No Ordinary Birthday Cake

Chocolate Tart with Mandarin Oranges and Toasted Almonds My Mother’s birthday was last week and my sister and I had decided to make her a fabulous dinner of grilled shrimp and our grandmother’s famous strawberry salad. But instead of the usual cake and candles I wanted to do something extra special that would incorporate some… Continue reading No Ordinary Birthday Cake

The Persnickety French Macaron

Coconut French Macarons Welcome to one of the most finicky cookies you can ever attempt! I first made French Macarons last Christmas with great success. I made a traditional vanilla macaron with a chocolate buttercream filling. They turned out awesome with the classical feet markings and a delicate egg like shell. However, I was dreadfully… Continue reading The Persnickety French Macaron