Lemon Verbena Macarons, Sharing Passions & A Giveaway!

Sunday, 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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sweetswithcindy said...

I love using Lemon Verbena in baking. Its great idea to use it with macarons! Opens my eyes to the different herbs I can use! Thanks!

Hettar7 said...

It's so nice to see a recipe that uses Lemon Verbena. I have a patch of it out front and have been looking for ways to incorporate it into my cooking. And one day, one day, I will attempt macarons. You make it look so easy. Glad the weekend was a success for you.

Angela said...

When reading your blog I feel like Alice in Wonderland, entering a world of magic and undiluted pleasure. Through your curious lens and animated descriptions, the marvels, stillness and intimacy are mine to share as well.

Your food is beautiful, your "eye" a delight! I always enjoy the journey.

Angela

Tara C said...

Your blog is so inspiring to both the foodie and the photog in me -- I'll be making macaroons and photographing them asap!

SC said...

"Memories already making room in our hearts and bumping around in our heads." Love love that and MACARONS!

Rachel said...

Oh gosh, it is one of my wishes to be in your workshop. Maybe one day it will happen!
sweetcreationsbyrt@gmail.com

haybay9 said...

As messy a baker as I am, an apron would be a godsend.

amberzac said...

must make these cookies!!

Jacob's Kitchen said...

What a fun trip! And another stunning as always! Really, you are such an inspiration and everything that you do is just jaw-dropping. It just so happens that I have a huge crop of lemon verbena this summer... so I will definitely be giving these a try, though mine surely will be no where near as beautiful as yours I'm sure. =)

Chelsy Ethridge said...

Looked like a marvelous macaron weekend! I tried to make macarons with a raspberry macaron filling last week and I failed. I don't know if it is the humidity here in Texas that ruined my cookies, or the fact that I didn't have a proper piping bag. I would love to give it another shot!

Christine said...

I love your passion.

Larissa said...

The workshop looked wonderful! I am looking forward to making my first batch of macarons!

Andi said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time! The macarons look delicious-I'll have to try this flavor.

Bakers Market said...

Helene, you are such an inspiration to me with your witty words, eye-candy photos and energetic self. Please continue your awesomeness.

Jolly said...

Hope you can stop by New York and have both the macaron & photo workshops! =) I am inspired to get started with my own food blog and learn how to use the camera to shoot my creations.

Cynthia said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. I can't wait to try the macarons recipe.

Emma said...

I have been looking at your book for a while now - it looks wonderful! Love you photographs & love your recipes :) xox

Ginger G said...

... not going on a vacation so following your blog to OK was fun. My lemon verbena is ready, willing and able!

Ktnguyen said...

What a lovely entry! Have enjoyed reading your entries and being inspired by your effortlessly elegant dishes and styling for quite some time...takes me away from the current hustle/bustle of NYC life that prevents me from doing much cooking lately...definitely plan on making more macarons once the heat (and this busy season) passes.

Ktnguyen said...

what a lovely entry! always so inspired by your effortlessly elegant cooking. can not wait for this busy (and hot) season to pass in nyc so i can make more macarons!

Virtual Frolic said...

mmm Lemon Verbena is the best!

sarah @ pao e queijo said...

So jealous of those who attended! I would have loved to have been there :)

sarahepardee(at)gmail(dot)com

Sky said...

Looks like the workshop was tons of fun. Any chance you'll be offering one on the west coast any time soon? I would love to master the art of macarons!!!

shopper says so. said...

Oh, how i love lemon verbana...and macarons...and here they are together at last! So beautiful...

StephanieFrey said...

Thanks for sharing your weekend with us. Sounds glorious! Love your work!

The Urban Poser said...

LOVE to make macarons and I am just about to buy my first camera. The book would really come in handy!

Candid Whisperer said...

Wow... I wish I was part of that special group learning about things I never have courage to pick up on my own without hands-on guidance. :-)

Karen White said...

