Lemon Verbena Macarons, Sharing Passions & A Giveaway!

July 31, 2011

Lemon Verbena Macarons

Hard to believe that one week ago, last Sunday, we were basking in the heat of Oklahoma watching our first rodeo, enjoying the last bit of our trip to pioneer country.

Macaron Workshop - Pioneer Woman's Ranch
I'm from the South of France. I talk with my hands. A lot...

A ranch. Wild horses. Cows. Stray dogs. And cats. Night skies that fill your soul of everything good and infinite. Sunrises so intense they almost paralyze your thoughts. And your words.

Lemon Verbena Macarons

Food. Lots of it. Cameras clicking away. Spatulas folding fast and furiously. Strangers who became fast friends. Happy banter. Wine. Late nights and shooting stars.

Saint Louis
Downtown Saint Louis.

2850 miles driven. One macaron workshop. One food photography workshop. Lots of pictures taken and archived. Lots of coffee. Lots of time spent catching up with Bill as we drove through Memphis, Pawhuska, Saint Louis, Nashville, Asheville. We reveled in the immensity of this country. We anticipated with excitement our time off together at the ranch. We smiled the whole drive back to Charleston. We had fun. The trip gave us back every bit of ourselves we put out there. To strangers and to each other.

Lemon Verbena Macarons

I loved that Bill saw me in my element and that now he understands why I get so involved and so quiet everytime I do and leave a workshop or a conference. I invest everything I've got in the people coming to learn. I am spent. Emotionally, verbally. It was great that he saw the dynamics and spirits of the people attending. Now he gets it. And he gets why it is so important for me to pay it forward. Continually.

Macaron Workshop - Pioneer Woman's Ranch
Darcy, Helene, Krystin.

Seeing a dozen people go from mildly intrigued to slightly nervous and completely giddy at the idea of learning a new skill like macaron making is priceless. The act covers much more than just piping and filling pretty cookies. It covers essentials of pastry science that would be Harold McGee or Shirley Corriher approved. Things that explain incidents or successes with other cookies and recipes.

Macaron Workshop - Pioneer Woman's Ranch
Mandy and my editor Courtney.

Answering people's questions about photography. Seeing people with different levels of interest and skills just pick up their camera and compose and shoot food all afternoon was balm to the heart. They teamed up, they geeked out, they giggled. They got frustrated. They got creative. I was thrilled that my editor at Wiley, Courtney came for the weekend too and saw the book in action so to speak!

Macaron Workshop - Pioneer Woman's Ranch

It was a moment that went beyond taking a picture or making a story. A sense of community developed bringing us closer. It made them want to share what they had learned that day. I told them they should. I do! It's the key to a happier soul.

Saint Louis
Saint Louis.

We drove to Oklahoma with clear chatty anticipation of the weekend and we drove back to Charleston in silence. Memories already making room in our hearts and bumping around in our heads.

Horses On The Road To The Lodge

Thank you to everyone who came with open minds and open hearts, who came for one thing and left with three others. Thank you to Ree for opening her home to a bunch of strangers and for the time spent with us in the middle of family sickness and cookbook deadlines.

Ree At Work
Ree shooting a recipe for her new cookbook.

It was a colorful weekend. And I am not only talking about the macarons! It was hot sure, but for us it was actually a heat we could sustain as it was humidity free. The moment we stepped out of the car in Charleston, it felt like a steam oven. Come to find out, it was especially beneficial to my plants this whole time and I walked into an oasis of overgrown basil, thyme, oregano, pineapple sage and lemon verbena. Happy, happy!

Lemon Verbena

In an effort to keep the plants trimmed and well and to accompany this post, I made a batch of lemon-lemon verbena macaron the other night. Light and summery. They are perfect with a glass of lemonade as a little pick me up in the blistering heat of summer.

Lemon Verbena Macarons

One last thing and there is a giveway to go along...

I rarely travel empty handed and I had brought goodie bags to all the attendees to help them with macarons making (aprons, spatulas, food coloring, etc...) and each attendee also received a copy of Plate To Pixel. I don't know how it happened but I came home with an extra goodie bag and I want it to find a good home so I am putting it up for grabs today.
The bag contains:
- one apron (similar to the ones worn by the attendees in the pictures above)
- spatula, pastry tip, pastry bag
- powdered food coloring kit (8 colors)
- one signed copy of "Plate to Pixel, Digital Food Photography & Styling"

To enter: leave a comment here between today, Sunday July 31st and Tuesday August 2nd, midnight (Eastern time). No anonymous entry. One comment per person. That's it! Easy peasy..

