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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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots said...

What a spectacular weekend! Your photos are gorgeous, as usual. Love it! :-) Thanks for the giveaway Helene! Yay!

Lisa H. said...

LOVE all the gadgets, sights and experience your pictures show.
Definitely a great time at the workshop!

Jean Bair Davis said...

This is one of my favorite posts of yours! I was able to travel the country with you in my mind. Can't wait to try your macaron recipe. I would die to win your goodie bag! XoxoxoxoJean PS - Your photo of the horses melted my butter!!!!

Mikki said...

These look great, and I wish I could have been there at the conference!
coeur.de.verre@hotmail.co.uk

Sakura said...

This looked like an awesome workshop!

Caro Peguero said...

beautiful post! the pictures of saint louis made me especially giddy as i'm heading back up there for my last year of college in just a couple of weeks.

Jen C. said...

Wow, everything looks so gorgeous! It's so wonderful that you are able to do what you love and that you appreciate it so much. Thanks for sharing your joy with us!!

square kitchen said...

what an atmospheric post. love all the colors, ambiance, writing. have a wonderful sunday.

A Thought For Food said...

Macarons are on my bucket list of things to make this year and yours are such inspiration! Looks like you had a fabulous time... But how could you not with all those wonderful people around?

Kate said...

That must have been such an incredible experience for everyone involved! What a great giveaway package, too - the attedees were very lucky!

Shulie said...

Ooh definitely interested in the book as I just got a new camera and as I am exploring it would be nice to have a a food photography guide along side it.:P

Jenny said...

You are a macaron inspiration. :)

Jody said...

Stunning photos!!

MikeVFMk said...

Beautiful. Wish I could have been there to experience every moment. Loved that you and your husband had the chance to connect through travel and he had the chance to see you in your element, with the light shining bright.

karen said...

I've been so inspired by your blog, Helene, that I've ventured into sweet and savory tarts for the first time ever. Starting with library cookbooks. Here's a rustic peach tart - http://twitpic.com/5w36fd

So many wonderful things to enjoy here. Thank you for the lovely giveaway, too!

karen

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

I so wanted to win that trip, but I just couldn't make those dates work. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all! I *need* this book!

Brandy said...

Would love the goodies! Thanks for the macaroon recipe!

Karen @ Goofy Can Cook said...

Love all of your photographs, those macaroons look delicious! :D Love your giveaway package.

XanderJL said...

wow beautiful photos taken

Margaret said...

That looks and sounds like such a great time! I'd love to try making macarons. :)

Bunnee said...

I made macarons once for Daring Bakers - neither the cookie nor the picture was as perfect as yours! But I think it was successful because I just did it, on my own, for the first time. Posts like yours encourage and inspire us to try!

Gerdy said...

What a great giveaway ;)...looks like an awesome workshop. wish i were part of them :)

la domestique said...

What a wonderful trip! My garden is full of lemon verbena too, thanks for the macaroon inspiration.

lynne said...

Oh! I can't wait to make this!

Kate said...

Oh, what fun! A roadtrip and macarons? (Which have always scared the begeezus out of me! Someday...)

Commander "Yarn"sinia Pestis said...

That sounds amazing. I love making macarons with my brother (it's one of the few things he'll do with me :P ). Thanks for the give-away! ^_^

Marcela said...

I love your words in this and the past post, they make me feel as if I was there, road travelling along with you. Thank you.

Olivia said...

Mmmm...lemon verbana...never thought of that for macarons! But where can I find lemon verbana? Awesome work!

Juli said...

You are as lovely as you are talented. Thank you for offering the giveaway.

Morwenna Hill said...

A wonderful post as always! It was lovely to see your travels and everyone looks so immersed in your class, I so wish I was there!
Thank you for being such an inspiration.
Morwenna

Kate said...

Macarons are still on my to make list and I've yet to find enough courage to tackle them! Too bad I missed the ranch workshop, it looks like a great time!

Crumbs N Crust said...

What an awesome workshop ! Wish I could attend !

Love your shots... As always =)

Thank you for your giveaways.

Blessings
Christine

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

What a lovely and heartfelt post. I always find that spending time on the road with someone you love is quite inspiring to the soul. The long talks or the comfortable silence are worth every second. Your trip sounds delightful.

