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Lemon Verbena Macarons, Sharing Passions & A Giveaway!

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

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

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:26 pm

What a spectacular weekend! Your photos are gorgeous, as usual. Love it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway Helene! Yay!

Lisa H. July 31, 2011 um 3:29 pm

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

Jean Bair Davis July 31, 2011 um 3:29 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:29 pm

These look great, and I wish I could have been there at the conference!
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Sakura July 31, 2011 um 3:29 pm

This looked like an awesome workshop!

Caro Peguero July 31, 2011 um 3:30 pm

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. July 31, 2011 um 3:30 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:31 pm

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

Brian Samuels Photography July 31, 2011 um 3:35 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:35 pm

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

Foodwanderings July 31, 2011 um 3:39 pm

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

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 3:41 pm

You are a macaron inspiration. πŸ™‚

Jody July 31, 2011 um 3:41 pm

Stunning photos!!

MikeVFMk July 31, 2011 um 3:43 pm

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.

Jean | Delightful Repast July 31, 2011 um 3:47 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:47 pm

Would love the goodies! Thanks for the macaroon recipe!

Karen @ Goofy Can Cook July 31, 2011 um 3:48 pm

Love all of your photographs, those macaroons look delicious! πŸ˜€ Love your giveaway package.

XanderJL July 31, 2011 um 3:49 pm

wow beautiful photos taken

Margaret July 31, 2011 um 3:50 pm

That looks and sounds like such a great time! I'd love to try making macarons. πŸ™‚

Bunnee July 31, 2011 um 3:50 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:53 pm

What a great giveaway ;)…looks like an awesome workshop. wish i were part of them πŸ™‚

la domestique July 31, 2011 um 3:57 pm

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

Lynn July 31, 2011 um 3:57 pm

Oh! I can't wait to make this!

Kate July 31, 2011 um 3:58 pm

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

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 3:58 pm

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

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 3:58 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 3:59 pm

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

Juli July 31, 2011 um 4:00 pm

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

Morwenna Hill July 31, 2011 um 4:01 pm

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.

Kate July 31, 2011 um 4:01 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:03 pm

What an awesome workshop ! Wish I could attend !

Love your shots… As always =)

Thank you for your giveaways.


La Bella Cooks July 31, 2011 um 4:03 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:03 pm

Great pics, as always πŸ™‚

Callie Grayson July 31, 2011 um 4:04 pm

amazing post! What an incredible workshop… and give away!

Sarah July 31, 2011 um 4:05 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:08 pm

lovely post, helene. wish i could've been there on the ranch to learn from you! and you must have read my mind πŸ˜‰ 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 July 31, 2011 um 4:08 pm

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! πŸ™‚

Jo July 31, 2011 um 4:09 pm

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

KirstieBirstie July 31, 2011 um 4:09 pm

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

Cheryl Smithem July 31, 2011 um 4:10 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:11 pm

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 πŸ™‚

Heidi / foodiecrush July 31, 2011 um 4:11 pm

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.

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 4:12 pm

I'd love to give that goodie bag a home πŸ™‚

lifeasiknowit July 31, 2011 um 4:13 pm

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

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 4:14 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:19 pm

Oh, I'm in πŸ™‚ Thank you for this giveaway!

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 4:20 pm

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

Donna July 31, 2011 um 4:20 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:21 pm

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!


Sylvia July 31, 2011 um 4:21 pm


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

Julie Legg Photo July 31, 2011 um 4:25 pm

I would love to win your grab bag and drool over your beautiful photography at my leisure. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the offer.

Leah July 31, 2011 um 4:25 pm

oh i would love to read your book! your photographs are beautiful πŸ™‚

Kate @ Savour Fare July 31, 2011 um 4:30 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:30 pm

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

Laviza Shariff July 31, 2011 um 4:33 pm

thanks for sharing your beautiful memories with such gorgeous pictures…..the giveaway sounds great and I would put it to good use πŸ˜‰

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 4:36 pm

What a wonderful recap of your trip and last weekend!

notyet100 July 31, 2011 um 4:36 pm

Ummm macaroons lok so yum ….

La Shell July 31, 2011 um 4:37 pm

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

Γ‰va July 31, 2011 um 4:38 pm

I like your blog. πŸ™‚ Delicious food and beautiful photos.

The macarons look really good!

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 4:39 pm

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

Dee July 31, 2011 um 4:47 pm

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

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 4:50 pm

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

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 4:52 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:52 pm

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

KG3 July 31, 2011 um 4:55 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 4:55 pm

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.

Salt Lake Sugar July 31, 2011 um 4:59 pm

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


elizabeth July 31, 2011 um 5:01 pm

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

The Prudent Homemaker July 31, 2011 um 5:03 pm

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

Mo July 31, 2011 um 5:03 pm

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

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 5:05 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:05 pm

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

coachwife6 July 31, 2011 um 5:05 pm

Sounded like a lovely, fun, fulfilling weekend.