Lemon Verbena Macarons:

Makes 25 to 30 filled macarons, depending on size

Ingredients:
For the shells:
200 gr powdered sugar
110 gr almonds (slivered, blanched, sliced, whatever you like)
1 tablespoon loosely packed lemon verbena leaves
90 gr egg whites (use egg whites that have been preferably left 3-4 days in the fridge)
25 gr granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped lemon verbena

Directions:
Place the powdered sugar and almonds in a food processor and give them a good pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Add the lemon verbena leaves and mix until blended. Sift if desired (helps keep the shells smooth in appearance).
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites to a foam, (think bubble bath foam) gradually add the sugar until you obtain a glossy meringue (think shaving cream). Do not overbeat your meringue or it will be too dry.
Add the nuts and powdered sugar to the meringue, give it a quick fold to break some of the air and then fold the mass carefully until you obtain a batter that falls back on itself after counting to 10. Give quick strokes at first to break the mass and slow down. The whole process should not take more than 50 strokes. Test a small amount on a plate: if the tops flattens on its own you are good to go. If there is a small beak, give the batter a couple of turns.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip (Ateco #807 or #809) with the batter and pipe small rounds onto parchment paper or silicone mats lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with the finely chopped lemon verbena. Let the macarons sit out for 30 minutes to an hour to harden their shells.
When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 280F.
Bake the macarons for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on their size. Let cool.
Once baked and if you are not using them right away, store the shells in an airtight container out of the fridge for a couple of days or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks (longer and the sugar starts to seep out which makes them sticky). Fill the macarons and let them mature in the fridge at least 48 hours prior to eating them.

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
zest and juice of one lemon

In bowl of electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar on low speed, until very smooth with no lumps. Add the lemon zest and juice and mix until well blended. Pipe or spoon about a tablespoon into the center of each macaron shell and top with another shell.

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DIB said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend at Ree's. I've never heard of lemom verbena. I'll have to go looking for some.

bloop said...

I am all about this! I already own Plate to Pixel, but I'm having a macaron making day with a girlfriend as soon as the weather cools down enough to contemplate the oven, and I know she would be over the moon for it. The rest of the kit wold be mine, however!

Ruthie Ruth said...

What a great post and trip. I hope I can attend one of your workshops one day!!

Henrietta said...

This is such a beautiful post. You've rekindled my love of the macaron.

Nyte Crafter said...

Workshop looks great.. I would want to attend one of your workshops, it looks fun. Macarons looks delicious can't wait to try the recipe =D Thanks for sharing.

Joni said...

Wish I'd been there at the Lodge.

Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds like you had a marvelous time. I would love to have been part of that happy crowd in Ree's kitchen!

Jenny Mendes said...

I can't see my comment, so I am trying again....I tasted my first macaron this February in Paris :) and have fresh little lemon verbena plant in my garden. Hmmmmmm do I dare??

DeDe Mitchell said...

This blog is great! I'm an aspiring food blogger/reviewer and I LOVE the photos! I'm trying to capture food as beautifully as you do. Hopefully I'll win the book! Thanks!

Kimberly said...

I just tried a macaron for the first time yesterday - a chocolate mint one. Yum! Lovely photos!

Unknown said...

Love love love macarons! But I have yet to try my hands at them because they seem so impossible to make - Helene, your website continues to be an inspiration with the gorgeous photos and drool-eliciting recipes! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

ronnie at moose diaries

kimberlyloc said...

Gorgeous macarons. Thanks for the post!

Deb said...

Great photos for a wonderful time spent. Cooking is sharing and so much more than the food itself. Like the idea of cream cheese filling with the lovely macarons.

linda said...

Helene you are just amazing! I have never attempted macarons but am intrigued. I absolutely stopped breathing when I saw your photo of the Lodge with the Big Dipper overhead. Keep sharing and loving!

Anonymous said...

Definitely going to try making these lovely macaroons.

jess desserts said...