Irena B said...

Great pics, as always :)

Callie Grayson said...

amazing post! What an incredible workshop... and give away!
xx
callie
www.calliegrayson.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

You do make it all look easy peasy! The trip to the ranch, macaron workshop and photography workshop look like a dream. I would LOVE the goodie bag.

Could you share the brand of powered food color your use, so even if I don't win I can look into it? Thank you, Helene and enjoy home.

athena said...

lovely post, helene. wish i could've been there on the ranch to learn from you! and you must have read my mind ;) i am determined to make macarons this year and would love to win your giveaway. thanks so much for the chance! janda03 at gmail dot com

Angela T said...

Wow wow! That's yet another one awesome and fulfilling trip you had!! Thanks for sharing. Hope I'll get a chance to participate in such a workshop soon.

p/s: It's hot and humid here 365 days a year in Singapore. :S
Looking forward to your autumn creations soon! :)

Jo said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, looks like a wonderful and relaxing time had by all, the macarons delish! :)

KirstieBirstie said...

Those macarons look delicious, and the photos are so pretty as usual!

Cheryl Smithem said...

Helene, the photos are amazing. I love the one of the nuzzling horses in the vast landscape. A metaphor for Ree and her husband? Reading how you give so much to those who come to your workshops speaks to your passion. I know that everyone came away infused with the same joie de vivre that you brought and nurtured with them.

Melissa ~ Dash of east said...

What an amazing workshop and experience for everyone who got to attend! I wish I could've been there, but I'm glad that I'm getting to experience some of it through your words and photos.

One day I'll be able to take a workshop from you, Helene! In the meantime, I'm going to keep learning from your wonderful book :)

Heidi / foodiecrush said...

We all thank you for paying it forward, sharing your expertise in both photography and food styling.

The verbena macarons look like pillows of heaven, I may have to don my baking apron, gather my courage and give them a whirl.

Thanks Helen for always inspiring.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice said...

I'd love to give that goodie bag a home :)

lifeasiknowit said...

you and your photography are constant sources of inspiration for me. continued gratitude for sharing your self and your art.

drmeglet said...

Sounds like a lovely experience with travel, people, and places. I have not yet tried to make macarons, and the lemon verbena sounds lovely.

Irene said...

Oh, I'm in :) Thank you for this giveaway!

leeksoup said...

Just beautiful! This recipe entices me to finally take on macaroons. I just love the idea of using fresh lemon verbena!

Donna said...

What a wonderful journey! I have never made a Macaron but I am going to give it a try. They look too delicious and so pretty. Thank you for the inspiration!

Coffee Breaks said...

I purchased Plate to Pixel recently and am so eager to begin learning to take lovely photos! A friend and I tried making macarons recently with no success, I'm eager to try again!

Cindy

Sylvia said...

Beautiful...

One of these days I will be brave enough to make macarons. Does humidity affect them?

Julie Legg Photo said...

I would love to win your grab bag and drool over your beautiful photography at my leisure. :-) Thanks for the offer.

Leah said...

oh i would love to read your book! your photographs are beautiful :)

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

What a lovely photoessay. I love road trips for the catch up time they afford -- it's like the space around you opens up space inside you too!

Joy of Living said...

You write such a wonderful blog. Thanks for a splash of beauty today!

Laviza Shariff said...

thanks for sharing your beautiful memories with such gorgeous pictures.....the giveaway sounds great and I would put it to good use ;)

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

What a wonderful recap of your trip and last weekend!

notyet100 said...

Ummm macaroons lok so yum ....

La Shell said...

What a lovely post. I could only aspire to take as lovely photographs as you and Ree.

vicuska said...

I like your blog. :) Delicious food and beautiful photos.

The macarons look really good!

BoogaJ said...

I can't wait to try making macarons -- especially now that we are gluten free. What a great gluten free treat!

Dee said...

Thank you so much for your generous spirit in information sharing and giving of yourself. I don't know you personally but it is evident that you have a beautiful heart! On my bucket list is to be able to one day participate in one of your combination macaron making/photography classes! Ciao, Dee

jennalundeen said...