Chris @ The Dragonfly Woman July 31, 2011 um 5:08 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:09 pm

Those macarons looks very yummy!

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 5:13 pm

What a fun workshop!! And perfect refreshing summer flavors… πŸ™‚

Cathy July 31, 2011 um 5:13 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:15 pm

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

Kristin July 31, 2011 um 5:15 pm

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

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 5:16 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:17 pm

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

Kelly Edm July 31, 2011 um 5:19 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:21 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:26 pm

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

Eva July 31, 2011 um 5:26 pm

Gorgeous photos!

onescrappychick July 31, 2011 um 5:26 pm

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

Brianne July 31, 2011 um 5:27 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:27 pm

Je suis siiiii jalouse! Je n'avais pas l'opportunitΓ© d'entrer le giveaway. Peut-Γͺtre vous pouvez avoir un week-end comme Γ§a encore un jour?

Eva July 31, 2011 um 5:27 pm

Gorgeous photos!

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 5:34 pm

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

msburkett July 31, 2011 um 5:34 pm

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


Tiffany July 31, 2011 um 5:37 pm

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 πŸ™‚

Bites of Sweetness July 31, 2011 um 5:37 pm

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

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 5:38 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:38 pm

Sounds like you all had a great time.

spacedlaw July 31, 2011 um 5:41 pm

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

Sandra July 31, 2011 um 5:44 pm

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.

Jennifer July 31, 2011 um 5:44 pm

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

His July 31, 2011 um 5:46 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:48 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:52 pm

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} July 31, 2011 um 5:54 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 5:55 pm

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

Karen July 31, 2011 um 5:56 pm

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

Amy July 31, 2011 um 5:56 pm

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. πŸ™‚ 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 July 31, 2011 um 5:59 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 6:02 pm

I love goodies! The kind that come in bags are especially wonderful. πŸ™‚

anne July 31, 2011 um 6:02 pm

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

Eva July 31, 2011 um 6:03 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 6:04 pm

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

Unknown July 31, 2011 um 6:05 pm

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

Sumaiyyah July 31, 2011 um 6:06 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 6:08 pm

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

Melissa July 31, 2011 um 6:09 pm

I love your recipes and your photography is amazing!

GALaxy July 31, 2011 um 6:09 pm

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

Jessica July 31, 2011 um 6:12 pm

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!

Christina Tazelaar July 31, 2011 um 6:25 pm

Looks like a great weekend. Beautiful macarons!

Maria July 31, 2011 um 6:26 pm

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 πŸ˜‰

Courtney F. July 31, 2011 um 6:32 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 6:33 pm

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

Sheila July 31, 2011 um 6:39 pm

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

moni.zuza July 31, 2011 um 6:45 pm

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

Martina July 31, 2011 um 6:49 pm

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

Vanessa July 31, 2011 um 6:56 pm

What a great event! Everything looks beautiful & delicious!

Colleen July 31, 2011 um 7:01 pm

looks like a lovely weekend!

thanks for the giveaway!

Nancy July 31, 2011 um 7:03 pm

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

Dmarie July 31, 2011 um 7:04 pm

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

Nancy July 31, 2011 um 7:04 pm

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

Eric Lovelin July 31, 2011 um 7:07 pm

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

Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet July 31, 2011 um 7:13 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 7:15 pm

They look sooooo good!

Susana July 31, 2011 um 7:18 pm

I'd really, really love it! πŸ˜€

MarciaKathryn July 31, 2011 um 7:26 pm

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

dezreen July 31, 2011 um 7:32 pm


KateMcGrath July 31, 2011 um 7:35 pm

What a wonderful experience for everyone! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. S July 31, 2011 um 7:36 pm

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

Miss T July 31, 2011 um 7:36 pm

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

Andrea July 31, 2011 um 7:37 pm

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

Kelly July 31, 2011 um 7:38 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 7:39 pm

Looks lovely!

Casey Bahr July 31, 2011 um 7:44 pm

Sounds awesome!

Juliana July 31, 2011 um 7:48 pm

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

Agnieszka July 31, 2011 um 7:50 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 7:57 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:01 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:11 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:16 pm

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

Yolanda July 31, 2011 um 8:17 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:18 pm

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures and delicious recipes!

H July 31, 2011 um 8:18 pm

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


Briana July 31, 2011 um 8:21 pm

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

Jenn July 31, 2011 um 8:27 pm

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

Chandy July 31, 2011 um 8:40 pm

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

Betty-Ann July 31, 2011 um 8:41 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:43 pm

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

Coastie Mom July 31, 2011 um 8:46 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:48 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:49 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:50 pm

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

Maria July 31, 2011 um 8:57 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 8:59 pm

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.