I hope this will be my chance to get a head start on macaron baking!

Tamara said...

it looks like you had a great time at the ranch with Ree and other guests. I am anxious to read your "Demystifying Macarons" and trying them out for myself :)

Shanks said...

Gorgeous looking macrons and shots!! If only you could clone yourself and start these workshops in Australia - I'm a huge fan!! :)

Mary Kate said...

Your macarons, and photography, are flawless. What a fun workshop!

Kris said...

Hi,
Fantastic blog, I haven't been able to explore it in it's fullness (having only just discovered it), but I can say it's wonderful to find artisan food free from gluten. While I'm not gluten intolerant myself, my wife has chosen that pathway for health reasons (being an avid baker you can imagine my distress when she suggested the lifestyle change a few months ago!) Turns out it wasn't the end of all life (as you well know...) Once you understand the basics and get your hands on specific ingredients - anything is possible! Anyway, I tried your macaroons out (thanks for having ingredients in metric as well as imperial by the way) and it was kind of a flop - they were too coloured on top, yet still not set in the centre. What do you think? did I make them too large or did I not fold them enough? Also, I tried your chocolate and pear cakes (in loaf form) from September 2009 - that is by far the most divine batter I've ever made. I almost wanted finish it off before it made the oven. Gave an incredibly soft, fluffy cake that wasn't overly dark which makes it more suitable for the masses. Fantastic.

Sleep late..... dream more said...

I love looking through your gorgeous pictures! Inspiring.

Claire said...

Great recipe! I have so many lemons, and this is a wonderful way to use them. Your photos continue to be beautiful as always, as well as your writing.

paws said...

The weekend making macarons and learning food photography sounds divine! I must try macarons as soon as I track down some powdered food coloring. Thank you for the chance to win!!

koohiiteasheri said...

Those macarons look divine!

Amanda said...

wish i could have been there!

D said...

Cream cheese in the filling? Who would have thought. I'm going to give the filling recipe a try the next time I make macarons!!

Dani said...

Everything looks amazing as always. Love your pictures!

Jessica said...

It is such a dream of mine to attend a workshop like you did. Cooking and photography are my favorite things to do to occupy my free time as a college student. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity for this giveaway!

jcpoo said...

i love your blog and would love to try my hand at making macarons one day! i've tasted my first one a few weeks ago and fell in love!

Lotem said...

That lookss amazing!

Rosa said...

I saw the pictures of your workshop on Ree's blog, and I immediately had to bookmark your blog as well. The lemon verbena macarons look delicious, and I plan to try making them soon.

Joyce said...

Hi Helen!
I enjoyed reading your blog about your trip. It's really nice when you get to share the same passion with other people. I admire your heart to share your talent and time and I hope I was there to experience it. But I just want to say, reading your blogs have already made me feel your excitement, your joy and your passion in baking, cooking, and being with your friends and families. May God bless your talents and skills so that you may do more things that will surprise you and overwhelm you and so that more people will be blessed with your life.

9patchnurse said...

Oh my! What an adventure. I am aching to try making Macarons and I love, love, love lemon!

Jill said...

What an amazing trip! I need to pick up a copy of your book...your pictures are always so beautiful!

hthr said...

i'm not sure it gets better than baking and photographing the process/results!

Christine B. said...

I always enjoy your work, such lovely photos. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Michelle Joyce said...

So inspiring!

Jeri Lynn said...

So sweet - and the cookies, too ;) Lemon verbena is our current favorite from the garden - it makes a great iced tea. Now I must try it with these cookies! Thanks, Helene

Ashley said...

looks like you had a blast!

Kate said...

Although very intimidated at the thought of making them myself, I LOVE macarons and every time you post about them I really really really want to make them! I'm thinking it will have to happen sometime soon.....

Thanks for being such an inspiration!

colette j said...

sounds lovely and looks beautiful. i love exploring in every sense.

jef said...

