Macarons

These bite sized gems were an experiment that turned out to be a success. Whew! As I was mentally kicking around new flavor combinations to try this was one of the more exciting as well as daunting ideas. From experience. I know things don’t always work out but sometimes, they do. To my surprise, these treats were K approved and as long as the macarons didn’t sit around in a warm room they were just fine. All of the delicate, sweet, tart prickly pear flavor came through and to my relief, none of the sliminess. That qualifies as a successful experiment in my book!

These guys were harvested from a nearby canyon that is full of tender nopales and  jewel colored prickly pears. Make sure to wear gloves and bring a paper bag along if you’re harvesting them on your own. These little suckers are prickly and it’s no fun getting splinters the size of very short hairs out of your hands.

Try your hand at macaron making with this recipe. To make the prickly pear filling, coarsely chop 1-2 prickly pears in a food processor and fold into 2 cups buttercream. Fill a disposable pastry bag (or small ziploc bag) and pipe the filling onto the flat side of one macaron and sandwich another on top. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to consume. They are even better the next day after flavors have melded. Enjoy!

Cannéle Bordelais

Cannéle Bordelais

There’s no doubt that the French have the lock down on pastries and desserts. Really, there’s the crepe, gateaux, macaron, napoleon, glace, pate de fruit, eclair, and then there’s the almighty cannele bordelais.  One bite of the chewy, caramelized edges and soft, custardy center will […]

Strawberry Mango Quick Jam

Strawberry Mango Quick Jam

I have a strawberry plant that has grown to overtake half of the vegetable box and was slowly inching its way further and further out. The strawberries were small and not enough in volume to make anything. It was either we eat them one by […]

Blueberry Financiers

Blueberry Financiers

As I was flipping through the glossy pages of Bon Appetit magazine, a number of recipes caught my eye. Among them was this financier batter. I am a huge fan of financiers in all shapes and sizes. It’s a very versatile batter that yields rich and buttery morsels with a delicate crumb. I have a trusted recipe I’ve been using for years, but this one had the addition of honey, which of course, piqued my interest.

Nevermind the fact that I already had fresh blueberries on hand and recently broke down and ordered these silicone molds.

Waiting around for these little suckers to cool down in the molds before popping them out was like watching grass grow. If you’ve ever used silicone molds, you know they are great at retaining heat.

Ahhh-  all cooled down and dusted lightly with powdered sugar. Grab a cup of coffee and get to relaxing . These guys are kinda tiny so it’s entirely possible to eat several before you’ve noticed the plate is almost empty…

Adventures in Eating: Kansas City, MO

Adventures in Eating: Kansas City, MO

“Adventures in Eating” is all about great desserts, drinks, food and local spots that I’ve been to during my travels. These are places I would definitely recommend to friends and find myself revisiting time and again  when I return. Some are new finds and others […]

30 day photo challenge: day 28

30 day photo challenge: day 28

Apple and walnut coffee cake for dessert and breakfast. Equally good as either meal, but fantastic with coffee. I’ll be having this for b’fast tomorrow morning to celebrate the end of a long week.

30 day photo challenge: day 12

30 day photo challenge: day 12

My favorite chocolates in the world! When in KC, we make it a point to to stop by, multiple times. The butterscotch bourbon (right & left middle row) is super fantastic.

Zurriola {Tokyo}

Zurriola {Tokyo}

It happened again- I bookmarked way too many restaurants in my Michelin Tokyo guide. I had more dining establishments bookmarked than we had days to eat. So, the inevitable needed to happen… I began to edit out choices and pare down to the absolute must […]

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