A weekend with PW on the ranch..... WOW!

TannyP said...

If your book is anything like Your blog, I can't wait to get my hands on it! Gorgeous photos and delicious macarons!

hil924 said...

such beautiful photos!

beaudrillard said...

Helene, you are simply inspiring!

beaudrillard said...

You are simply inspiring, Helene!

diana said...

I'm happy you had a great trip out to Oklahoma! It looked like a lot of fun and those lemon verbena macarons look so tasty!

diana
[dianakim86@gmail.com]

ForgedBlog said...

Oh how I wish I could have been there!

Darcy said...

It was an awesome weekend and I left with new friends and baking skills! Helene you are like a sister to me--you and Bill are the best! xoxo

Di Briseño said...

Count me in! Love reading all of your postings. I hope I win!

Jess K. said...

Those lemon/lemon verbena macarons look lovely and I'm sure they taste lovelier than they look!

Ginnette said...

Hi, i am so scared to make macaroons... but i promise that if i win, I will make them asap :D

Julia said...

I have fallen in love with your blog! I am planning my very first macaron adventure. I am thinking of doing a Rose Buttercream for the center! I love your posts. I send happiness your way.

-Julia

Just Me said...

I am so jealous! Is there somewhere we can see a list of your upcoming workshops?

Nancy G. said...

I would love to win your goody bag. My current copy of your book is already well worn and if I win a new one, I promise to pay it forward.

SMAA said...

I just found your blog through PW and I love it! You do amazing work ;)

Cocoa and Quinoa said...

Looks like a wonderful trip with great scenery, food, and new friends. Makes me want to go on a roadtrip too! And make macaron of course :)

Epicure said...

My first time on your site, and your love for life and what you do is so overwhelmingly evident! I teach too and know what you mean about how students and teacher bond in the kitchen. Lovely to read about and dream of...

Nani said...

Can I just say that I would have given my favorite fluted ceramic pie pan to have been there with you all?

The Baker Within said...

I love your blog. This kit would be a great start to my macaron making :)

Dina said...

That looks amazing. I will be definitely trying the macaroons soon. :)

Funny Girlie Eats said...

Love the book! j i've been eagerly reading it each spare moment I get.
Tracy

casey cakes said...

I am currently reading your book and highlighting throughout each chapter like a mad woman. I am enjoying every bit of it and learning so much.

Michael said...

Your photos are amazing! And to cook in a kitchen like that would be a dream come true!

laura said...

Macarons are incredible I'm a big fan of your blog! I love the photography and food that you feature!

laura said...

I'm a huge fan of macarons and your blog!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful time you had, and it shows by the comments and photos you have posted. I hope someday I will be able to enjoy a workshop with you. I cannot wait to do more food photos at home, all with your help and sharing of technique and recipes. Marvelous, just stunning!

Lora said...

I love your blog! Your photography is splendid and the recipes are all so interesting.
My neighbor gave us a lemon verbena plant that I use in my tea, but now I want to use it for these macrons, also. Looking forward to trying this recipe!

Anna said...

Oh, that whole weekend sounds absolutely envious. I actually tried your macaron recipe this past weekend and it came out gorgeous! The first time I've ever tried macarons with not a single casualty. Thank you :D

Unknown said...

i'd give just about anything to learn how to style food and take pictures of it - yours are always an inspiration. i especially like the one of dt saint louis!

maybe once i graduate university - only 5 more classes to go!!

sindy said...

your blog is great. i luv coming to your site and just looking at all ur pictures.. they make me drool and get hungry every time!

alice t. said...

i love lemon verbena. delicious as a tisane as well.

Spicey said...

Those look delicious. :)

Kate said...

Your photos are gorgeous! The macarons are just beautiful.

owlette said...

wow this giveaway is amazing I've been wanting to make macroons for awhile thanks for your awesome posts:)

Eleanor Audrey said...

Delightful pictures with a lovely story to boot! Really wish I was there to experience it too. Glad you had fun, and I'm going to try my hand at the recipe now!

Unknown said...

love! a macaron making weekend with friends i think must be in my future.

Woon Xin Hui said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely story. You inspire me to try my hand at baking! Maybe I'll start with your recipe!

Elessara said...

Beautiful. Congratulations on what looks to have been a week well lived - very inspiring!