A mac conference?! That sounds like it could be fun. Even though I can make them, I'd still like to play around at a conference. Any chance of you coming out to the west coast?

Stella said...

The macarons look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

Toni said...

i would have *loved* to be a part of that weekend!!! i'm also very inspired to try my hand at macarons!

Astrid said...

Beautiful post! I hope the illness in the family you mentioned is nothing serious.

Edda said...

Helene,

I am a new fan of your blog but I am already "addicted" to your recipes and photos. "From Plate to Pixel" has been on my book list since I saw it in your blog.
I am also addicted to macarons... Lemon verbena sounds like a wonderful flavour (Erba Luisa or Limoncella we call it in Italy) so I can't wait to try your macaron recipe! I wished I lived in the USA to participated in one of macaron/photography classes! Two of my passions combined into one!
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for cooking and photography.
Ciao from Italy Edda

Sonia said...

I love your picts. :)
Enjoy sonia

Wiosanna said...

I like the kitchen so much, it's lovely

Maya said...

Looks like you had fabulous time. Love the countryside and Ree's kitchen...

Marina Mott said...

This post is amazing!! Everything wonderful!!! xx

MandyM said...

Looks like you had an amazing time on the workshop!

lo81 said...

These macarons are absolutely gorgeous!!

Mariya said...

:-)) Beautiful food, beautiful people !

Thank you for the giveaway !

The Lady Nomad said...

Wish I had won a spot to be there, it looks as if it was an amazing weekend!

Phoebe said...

Actual tears are streaming down my eyes. I don't know if it's because I'm jealous that i wasn't there or because I'm touched of what you've written. Mostly I think it's because through your photos and your words I really feel like I also had the chance to meet you, and that's priceless for me. Thank you!

nita said...

Wonderful shots, as always. I'm so jealous of the people that made it to the workshop :)

Elizabeth said...

The macarons look divine...going to make this weekend!

Mina said...

I am so in love with each of your photos (I have seen) - your food styling and photography technique is unique!! I will anyway get a copy of your book, but :) a signed copy would be like a dream come true!!!

tj said...

...Yes, please. And thank you. :o)

...Lovely post with lovely photos, as always.

...Blessings :o)

SkittleSkattle said...

I live in the South of France now and enjoy reading your blog! I bought my first macaron today and thought of you! Cheers.

Ilke said...

I loved reading about the weekend both here and Ree's site! Sounds like you guys had so much fun learning, trying, bonding! Maybe I get to be a part of it after the fact with the extra bag :)

jelena said...

Always inspirational! Wish you could do a workshop in Athens, Greece as well!!

Esther @ "Keep Calm and Cook More" said...

Am I too late? I hope not! Will you even read my comment? I hope so!
I live in little Hobart town, Tasmania, Australia. I went to the boom shop the other day for a food photography cook book- and alas... they had none! The googled options for me and yours came up! BUT it can not be ordered in for another few months...??
I would love love to get my hands on your book- I have so much to learn still.
But, could you please just answer me a photography/blog question? I make my photos larger for my blog posts, and the quality is lost. They become murky and pixelated. No-one else blog seems to do this, and I am wondering why. I don't want my images to be small like they are when uploaded.... Any tips/advice greatly needed!!
Love your blog! Thankyou! :)

Alicia said...

Beautiful post- I love a good macaroon! Passion fruit are my favorite. :)

Beth Crouthamel said...

What a fabulous post, and the pictures are amazing!!!! I really MUST get a copy of your book. :)

Yoko Morgan said...

awesome pics!

Janet said...

Helene, Your work is just beautiful. Can't imagine how much fun was had on the ranch with Ree!

Sara said...

beautiful. i can smell the verbena from here in sunny florida.

Sarah said...

Seeing how creative all of your macaron flavors are gave me the inspiration to start experimenting with my own! My favorite so far was to crush up freeze dried raspberries and add them to the meringue and fill with dark chocolate ganache.