I so desperately wanted to go to the Lodge, but I knew about the contest too late to enter. :( I'm so very glad that you enjoyed yourself, and I hope you go back to visit Ree again at some point!

Libby said...

Those macaroons look delicious! I foresee a late-night baking project {it's much too hot to cook in the day right now!}. Your photography too is fantastic.

Georgina said...

Thanks for sharing more stories and photos from your weekend at Ree's! The workshop looked like so much fun!

KG3 said...

I must say, I am a bit envious of those who attended. I've only tasted my own macarons, which have definitely been more miss than hit. I hope one day to learn at the feet of the master. Until then, these beautiful photographs will have to do.

MICHELLE JENSEN said...

I've given macarons a try before and have been unsuccessful......Still not going to give up. Looks like a great trip and the photographs are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fabulous goody bag.

Misty said...

Lovely shots as always! That trip looks like it was fun.

:)

elizabeth said...

what a blessing to have the life you have! well done...

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I'd love to hear more about your apron. Does it just wrap around your waist several times? It's pretty!

Mo @ mofunkdesignsblog said...

I am always so inspired by your amazing photography. I love your blog and seeing your adventures. Thanks for sharing.

Dori said...

Oh! I have lemon verbena in my garden needing a trim. I shall make macarons! Thank you for this lovely recipe. And yes, I would love to win your goody bag! : )

Mim said...

Beautiful post!
And I've never made macarons so maybe I need to start! Can't wait to read your book.

coachwife6 said...

Sounded like a lovely, fun, fulfilling weekend.

Chris @ The Dragonfly Woman said...

I would LOVE to have a copy of your book, but I can't wait to try the macaron recipe too. Love the blog!

Hanna said...

Those macarons looks very yummy!

Kati said...

What a fun workshop!! And perfect refreshing summer flavors... :)

Cathy said...

I used to live in St. Louis, so it's nice to see you took pictures there. And I'd love to try those macarons. The neighbors have some lemon verbena that I'm sure they'd share.

Elena said...

Sounds you had a amazing time together. Mmm ...I love Macarons, and making them even if I'm still a novise.

Kristin said...

Those Macaroons look amazing! Someday I will dedicate the time to try and make some!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

It was a treat to "virtually" go along with you to the ranch and experience what it was like giving this workshop. Lemon verbena macarons sound wonderful for the summertime.

Jenny said...

Helene, you've inspired me to try my hand at making macarons! Thank you for the wonderful tutorials!

Kelly Edm said...

That sounds like a wonderful weekend, and trip across our beautiful nation. I would love a copy of your book as I believe you really are an inspiration in not only food and photos, but life. Thank you for sharing all that you do!

cowgirlchef said...

Wow Tartelette! I love looking at your blog and recognizing one of my favorite bloggers in the background. I knew where you were when I saw photos of horses, and then you mentioned Oklahoma. What a fun weekend that must have been! And I first found you through Zen Can Cook, but today saw your link on sticky fingers! Isn't food just the greatest connector of like minds? I am looking forward to seeing your book!

healthyforbetter said...

Wow the macaroons make me drool! Nothing speaks better than your pictures.

Eva said...

Gorgeous photos!

onescrappychick said...

Oh how delicious looking. I wish my daughter didn't have a tree nut allergy.. I'd love to give them a try.

Brianne said...

I've been working up the courage to make macarons for a couple of months, but just haven't gotten there yet. Instead, I'm working on my food photography and getting to know my camera better! I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend and that you were able to make a long trip out of it!

Kethrim said...

Je suis siiiii jalouse! Je n'avais pas l'opportunité d'entrer le giveaway. Peut-être vous pouvez avoir un week-end comme ça encore un jour?

Eva said...

Gorgeous photos!

sarahe said...

so jealous of that weekend! it looks like a blast!

msburkett said...

So enjoyed your pictures and narrative. Glad you survived our Oklahoma summer heat!

Marcia

Tiffany said...

Wow your workshop looks like it was a great success and on a beautiful sunny day. Wish I could have been there! I have a blog and would love to make my photos of food as beautiful as yours, so I'd really love to win your giveaway :)

Bites of Sweetness said...

