Matcha Macaron with Lemon or Matcha Buttercream

  There is something so charming about a batch of colorful macaron in one of those delightful, custom boxes, but whenever I make my own, I can never seem to accept reality and add food coloring to mine to achieve the same results. I am always searching for something natural to augment the color. This…

3 Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker!

Has it finally stopped raining? Well at least its sunny for the weekend! After spending a fabulous afternoon floating on a giant pink flamingo at my friend Teresa’s home, I decided I should make some more ice cream! I bought a cantaloupe at the market last weekend, but I forgot to eat it and found…

Raspberry and Cream Cheese Hand Pies

These babies were developed for my New Orleans Dinner, but I planned way too many desserts, so I haven’t served them to a large crowd until our Memorial Day Steak and Cake Cookout on Monday. What makes this pastry special is the sweet pastry crust that is used. I generally prefer a simple pastry flour…

Lavender Macaron with Lemon Buttercream

Lavender makes me think of the summer. I always imagine a countryside in Italy or France with fields of violet, or seemingly carelessly placed pots of lavender and rosemary basking joyfully under the hot sun as bees frolic from flower to flower. I think of lavender and lemon squeezed over desserts and fish alike. These…

Award Winning Salted Chocolate and Caramel Tart

I was walking to the market the other day and saw a neighborhood sign advertising a Memorial Day cookout on Sunday featuring a Pie Contest! I was intrigued! I have never entered a pie baking contest before! I knew I was making a lot of desserts for my own cookout on Monday afternoon, so I…

Lemon Custard with Lemon Curd Topping

I love lemon curd, but for some reason didn’t think of making it myself until a year ago when I found myself with a dozen egg yolks left over from a big merengue I was making. So many of my recipes are created out of the leftover ingredients of other cooking endeavors, but I am…

Gulab Jamun

For over a decade, I have loved “Indian syrup balls,” those amazing little balls found at the end of every Indian buffet. It took me going to an Indian market with Gonzo last year to figure out what they were called. This was a challenging recipe, but I am glad I made it. There are…