Regina said...

I love your photos and recipes! Thanks for sharing such a great blog!

Lavendar said...

I do so love your photography! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks like it was a wonderful time. I'm envious!

-Teri
counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

Lexi said...

Helene,

Your trip looked quite wonderful and exciting! I love reading your blog, browsing through your pictures, and your recipes are to die for. Thank you for the give away!

Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous weekend! Such joy and inspiration.

Dana said...

Coming over from Ree's blog and I'm hooked already. Food photography is one of my favorite hobbies. It combines my two loves: cooking and my camera!
I just bought your book on Amazon but I'd love that signed copy!

Elida K said...

Stunning! My 6 year old son and I bake all the time and now I have macarons on the list! Many thanks!

keelis said...

I think I need to learn to make macarons right away. I ate one for the first time two weeks ago in "The City" (New York) and haven't stopped thinking about them since. Reading about your workshop just sealed the deal for me.

Caitlin F. said...

Would love to have a goodie bag!

Janine said...

Looks like everyone is having a great time! What an opportunity for everyone involved.

Claire Lavelle said...

Helene, You inspire me to keep on going with my photography. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica said...

I just discovered your blog today as I was looking up food photography tips! I am amazed by your photography and your recipes look delicious! I would love to win your giveaway, and if I don't, I will probably buy your book anyway, but a signed copy would be fantastic!

Cady Tucker said...

Well I'm not much of a cook, but I would love your book on photographing food. That I can learn!

So jealous for Ree's kitchen.
Cady T

cady.tucker@hotmail.com

medora said...

I stumbled upon your blog while searching for a lemon cupcake, and your limoncello cupcakes were a delicious surprise! I have fallen in love with your blog, and would love to share your food photo book with my sister-in-law, a new face to the food bloging world :D

ChichaJo said...

What a wonderful journey...one day I am going to go to one of these classes! Not just for the techniques but for the wonderful camaraderie :) Lovely, lovely!

And those macarons...beautiful!

Debbie W said...

Lovely photography....your food styling is stunning...especially the lemon verbenna macarons! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win the goodie bag.

Kelly S said...

The macaroons look amazing. Do you ever come to Northern California for workshops?

Dvora said...

Your pictures are always wonderful - I would love to take shots half as good. And make macarons that look that beautiful, too!

Gina said...

I can't wait to make these macarons! Winning would just be icing on the cake :)

Kepa said...

I wish I could attend your macaron workshop too...

Anna said...

I love you blog and also live in SC so understand the humidity. I also love the Ree and her blog but have never tried a macaron. I will have to try my hand at them with your great instructions.

Jenny said...

Ree's house is so beautiful! I'm in Wyoming, so ranch life is familiar to me as well. Hope you are having a nice week! jen@kartingwyoming.com

Nancy said...

I wish I had been there... sounds like a perfect weekend!

Dana Unger said...

Looks like it was a great time and this is a great giveaway!I'm especially excited about the powdered food coloring kit - can't wait to use them on my next batch of macarons! ;)

Dana Unger said...

Looks like it was a great time and this is a great giveaway!I'm especially excited about the powdered food coloring kit - can't wait to use them on my next batch of macarons! ;)

Nina said...

I am always amazed by your food and pictures. You have inspired me to write my own blog and keep on learning in the kitchen!

Kelly @ Kell's Kitchen said...

Seems you had a great time! Think I would love these macarons! Thanks for this giveaway.

Rachel S. said...

You make everything look so easy! I would love to try these.

Emily said...

This class looked amazing! Wish I could have been there.

Liesl said...

Such a lovely blog - inspirational! Thank you..

妮妮 said...

Those macarons look delectable!

Jessica said...

Looks like a delectable class - and yet another mouth-watering recipe to take in! Please count me in for the giveaway.

Piszke said...