What a wonderful time it must have been! I so wish I could have been there. Beautiful macarons too!

Emily said...

Mmm macaroons are one of those things that I'd love to be able to make, but they seem so delicate. Lemon verbena sounds like a wonderful flavor!

Mrs. G said...

Sounds like you all had a great time.

spacedlaw said...

I have lonely egg whites and tons of verbena int he garden. I am SO making those. Thanks.

Sandra said...

What beautiful pictures. I'm a new cook/baker and the idea of making macarons scary me, but they look so lovely. Maybe one day I will try them.

MissPetiteTreat said...

The rodeo sounds fun! I think mutton bustin' is my favorite to watch!

His said...

Beautiful post (yet again) I would love to win a signed copy of that book, I've been looking for it for a while, but wasn't able to find it yet.

Alice C-T said...

Helene, I love your photography and your Macaron photos and recipes especially! A chance to win a goody bag that includes you book plus Macaron supplies?? Count me in!!

Anna said...

I would love to win! My husband and I shared a macaron yesterday. As we were eating it, he said "you could probably make something better than this." I might have to try to prove him right now.

{natalie} said...

What a great weekend you had. I wish I could have been at the ranch for your workshop. I love that you share your passion with us all.

Allyson said...

It looks like it was a fun trip! As always, the photos are gorgeous.

Karen said...

beautiful. Pretty great about all the connections made through food and love.

Amy said...

What a wonderful workshop with great people and memories making! Really wish I could be there for the experience and to learn from the expert! Oh well....I'm still glad that you've share this wonderful workshop on your blog with us, thank you. :) I would love for a chance to win this goodie bag, especially because your book is in it! Keeping my fingers crossed.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

rahel said...

I have loads of lemon-verbena growing in the garden and love the fresh flavor. It must have been exciting to join your workshops in this wonderful place. Of course I would be more than happy to win your give-away... :o)

Jenni Bailey said...

I love goodies! The kind that come in bags are especially wonderful. :)

anne said...

I am going to try to make these! Thank you!

Colette said...

These macarons sound awesome!I got a lemon verbena plant (hierbaluisa we call it in Spain...God knows why?) and it's growing wild!When you touch it, the smell is sooo intense and refreshing!Been using it for iced tea...now I think I will give a try to the macarons!

Ainnl said...

Hmm, I wonder if this would allow me to finally succeed at making macs...

Unknown said...

I love looking at all of your gorgeous pictures and recipes to get inspired.

SumaiyyahAbidah said...

Oh it feels like I'm the only person on earth who has never tasted let alone made macarons! What a truly depressing thought...

Iva said...

Iva
Helene I am so addicted to your photography,book,recipes,your way of writing is beautiful and very inspiring!!!

Melissa said...

I love your recipes and your photography is amazing!

Idle Wife said...

I love macarons. I should really make some more one of these days. Your book would be really lovely to have.

Jessica said...

That is an awesome Idea to bring a bag like that with you!!!Even if I don't win, I will probably make something similar!

Jenny said...

The photos look gorgeous. That goodie bag sounds fabulous! I don't have all of those things.

Christina Tazelaar said...

Looks like a great weekend. Beautiful macarons!

Maria said...

What an amazing event Helene - so much passion and talent in one room! I'd love to be part of something like this one day ;-)

Courtney F. said...

This would be the next best thing to having been there! Thanks for the chance to win!

courtney [dot] elizabeth [dot] foster [at] gmail [dot] com

Rhonda said...

You rock Helene! You are an inspiration and I love learning from you.

Sheila said...

So enamored with macarons now. Wish I could've experienced that. Looks fantastic.

fishy.delishey said...

Elo from the Lou! And count me in for the giveaway please!

Martina said...

Favoloso! I love your blog, your recipes and your home. I want one of these macarons, they're so pretty!

Vanessa said...

What a great event! Everything looks beautiful & delicious!

Colleen said...

looks like a lovely weekend!

thanks for the giveaway!

blah said...

I enjoyed all your beautiful pictures from the ranch. I would love to try the macaron recipe myself!

Dmarie said...

it was enough that you shared your thoughts and your pics, but thanks for the chance to win too!

blah said...

