Asparagus – or Celery – Velouté with Bacon Croutons

Velouté means velvet, and that defines this soup perfectly! I have made several versions of this soup and each time, everyone loves it! This soup can serve as a starter for a heartier dish like Boeuf or Lapin Bourguignon, or serve a larger portion for a full meal. This dish seems really impressive, but it…

Earl Grey Macaron with Lemon or Lavender Buttercream Filling

The French Macaron has a cult following now-a-days! It didn’t when I first fell in love with them in New York 12 years ago, but for some reason, people still call them Macaroons. Go figure! Due to the famed difficulty of properly preparing these cookies, French pastry chefs would (and still do!) display them in…

Sachertorte

I have been obsessed with the idea of hosting a giant High Tea since I returned from London, and today is finally the day! It may threaten to rain, so we will sip our tea inside, but 16 lovely friends are coming over in just a few hours. Somehow, I managed to get all my…

Mango Jam with Cardamom and Saffron

I used up two of my giant pile of mangoes yesterday, but six more were sitting on my counter, threatening me with their ripeness. I love jam, in fact, now that I can bake a great baguette and figured out how to make my own butter, I occasionally survive for days on end on toasted…