Lemon verbena reminds me my favourite L'Occitane scent, too :)

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

I would love a chance to win that book and goodies. I also need to make these macarons. I've been itching to try them out and these ones sound perfect.

Kacie
http://www.acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/
kacieblogs@yahoo.com

Annie Foulger said...

such a great prize bag! your adventures look as exhilarating as your plates. love reading and learning!!

Kim said...

I am somewhat of a new follower, but have fallen in love with your blog. I am always waiting anxiously for your newest post and as soon as I see the email - I stop whatever it is I am doing to open it! Thank you for sharing!

Win O. said...

Helene,

I have been following your blog for about a year now. I love your food photographs. I have done other photography but not quite successful in food photography. They never look good. Keep up with good work! A side note, is it possible to post some technical details such as, ISO, shutter and aperture on photos?

Thank you.

Win O.

theballroom said...

Looks like an amazing trip and delicious treats!

Karen said...

The class looks like fun!

heatherly said...

You should get a kickback from Sportello (a cafe here in Boston) because every time I read your blog I am off to buy one of their macarons! Someday I will have a more predictable oven that holds a full cookie sheet and will make my own.

Kaitlin said...

I'm so glad that the workshop went well. It looks like you had fun!

Polina O. said...

I love love love your blog. Gorgeous pictures, and scrumptious recipes! Always giving me inspiration for my own creations at home. I've recently began to eat gluten-free and your blog shows me that I still indulge my sweet tooth!

Samantha said...

Those macarons look delicious! As does everything else on your site of course.

RTF said...

your blog is amazing. I am a mom of two and it inspires me to bake for them -and for me. You encourage me to take a moment. Thank you.

Marylynn said...

What an awesome American adventure! Your photos are beautiful. They make me want eat things I don't like!

Cherie said...

I must try these macarons - lemon verbena has taken over 1/4 of my front yard !!

JMM said...

Love all the lemon verbena you use...such an amazing scent and taste.

becky v said...

I found you through The Pioneer Woman...OH how I wish I could have been at the ranch to see you work. I've just started making macaroons and your site is an amazing resource!! You make it look so easy. I'm also working on my food photography, so, again, I'm learning from you!!
Thank you!
Becky www.preparingforpeanut.com

Pedersens said...

I loved reading about your workshop on both your and Ree's blogs. It sounded (and looked) wonderful. I would LOVE to have been there! Please keep sharing your special gifts.

Unknown said...

The macaroons look delicious (and I bet they smell all lemony). I can't wait to try out this recipe.

sprite said...

Yum! Lemon verbena sugar cookies are amazing, so I can only imagine how good the herb would taste in macarons.

Alli C said...

Came over after seeing you on Pioneer Woman! So excited to see that making macarons doesn't have to be intimidating! These are next up on my to-do list!

Lindsey said...

The weekend at the ranch looked amazing! I entered and hoped I would win off Ree's site : )

Pat in Oak Ridge said...

Helene, I loved seeing your post of your weekend with Ree, and I was so sorry that I didn't win the weekend trip. I love your blog and her blog and check both on a regular basis, like daily. Thank you for you beautiful photos. Pat Deems

Jenn A said...

Toujours ravie de lire ton blog!

Zoe said...

Reading your blog is calming and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your French gastronomic background with us!

Sulli said...

Both my husband and I love your blog. I love to putter in the kitchen, and he loves photography. Your blog is truly a treat for the eyes and tastebuds!

southernspoonbelle said...

So fun to see you 'in action' in this post, and I love the warmth and energy the pictures capture of what looks like a memorable gathering.

I have so enjoyed reading your blog and admiring your photos-- I have started up a food blog of my own and am in desperate need of help for my photos. I would just eat up a copy of 'Plate to Pixels'! Thanks for the giveaway and for your inspiring work!

SouthernSpoonBelle

Sreelu said...

promise to give your grab bag a beautiful home :)

Audie said...