Enjoyed your photos and would like to try the macaron recipe myself.

Eric Lovelin said...

Great to hear about your wonderful trip and see the great photos and recipe. Thanks!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

I have been a long time fan of your blog and you never cease to amaze me. Gorgeous photos and these macarons look simply sublime.

Kari said...

They look sooooo good!

Susana said...

I'd really, really love it! :D

MarciaKathryn said...

I am inspired to make my own macarons now. I love these tasty little treats and can't wait to make my own.

dezreen said...

Stunning!

KateMcGrath said...

What a wonderful experience for everyone! Thanks for sharing.

barb said...

Wow! One day I would love to attend a workshop, has western Canada ever been on your radar?

Miss T said...

Hurry up spring! I want to make these pronot!
Miss T xx

Andrea said...

I sooo wanted to be there,,,,, another time maybe.

Kelly Cook said...

Those macarons look divine! Thank you for always sharing your experiences again on the blog, after you are done sharing with all your workshop attendees!

ret said...

Looks lovely!

Casey Bahr said...

Sounds awesome!

Juliana said...

This flavor combination has got to be amonst my favorite for macaroons. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Agnieszka said...

I've been planning to learn baking macarons for months...You and your creations are a great inspiration and I hope one day I will finally learn how to bake them:)
Thank you!

elainepill said...

man, i need to try making macrons...they intimidate me a bit but i think i can do it!

love all the pictures with this post...thanks for all your lovely images and words!

Jess said...

I am a sucker for sweets.. and now that I’m gluten free I’ve become a sucker for Macaroons. I’ve never made Macaroons... just eaten in silent joy, however these look so lovely, I’m inspired to try my hand and becoming a Macaroon maker!

Keri said...

I'd love to win this goody bag, and use it's contents to make gluten free macarons for my celiac husband!

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

It looks like everyone had a great time at your workshop! Your giveaway looks great and your macarons are, as always, beautiful!

Yolanda said...

How exciting! I've been trying to find time to try making macarons--they are so beautiful and of course, delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

MaryW said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures and delicious recipes!

H said...

It seem you had a wonderful vacation to Ok. What a beautiful city. Can wait to had you book, lol

JamieH

Pryncss Briana said...

I just found your website from PW, and I love it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for cooking and photography. :)

Melantha said...

The macarons look scrumptious. Count me in for the giveaway.

Chandy said...

Beautiful pictures and so jealous of those that had the opportunity to spend time with you on Ree's ranch!

Betty-Ann said...

I really enjoyed your words and photos and Ree's take on the macaron weekend at the ranch. Thanks for sharing with those of us who weren't among those extremely lucky winners!

Coconut and Vanilla said...

Looks like real fun! Would have liked to been there, too!

Coastie Mom said...

Why oh why couldn't I have been at this event? I've seen another chef posting photos from the trip. Congratulations on the beautiful time in OK.

:)

Kindest Regards
Mickie Wordhouse

Donna said...

I would LOVE to one day attend a workshop like this! "From Plate to Pixel" has been on my wish list since it was first published!

Julia said...

Lemon verbana? I was in heaven the moment I saw the title in my Google reader! These look amazing, and it looks like you had a great time with PW! Even if I don't win the giveaway, your book is on my wish list for purchase this month. Hooray!

Sara said...

And here's my entry too. Thanks for the lovely write-up. Macarons are one of my ultimate kitchen goals!

Maria said...

Oh now I really HAVE to try to make macarons! Have waited to long now:) No more excuses! Bye the way I hope you can send the bag to Sweden if I win.

MyLittleBlueDog said...

Well it all looks wonderful! I wish I could do a work shop my macarons are hit and miss, mostly miss. I have a lemon verbena so will attempt the new recipe. Thanks so much for the great blog and a chance to win a prize.

Bookworm said...

What a fantastic time! Two incredible online presences in one place! I enjoy both of your blogs. Helene, your writing is poetic!

The Mel B said...

I have yet to venture into macaron making territory, but those do look oh so tasty!

Bookworm said...

Helene, your writing is poetic! I enjoy both blogs and it was wonderful to see you combine talents and passions!

elegant storms said...

thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us (: wish me luck with the giveaway!