JollyNoggin July 31, 2011 um 9:01 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 9:01 pm

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

JollyNoggin July 31, 2011 um 9:03 pm

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

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 9:06 pm

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

Paha Kakku July 31, 2011 um 9:08 pm

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. πŸ™‚
That makes this blog a source of creative inspiration for me.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 31, 2011 um 9:31 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 9:32 pm

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

Sebrina Wilson July 31, 2011 um 9:37 pm

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

Rebecca Gabriel July 31, 2011 um 9:41 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 9:47 pm

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.

Anonymous July 31, 2011 um 9:49 pm

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 | Voyage Gourmand July 31, 2011 um 9:55 pm

Sounds great ! And it looks so yummy!

Melissa July 31, 2011 um 9:55 pm

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

Lindsay-Jean July 31, 2011 um 9:59 pm

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

Ruby July 31, 2011 um 9:59 pm

Those look delicious.

Jen Jen July 31, 2011 um 10:01 pm

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 {Sugg-r} July 31, 2011 um 10:04 pm

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 Γ  bientΓ΄t!

Michelle July 31, 2011 um 10:06 pm

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 πŸ™‚

Becca Hall July 31, 2011 um 10:07 pm

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 πŸ™‚

T Crossley July 31, 2011 um 10:09 pm

Sounds like a fun trip.

Camille July 31, 2011 um 10:10 pm

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

Cailin Swarm July 31, 2011 um 10:12 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 10:17 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 10:20 pm

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.

no capital letters July 31, 2011 um 10:20 pm

That looked like such a fun weekend! I love your pictures. πŸ™‚

Vivian July 31, 2011 um 10:21 pm

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

~Lindsay July 31, 2011 um 10:22 pm

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

Christine July 31, 2011 um 10:23 pm

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

Amy Terral July 31, 2011 um 10:29 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 10:30 pm

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

emily July 31, 2011 um 10:32 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 10:36 pm

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

verO de delimOOn July 31, 2011 um 10:43 pm

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

Karolina July 31, 2011 um 10:45 pm

Yes! I am so anxious to read your book!

Baking in the Attic July 31, 2011 um 10:45 pm

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 πŸ™‚

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub July 31, 2011 um 10:47 pm

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 July 31, 2011 um 11:07 pm

Your food styling is beautiful. The class looked great.

TheresaSea July 31, 2011 um 11:10 pm

I would've loved to have won that trip to OK to watch you make macarons! I've tried on my own a couple of times, but never having an authentic macaron to compare it to, I can never be sure how good mine are. πŸ™‚ Maybe I'll have to wait for you to do something in the Chicago area and make it a point to sign up!

Rosa's Yummy Yums July 31, 2011 um 11:14 pm

Wonderful macarons and flavor! So fresh.

What a great event! It looks like evrybody had a good time.

Thanks for the giveaway.



Noelia July 31, 2011 um 11:18 pm

I have to try macaroons again, they are hard!!!!!! but yummy! πŸ˜€

Stephanie M. July 31, 2011 um 11:23 pm

I've always been afraid to make macarons but I'm so trying this recipe! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and beautiful and inspiring photographs.

Sue McGettigan July 31, 2011 um 11:24 pm

Wow those lemon verbena macaroons look delicious! What a fun workshop to take, both the cooking and the food styling/photography, thanks for sharing.

Morgan July 31, 2011 um 11:27 pm

Loved this post and love Ree!

CinnamonAndSass July 31, 2011 um 11:38 pm

Beautiful post!

Linda July 31, 2011 um 11:42 pm

How lucky the attendees were to hear your words of wisdom and learn from you. I hope some day to attend one of your workshops and get to know the knowledge you possess. Thanks for your blog.

Christine July 31, 2011 um 11:50 pm

Your work is so refreshing! You seem to love what you do. I'm envious!

Mia (Savor Everyday) July 31, 2011 um 11:59 pm

That conference sounds amazing!

Jagruti August 1, 2011 um 12:02 am

Helen, your photos and recipes are amazing. I would have loved to be part of your macaron class! Cannot wait to try one of your recipes! Thanks for sharing!

Roxanne August 1, 2011 um 12:02 am

You are an inspiration to so many. Your spirit is calming to my soul. Thank you so much for sharing.

Melinda Tucker August 1, 2011 um 12:03 am

Thanks so much for sharing these great recipes. I need a little help on the conversion from grams to cups, etc. Love the give away!
Melinda Tucker

Corinnea August 1, 2011 um 12:11 am

Came over from The Pioneer Woman. I love your style and passion. I enjoy cooking but rarely have any food photos that turn out well, it would be very cool to win your book.

delicioso August 1, 2011 um 12:17 am

My passions are food and photography, I wish i could have been there. The macaroons looked delicious, but most of all everyone looked like they had a fantastic time!

