Macaron Challenge: Wedding Cake and Lavender FAILS!

Well, sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Truth. Fact. And in the kitchen, as in life, the better you are at handling those fails…. the healthier your state of mind. This is a quick post on reflection, growth mindset and mindfulness specifically when things do not go right. Apply it to your kitchen adventures…

Garden Prep: February Starts

As someone who lives solidly in zone 5 (5b to be exact), I feel like I NEVER get my seed starting done early enough. Which means I often would start TOO early without a proper plan. Part of this was definitely due to my previous career. I would work like a madwoman from October through…

Stepping Into the Fear of Failure: French Macarons

Yes, I LOVE to cook. Yes, there are things I am scared of that I talk myself out of trying. YES, One of them happens to be one of my FAVORITE delicacies in baking. But, with more time in the kitchen now than I have had since initially moving to NYC in 2004, I seriously…

Waste not: Using all the Buttermilk

Again, nuggets of wisdom often show up in the most unlikely places. This lesson is in the form of ICE CREAM. Bought buttermilk for brunch pancakes but still have a bunch left? Needed it for some random recipe that you decided to try and the container still stares at you whenever you open the fridge??…