Aug 28, 2012

THINKING AHEAD....TO THE HOLIDAYS

Well, it's surely "my" time to start thinking about the holidays, as it pertains to creating, baking and detailing cookies. I continue to offer the "favorites" in addition to newly inspired ideas. I am constantly looking at not only baked items, but enjoy wandering through boutiques and shops for new ideas on flavors, colors and textures.

The photo gives you some insight into "what's new" in my kitchen. I will be offering "Spiced Chai" French Macarons dusted with cinnamon for fall and a great Eggnog buttercream to be tucked neatly inside of any macaron of your choice - albeit the "snowflake" design you see or the "swirly" red/white design. I know some of you like "all things French" as I do, and can also request dried edible lavender for the tops of the macaron shells. Any buttercream will complement them nicely:) How about edging the macaron with sweetened coconut? I think it looks like "snow".  Or large-crystal sugar on the tops to look like an icy-wintery scene? The possibilities are endless...truly.

And of course the Buttercream Coins can take on many other forms - like the holly leaf shape.  See it hiding in there?

So it will soon be "your time" to start thinking about the holidays.....it's never too early. I get booked quickly, so please think ahead about your holiday events coming up or giving a gift of "sweetness" to your special friends or family.

I look forward to making your gatherings special this season!

A bientot!


Inspiring quote: "When you become a good cook, you become a good craftsman, first.  You repeat and repeat and repeat until your hands know how to move without thinking about it." Jacques Pepin, French chef

Aug 23, 2012

A RECENT WEDDING






I've been doing my posts mainly on some wonderful people that have so much to offer in the way of their talents. Today I thought I'd share a little bit about a wedding I just completed for a local bride, now living in Philadelphia. I truly love sitting with the bride, having her sample my current offerings, and discussing which cookies, colors, and design best reflect her special day. This photo was taken in my kitchen, after most of the cookies had been filled and decorated. Thank goodness I have an island large enough to hold all of these cookies! There were 408!

Aug 12, 2012

VILLEFRANCHE FRANCE....THE FRENCH RIVIERA




The French Riviera is like no other place we've ever been. We've made two stops to Villefranche, along the Cote d'Azur in the past few years and love it more each time.You will find small, quaint shops and great dining. The village of Eze and the city of Nice are nearby, as is the principality of Monaco. You can't beat the pastries of France either....or the perfect espresso or cafe creme! It is heaven in a cup:)

This photo was taken in Villefranche, after walking up and down the hilly landscape, moving in and out of narrow cobblestoned streets, peering into lovely cafes and shops....C'est si bon!

France was the beginning of my inspiration for baking. Our visit this fall will be mostly leisure, but we will surely be sampling and tasting our new "finds" - pastries that are either hard to find or nonexistent in our area. I'll be sure to share what we discover!

A bientot!