PahaKakku said...

I just have to say, that yours is the best-behaving recipe for macarons, that I have encountered so far. It has worked perfectly every time.
I also love that you seem to be as enthused about thinking new taste-combinations to your different 'projects' as I am. :)
That makes this blog a source of creative inspiration for me.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

Helene, what an amazing post, trip, and thank you for sharing it all with us!

And for opening up a giveaway!

I'd love to have a signed copy of your book! I already have one but a signed copy would be awesome and I will pass along my existing copy to one of my readers or friends!

:)

sheler412 said...

Made my first batch of macarons this weekend! Didnt turn out half bad! Thank you for all the insight!

Sebrina Wilson said...

I just bought your book for my ipad and would LOVE a real copy (signed). You are very inspiring!!

Rebecca Gabriel said...

It looks like a wonderful weekend! So wish I could have been there with you. Maybe someday.

I also enjoyed hearing about your driving trip. What a wonderful time to spend with a sweetheart.

Emy said...

Would have loved to have been there to learn how to make your delicious macarons and to meet new friends. Looks like a wonderful weekend.

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous! I read Ree's post about the weekend, but it was beautiful to hear your perspective on it all. I'd love to win that goodie bag!

Lulu said...

Sounds great ! And it looks so yummy!

Melissa said...

It sounds like your trip to OK was amazing! I am so inspired to try your lemon verbena macaroons!

Lindsay-Jean said...

I could definitely use help with my food styling and photography!

Ruby said...

Those look delicious.

Jen Jen said...

And this is why we love you. You're awesome and so nice. Beautiful pictures as always! I really should give macarons another try despite my 2 previous failures...hehe, I'll get around to to... keep being awesome~

rosilet said...

I wish I was courageous enough to try to make macarons...yours are soooo perfect! Very nice post with very nice pics! Tks for the giveaway...I am so willing to win!
Merci et à bientôt!

Michelle said...

Hi Helene, thanks for the sharing your weekend at the ranch and giveaway! what a great experience it must have been. I can't wait to make some macarons!!!! I've been a little scared but i just gotta do them :)

Becca Hall said...

What did you do/see/eat while you were in Nashville?? I live there and always love hearing what people do as they are passing through town. Beautiful photos and stories too :)

T Crossley said...

Sounds like a fun trip.

Camille said...

This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!
cam22190 at gmail

Cailin Swarm said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend! I would really love to do what you do, but I'm not sure how to get started. Advice?

Nathan Smith said...

I love your food photography, it makes me so hungry seeing all your treats displayed so artfully. Thank you for sharing it with all of us out here!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I recently purchased a lemon verbena plant and was looking for a recipe to get me started with it. These look amazing and they are so beautifully photographed.

lindsey stu said...

That looked like such a fun weekend! I love your pictures. :)

Vivian said...

Love your photos! Wish you had your workshops in New York!

~Lindsay said...

I love macaroons! Being GF they are my go to quickie dessert!

Christine said...

Macarons are so good but seem intimidating to make. Yours looks and sounds scrumptious!

Amy Terral said...

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I hope to try my hand at macarons soon. I fell in love with them at Laduree in Paris!

Janet said...

I have been on the hunt for a good macaroon in kc - i think i will give making them a try!

emily said...

Looks like a lot of fun was had by all. I loved reading your post and PWs corresoponding one about your visit. I was lucky enough to enjoy macarons in France while I was there in April - Yum!

Amy said...

What a great trip! I'm so jealous not to have gone to the Lodge for your workshop.

verO de delimOOn said...

L'endroit ou vis Ree semble etre fabuleux. Passer quelques jours la-bas doit etre merveilleux.
Pensez-vous traduire votre livre en français ?
Bien à vous ?

K said...

Yes! I am so anxious to read your book!

~Cla said...

Don't think my last comment went through, but sorry if this is a duplicate! I love your blog and PW and was so excited to see what you two did together! Thanks for the St. Louis photos, having been born and raised there, I become desensitized to the beauty :-)

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the trip out (and back) to Oklahoma. I love it when a passion and life are mixed - that's the good stuff!

Marley said...

Your food styling is beautiful. The class looked great.

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