Macaron Challenge: Sunshine Daydream Creamsicle

This is a fun little twist on a basic single color macaron with a smooth, citrusy filling. Yesterday it was 73 degrees up here in NH and that means it is time to start thinking about ice cream, popcicles and all sorts of fun summery treats! With that, in mind, here is the Orange Creamsicle…

Basic Macaron Shell (Italian Method)

For years, I dreaded trying to make French Macarons at home. The instructions were complicated. The ingredients EXPENSIVE. There were so many “if you do THIS, they will be horrible” caveats in the posts that I over-hyped the difficulty and under-anticipated that even poorly executed macs are DELICIOUS. And the worst thing? I stopped myself…

Simple Vanilla Buttercream

This is a fabulous quick reference recipe for the start of any great filling or frosting. I love a simple vanilla buttercream: there are literally 4 ingredients and based on your level of sweetness, you can adjust this with a few minor additions to loosen, spread out the sweetness or basically flavor this to your…

Macaron Challenge: Salted Watermelon Poppy Seed

Ahhhh summer. You elusive, oft cursed in the heat of July but yearned for in the depths of January fickle timeframe. I will say up front: I am not a huge summer fan. Never have been beyond the age of 12 (my mother worked at a campground close to my house every summer while I…

Waste Not: Quickie Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Half a tub of mushrooms left in that fridge? Check. Spinach in there, too (or in the freezer?) Check. MASSIVELY INCREASED EGG PRODUCTION? CHECK. OMG CHECK. Going from an egg or two every other day to 5-6 eggs a day once the days stretch out a bit is… alarming sometimes. There are ways to combat…