Tetyana Kovalenko said...

Beautiful pictures. I enjoyed reading the post.

Noelani said...

Wish I could have seen you in action! Great post!

Andi said...

Thank you for this post: you are so inspiring. I'm a follower of your blog and I love it so much.

Anna Marie said...

I do so love macarons - my first one was from Laduree. Magical.

Anonymous said...

This class looks like such fun. Can't begin to imagine all the conversation and photo opportunities at the Ranch. and did I see hibicus on the KitchenAid?
Would just love to win this, I have a daughter who won't let go of my copy of Plate to Pixels.

HNMT said...

The orange mixer is darling.
Wonderful photos, as always!

jmaese@cox.net said...

Thank you so much for sharing bits of your life and fabulous recipes! Now if we could just have your secret to staying slim in the face of all the calories . . .

mk smith said...

Love the classic, simple style of your food photography.

srsaeaa@gmail.com said...

Hi there. : )

Maneesha said...

Love the pictures. Wish I had a group like this to cook & bake with. Definitely going to try the macaroons.

Shari said...

Beautiful pictures, as always. The macarons are lovely!

Unknown said...

Looks like it was a wonderful time. Thanks letting us experience it through your photos and blog. This recipe couldn't come at a better time . . . I love lemon verbena and have egg whites waiting. Was going to try plain macarons for my first attempt but this is so much better. Thanks again! ~Megan

Jessica said...

It looks like such a warm and inviting atmosphere that you've created for you workshops. Very inspiring and encourages me to see such genuine hospitality shared with the ladies at the workshop and how welcoming you are to your readers.

I'm truly looking forward to seeing more and will stop by your blog regularly from this point forward.

Thanks for sharing!

Dana Lundblad said...

Macarons! Je t'aime!!!!

Laura said...

Your site is beautiful and one of these days I am going to try to make macarons! They look amazing!

Laura B. said...

Looks like yall had a blast!

Sarah V. said...

I just red about your blog, and I love it! The photos are beautiful, and the food is amazing.

Sarah

Elin said...

What a lovely post, and I live the creme cheese frosting for the macaroons!

max said...

Hi Helene!

Can anyone enter, even from other countries? I hope so. I love your photography, and thanks to you and David Lebovitz, I am considered a macaron guru amongst my friends and family :D

- H

Liron Mcley said...

I love the photos and everything about this blog!! You are such an inspiration that because of you, a friend and I are working on opening a food blog ourselves!!

Cheryl said...

Looks like such a fabulous time! Really admire your work.

Anonymous said...

Your photos are so captivating. I read your blog regularly.

Megan said...

Count me in... I soooooo wish I could have been there that weekend.

Becca said...

Love the re-cap and your photos!

Linda and Matthew said...

Love the St. Louis pictures! My home town photographs so well. :)

Bertha said...

your photography is stunning as usual. Been wanting to try lemon verbena but couldn't find it anywhere here in California.

hayley said...

Women and food-the combination is never boring! We're all salivating over the extra goodie bag!

Anonymous said...

oooh i could use a good food photography book ;) and those macarons look delightful! :)

TZ said...

I wish I could have been there .. my 2 favorite people in the same place at the same time ... :( I am hopeful maybe next time it will be my turn :) One of these wonderful days I will make a Macaron. Fingers crossed.

Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus said...

I would love to win this goodie bag! Love your book and would love to have a little kit to help with macaroons!

elizabeyta said...

Your posting from Bree's ranch has me considering making macaroons. I think that is the highest compliment.

Pétra said...

It sounds like a magical weekend! I grew up in Oklahoma and seeing the big open plains, while different from the lush Pacific Northwest I live in now, pulls at my heart.
The gift bag would be wonderful I am keeping my fingers crossed!!

jojobeth1 said...

I really want to try this recipe. Your photos look amazing as always

Robyn M. said...

Such gorgeous photos as always! I am inching closer and closer to my first batch of macs -- hope I can come up with these amazing flavors like you do!

DeaH said...

The macaroons look as if they are about the size of an American quarter? Is this correct?

Amanda L.F. said...

We just got back from the south of France - I can't wait to try and recreate some of the macaron flavors we had there. Your recipe looks very precise - I love that you do things by weight rather than volume. It makes it so much easier.