I have yet to make macarons but hopefully my morning sickness will pass soon and I'll feel like trying them out!

raedi said...

I love reading your blog, the wonderful people that are at each of your workshops show such excitement. One day I hope to be there too, camera in hand… the photography and food is just incredible. I had hoped to be able to do the ranch in OK… not to be this time. Thanks for the wonderful give-a-way. It is perfect….RaeDi

Justina said...

Ah I love all your macarons! I've tried making them the way you make them but they never come out right. I tried them the italian syrup way and they come out okay. I must master the macaron technique! :)

Lottie said...

Since I live in Germany I'd really love to have your book or to be able to cook the things you cook and bake but a lot of the stuff you use is not buyable here!

I'm also into photography but I need more knowledge about food photography cause i'm interested in it a lot!

Beth said...

Amazing blog, amazing talent. Thanks for being one of my daily inspirations!

Maryanne said...

I would never think to pair herbs with sweet. You are just amazing!

Foodiebia said...

Beautiful post, as always. It's great to see pictures of photographers taking their own photos.

PaulaW said...

Beautiful pictures. Inspired me to take pictures of my own macaron making efforts. I have not have a failed batch yet following your instructions. Thank You.

valerie said...

oh macarons! my current oven won't allow me to make any (so many manyyyy batches ruined!)

but someday maybe!

Joy said...

I have always loved you work.

AK said...

I was guided to your site after a fellow baker friend of mine heard me talk about 'how difficult it is to make macarons'. He said your recipe was so right on that his intern used it for her first time making macarons, and they came out perfectly. Can't wait to try it!! Your work is a reflection of you... beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Very inspiring! I hope to read your book.

Petra said...

would have loved to attend. do you also plan to give workshops in europe? thanks for these inspiring posts! best regards from bavaria

Heidi said...

looks like it was devine weekend and devine kitchen to be in!

Momof1 said...

I've been wanting to try to make macarons, this recipe looks delectable!

Momof1 said...

this recipe looks delectable! Thanks for posting it!

Living Inspired said...

wow, you went to Pioneer Woman country! that's so cool. I recognized her house from the blog. :)

Lucia said...

Not in time for the giveaway, I just wanted to tell you how glad I am everytime I hear someone passionate about their life and job. Earth needs passion. Heart needs passion. We need passion. Thanks.

Vicki Bensinger said...

Wish I'd known you were driving through St Louis, I would have had you over for lunch, dinner or dessert.

Jenny Tan said...

Beautiful pictures and the class looks so fun and exciting! Maybe someday you'll have one here in Oregon. Anyway, one question: the picture where you were talking with your hands...the flowers motives on the Tangerine KA really caught my eyes, may I know how that was done? I'd love to spice up my mixer too!! What a cool idea! Just love it!

miwi said...

great blog! great photos! great food!
I found this blog by chance: I'll stay connect :)
Greetings from Florence!

Nico said...

Thank you for such lovely macaroon recipes ! I am a culinarian so for me to do anything in regards to baking and pastry is a big thing !!
but with your recipe( after 5 tries with other recipes) I finally got it right !!! and they turned out lovely :)

tableofcolors said...

Your instructions for making the macarons were very specific and they turned out just perfect, Thank you!

annahojnilede said...

hi..i was wondering if i can just use already ground almonds instead and if so do i use the same amount of it?like 110grams of ground almond?

Helene said...

anna: yes, same amount of ground almonds. It's by weight not by volume so the amounts don't change.

Evelyn said...

Hi Helen,

May I know, if I were to use almond flour instead of almonds, would it still be 110g? :)

Thanks! Really great and helpful post :)

Helene said...

Evelyn: yes you can and in the same amount.
Good luck!

yeisha ruiz said...

These look great!-Hope to someday attend one of your workshops!!!! ---what exactly are you doing on the seventh picture from the top? are you "painting" the macarons ---if so, with what?

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