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Not As Good As Pork Cracklins

misadventures in cooking

Sunday, May 15, 2011

French Macarons

America has fallen in love with French macarons. Shouldn't we go to Paris and stand in line at Ladurée as we are meant to? But no. They are everywhere. Every bakery has to have them. Every magazine has to have an article about them. And god knows, if you have a food blog, you have to blog them. Resistance is futile. I swear I tried.

So, French macarons with mocha fudge filling.

I'd like to say that I've had my fun and I'm done. I'm not. I could pretend it's because I have an expensive bag of Bob's Red Mill almond flour to use up. But in truth, it's because my first attempt didn't rise high enough and I didn't pipe my circles very circularly. I want to make some fun flavor-color matches. Like cherry-pink. Nutella-brown. Pistachio-green. And lemon-yellow!! How could I *not* make lemon-yellow macarons??

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cupcakes for Allison

Qualifying for the US Olympic Trials is a BFD. Allison of Team Rogue Elite, did it by running the BMO Vancouver Marathon in 2:44 (6:18 pace). She gets cupcakes.

Monday, May 09, 2011


Instead of Sunday Family Dinner, yesterday we had Sunday Family Brunch and it was wonderful.

Eric scrambled eggs, I cooked bacon, we toasted some whole wheat english muffins, and had gorgeous little dishes of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Monica took a beautiful photo of the petits pains au chocolate and posted the recipe. Here's a recipe for a take-off on Orange Julius. It sounds silly, but almost everyone loves

Orange Fluff
1 six ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1- 2 tsp vanilla
ice to fill the blender