James O said...

Amazing Pictures.......

James O said...

Amazing Pictures.......

Jan S said...

I love your photographs and I would love to have your book! I'm hoping it will help me, don't know that there is much hope, but maybe it will.

sarah said...

I love the purity and simplicity of the shots. The Macaroons are beautiful! Well done!

Orly B. said...

Looks so great. I wish you had a workshop coming soon in Boston.

Chaitali said...

Beautiful pictures as always! Especially loved the shot of Ree in action :)

sarah grace said...

I just love this blog, and since I live in Charleston I love to see you mention it!

Courtney said...

I had been frustrated with making my own macarons for such a long time, until I stumbled upon your site. Your gorgeous photos and wonderful recipes inspired me to keep trying and finally, I have found success! Thank you!

Zach & Erin Ward said...

I can't wait to try these macarons. I miss warm evenings in Provence with a verveine tisane in hand.

Jenna Anderson said...

Looks amazing!

Vivian said...

amazing macarons, as always! wish you'd visit south texas. :) -Viv

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! I can't wait to try making macarons!

Gen said...

Whouah quelles photos époustouflantes! Les macarons sont de vrais petits trésors de gourmandise et de fraîcheur, un délice! Et l'endroit a l'air vraiment charmant.

Emily said...

I've been wanting to use fresh herbs in my sweet baking for a while, these look great!

Chloe Marguerite said...

Helene,

I've been following your blog since 2008 - so nice to see you team up with PW! The macarons are SO beautiful.

Chloe M.

Olga said...

I adore your blog! Thank you very much!

KeyonnaRenea said...

Really wish I could've been apart of the workshop! Looks like it was a blast. I appreciate all you do and share :)

Amita said...

Hi,

You have a gorgeous blog. Pls count me in.

Best,
Amita

Sarah said...

That looks like so much fun! I love the food blogger cameraderie!

Mabel (mabelmeipo@hotmail.com) said...

Coucou Hélène! J'adore lire ton blog et tes photos sont magnifigues! I hope I didn't make too many mistakes here ;-) BTW, I submitted a comment a couple minutes ago but I think it was not successful...

Magdalena Garbarini said...

I loved the colourful Kitchenaids!

Sashquatch said...

I adore your photos so much, especially the one of you all in the kitchen doing your thang :) gorgeous little macarons too!

jen @ marshmallows and margaritas said...

What a lovely trip! And your photos are gorgeous, as usual. I wish I could have been there!

rudie2shoes said...

The class you taught looked amazing. I would have loved to learn from you. Keep up the great work!

maygirl7 said...

I would love to win that extra goodie bag. Lemon verbena macarons sound delicious.

Lisabella said...

This post inspires me to grab my camera and play! Also, to move to the South of France...maybe I can do both!

Bon jour!
Lisa

Marty Kennedy said...

I would love to win a copy of your book, in many ways, you have my dream job! I am fascinated by your use of herbs in the macarons.

Michelle said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time!

Ellie said...

Love your photos-so gorgeous!
And I'm not just saying that because of the giveaway;P

Jenn said...

Glad to see and hear the workshop went well. Beautiful photos as always Helene.

Lea said...

As always - great photos!

Foodie Ann said...

One of my wish list is to attend one of your food styling session...

Jocelyn West said...

Your photos are beautiful and inspiring. Glad to have discovered your blog!

Maggie said...

Oh, I can't wait to try the lemon verbena macs! I have some in my garden just waiting to be picked. Thank you always for you wonderful recipes.

maggie ragaisis

Patty said...

Lovely work as always!

Cindy Martin said...

What a wonderful roadtrip and the macarons look amaaazing! Great idea for a giveaway as well!

Kate said...

What a grand time for everyone! And what a fun thing for some lucky person to win :)

Kendra said...

Thanks for the give-away!! Hearing about that workshop makes me want to take in one too!! :)

Clytie said...

I really do wish I'd be closer to the States, so I could attend one of your workshops, but the blog and your wonderful book will have to do the trick for the time being.
Gorgeous as always.

AnnaeMc said...

I love this! There's no way you could have combined more of my favorite things, unless you also did some painting while you were up there. My sister has been busily photographing my baking, then we get to eat what I've baked :) It's really the best. Thanks for your inspiration!

Namitha said...

Beautiful post. Read about your visit in Ree's blog, I must say that those who could watch you and learn from you were super lucky :-) What a lovely giveaway, would love to win :-)

Adi said...

Thank you for the giveaway! The macs look so deliciously beautiful!

adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

Unknown said...

I wish I had gone to the workshop so badly! It looks like you guys made so many beautiful, food-filled memories.

Louise said...

My herbs are overgrown as well...but that's a fun rather than bothersome problem to have! Maybe you will have some ideas for basil and dill coming up? (Though I'm not sure you cook much with dill?)

-Louise

Otava said...

No wonder the participants had such a wonderful experience!

Bev Weidner said...

Helene, you're adorable. Simply adorable.

Janice said...

How wonderful to 'see a book in action'! You are an inspiration Helene - for your lovely edible creations and stunning photography. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Janet Ellis said...

What a fun weekend. I always find it amazing how strangers can quickly become friends over shared interests. Lovely photos; thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like everyone had a great time. Can't wait to try this recipe.

petoskystone said...

fantastic giveaway. envy the counter space!

petoskystone said...

fantastic giveaway. envy the counter space!

NEST said...

You are so talented! I bought your book, so if I win, I will give it to someone special. The book is amazing, I am learning so much. Thank you!

Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time. I would love to attend one of your workshops one day!

Savanna said...

Love the photos! Great giveaway!

chefmonica@tailoredtaste.net said...

Tried commenting this morning but apparently it didn't "take."

Helene - I'm looking forward to meeting you on Sunday at the workshop you are doing for the US Personal Chef Association.

til then - all the best,
Monica

Elysha said...

I so wish I had won the trip to the ranch for macaron weekend, but the pictures are a great consolation prize. It looks like everyone had such a fun time! And I love your philosophy of pay it forward, it's just how I try to live my own life.

Anonymous said...

Those macaroons looks delicious! Too bad I can't actually eat them through the monitor.

Elizabeth said...

I wanted so badly to win the trip to Oklahoma and can't wait to get your book. Maybe I could win it instead.

http://agirlinherkitchen.blogspot.com

Susan said...

The weekend looked like tons of fun and your recipe for Lemon Verbena macaroons is a must try!

berry lovely said...

That looks like a wonderful workshop. I wish I wouldn't be so far away.

Stephanie said...

I love reading your blog and looking at all the delicious food. Macarons are so yummy!

Nancy @ rivertreekitchen said...

What a terrific workshop. Wish I'd been there.

LittleWit said...

That sounds like an amazing trip. I was sad I couldn't enter in the drawing to attend due to my constantly work schedule. Some day though, I will attend a fun filled cooking weekend.

ann said...

nice post as always..... can't wait to try it!

Crafty in Paradise said...

I'm becoming desperate to try a macaron, and these look particularly divine! Must make, or stalk bakeries until I find them, asap.

RevMcC said...

These look delicious. Your blog inspired to try my hand at macarons this spring. I had only marginal success, but I'm almost ready to try again (once the heat and humidity in my Bklyn apt. abates a little)

Adonna said...

your styling is amazing :-)
your recipes beyond compare!
always so inspiring <3

Jen said...

Wonderful pictures and posts! I found from The Pioneer Woman's site and have really enjoyed looking at all your posts! They are all beautiful.

Brenda Price said...

I am excited to try this recipe. I love macarons oh so much and have never made them myself.

Jeannette said...

Your picture of the big dipper...STUNNING! Made me feel like I was at the ranch with you. I'd love to win your book. Thanks.

gurusishya said...

Love your giveaway...sign me up and hope i am lucky

Anonymous said...

Lemon Verbena Macarons. Sounds delicious and looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

I wish i'd be there! I don't know if i told you this but i looove your kitchenaid!

Mollie said...

Love your blog and I'd love to win!

Cherry said...

Why can't I attend one of your workshops? Maybe because I live in Canada? Hmm...

It's hard to find your book here in the bookstore. I am so looking forward to my trip to the States next week to pick up a copy of it personally!

terri said...

looks like an amazing workshop! any chance you'll come out to the left coast to do one? :)

Marion said...

Wish I had been there.. Thank you for sharing! This kind of reading is the best.

Anonymous said...

I love road trips, yours looks like a great adventure! Thanks for such a great giveway.

Tartepink said...

Hi Helene,

I have your book already and loving it. But an extra copy wouldn't hurt, I can gift it to another foodie :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'm so happy that your trip was such a success! I wanted to stop by, but please don't enter me in the giveaway so someone else can get a copy of your wonderful book.

I already have a well-read, well-worn copy that I love!

Moontaj said...

What a wonderful trip and amazing time you and yours had! I thank you for posting and letting us all in a part of your life.

Nic said...

Glad you had fun, I am so jealous of you meeting Ree.

Tricia said...

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures! I felt like I was there, too!

Mai said...

Macarons looks delicious! I love your blog! XO, Mai

Hugh said...

Thank you for taking the mystery out of egg whites!

Crystal said...

Oh I wish I could have gone to your class - what fun!

Kris said...

You are a brilliant and inspiring woman! Thank you for sharing you knowledge and experience with us.

Beverly said...

What a wonderful way to spend a mini-vacation with your husband... both getting to do the things you love. I enjoyed reading about your experience and look forward to trying out your recipe. Also, thanks for a chance to win - how generous!

MsPepper said...

I LOVE your photography! I also love Ree's ranch and all of her work, I hope that I can keep working to improve my photography and baking so that I can achieve the awesomeness that you two have!

Samantha said...

I think these lemon verbena macaroons look extremely delicious. Your photography is also lovely as well.

I bake fairly often now and although I do not have a blog, I often have friends and family who ask for recipes. I really enjoy sending them photos along with recipes and I have taken several notes from what you do here.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I would have loved that workshop! I am on the list at my local library for your book....

Your pictures are stellar and I bet you had a GREAT time with everyone...I would have enjoyed the great conversations!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! It's so generous of you to use your time and energy to teach others. I'm glad you enjoyed it as well!

Josette Gardiner said...

I'm intrigued by your kitchen aid mixer that looks to be decorated in flowers? is that your crafty effort in decoupage? **inspired

Genevieve said...

I can't wait to try! Once the humidity leaves the east coast, I'll be on it :)

Lindsay said...

I love your photography AND macarons :) I would have loved to have won the weekend at Ree's :) Looks like a great time!

JMW said...

Your photos and Bree's make me wish I was there. Such a fantastic weekend!

Paula - bell'alimento said...

Ah what a dreamy trip! You are ALWAYS so generous with your knowledge & expertise {one of the many things I lurve about you}

Gerry said...

LOVE your photos and can't wait to try the recipe!

Wumpy said...

Wow... What a beautiful entry. Your view of the world, both through the camera and through the lens of your soul, is just stunning. I am taking away a little piece of your sweetness, as it brightened my day, and maybe it will help me brighten someone elses. :)

Debbie said...

I love your blog! I just stumbled on it via firefox. I've made macaroons once, chocolate with ganache and haven't made the time to do another batch. These look perfect for the summer. I would love to take one of your classes... so much I can learn. Merci

Fancy That said...

The workshop looks wonderful. You have inspired me to try yet again to master the perfect macaron and I even get to use lemon verbena from my garden. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall at the workshop to gleen some of the finesse of the macarons and shooting them. The goody bag would be a great substitute.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.

MAK

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are so live, I almost smelt the lemon verbena.
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Amber said...

I wish I could grow lemon verbena where I live. *Sigh* The store bought stuff will just have to do.

Amie said...

Helene, your photos are simply beautiful. I've never had a macaron, but they look so delishious in your pics that I will have to give your recipe a try!

Linda said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Jill said...

Your book looks wonderful :-)

Consider the Lilies said...

You make me want to plan another road trip fast! Look forward to seeing more of those archived photos!

Alison said...

Looks like you had a great time, Helene. The giveaway looks fabulous! Not to mention the gorgeous macaron pictures!(:

Messy Kitchen, Frazzled Cook said...

Thank you for these photos....amazing as always. I kept picturing myself in the photo!!!

momyhrt said...

What a lovely gathering! Wish I was there!

Debbie said...

I just stumbled onto your blog via firefox. I love. I've made chocolate macaroons once and can't wait to try making these. Which I could take one of your workshops. I could learn a lot. Merci!

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