Megan August 1, 2011 um 12:22 am

The photos are the next best thing to being there – it's so fun to feel like you're almost there. Fingers crossed for the goodie bag!

Small and Moody August 1, 2011 um 12:23 am

Great photos! Thanks for a great giveaway!!!!

Anna August 1, 2011 um 12:25 am

Gorgeous photos! You inspire me to make macarons! πŸ™‚

Leigh August 1, 2011 um 12:26 am

You are the reason I haven't forgotten that I mean to try making macarons one of these days. Now, looking at the photos of all those ladies having so much fun, I want to make them with a big group of friends!

missyjane20 August 1, 2011 um 12:29 am

I've been scouring the internet for a delicious yet enticing macaron to make. I think I've found it! They look lovely.

Rachel T. August 1, 2011 um 12:36 am

You take the most beautiful pictures!! And your macaroons look SPLENDID!!!

Barrette August 1, 2011 um 12:36 am

fantastic giveaway!

Tawnya Wilson August 1, 2011 um 12:41 am

Thanks to an old friend I'm finding great new recipes and stories. Your weekend sounded great!! Wish I could of been there, but at least I have the recipe now!! I have a feeling my family is going to love this macaron!! Thanks

Radhika@foodfor7stages August 1, 2011 um 12:41 am

Every time I read you mac post I get inspired to make them but a fear of failure holds me back. But now I am determined to follow your tutorial and create those beauties in my kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration.

jennifer_f August 1, 2011 um 12:42 am

It looks like all had a great time. I would be honored to add your book to my collection!

Rin August 1, 2011 um 12:42 am

simply beautiful!

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 12:44 am

As soon as I get a new oven, and the weather cools down some, I am going to attempt making macarons. You're photos are great. I'm in the St Louis area so I especially like seeing the city through someone else's eyes.

Lina August 1, 2011 um 12:51 am

I wish I could have been there. Lovely post Helene!

Mrs. McGillis August 1, 2011 um 12:53 am

Looks like an amazing trip. Your photos are beautiful! I've been wanting to try my hand at macarons for a while now. This post is great inspiration!

Kary August 1, 2011 um 1:00 am

The workshop seems to have been a blast, I wish I could've tried the macarons!!

Theresa Lavagnino August 1, 2011 um 1:02 am

Looks like a wonderful way to spend the weekend! Love the pictures! Love the Macs!

Sarah August 1, 2011 um 1:10 am

Beautiful Macarons!! How do they hold up when baking in high humidity??

I baked some in the late spring and vac-sealed them to store in the freezer for my mid summer cravings!!

I may have to try this recipe!!


Keli August 1, 2011 um 1:15 am

I would have loved to attend your workshop, but will settle for the goodie bag!

elise August 1, 2011 um 1:20 am

Wish I could've gone to the workshop – it looks like it was amazing!

Liana August 1, 2011 um 1:23 am

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work. I'm almost ready to make the macarons, just need to read through your 'Demystifying Macarons' ten more times. πŸ˜‰

Truc August 1, 2011 um 1:25 am

Lemon Verbena is a great combination!

michelleanne August 1, 2011 um 1:28 am

I have just recently come across your blog and I am addicted. I look forward to reading every post.


Alli August 1, 2011 um 1:33 am

Oooooh, I covet! I would be a proud owner of your book. XOXO

Jane T. August 1, 2011 um 1:44 am

I found your site through a link from Bakerella, I was getting super excited about trying cake pops for the first time, but now that I've seen your macaroons, I don't even know which one I want to start trying out first!! I'm supposed to be saving my money but how am I supposed to resist making them when your pictures are sooooo good! πŸ™‚

jacqui August 1, 2011 um 1:49 am

Sounds like one amazing weekend! These macrons look delicious, love the flavor combination!

Joann August 1, 2011 um 1:50 am

Simply beautiful….everything!

Joann MK

Lindsey August 1, 2011 um 1:50 am

Someday, I will gather up all of my courage and adventure and whatever else is needed and attempt making macarons! They are so lovely.

Erin Farrell Speer August 1, 2011 um 1:54 am

Ooh! I have a BEAUTIFUL and happy Lemon Verbena plant that I've been trying to use more often. Can't wait to try these! Thank you! (Wondering how they'll do at high altitude!)

Wendy August 1, 2011 um 1:54 am

These lemon verbena macarons look delightful! Please enter me into your giveaway. πŸ™‚

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 1:55 am

Im so jealous! It seems a like a lot of fun!

Abby August 1, 2011 um 2:06 am

I love your photography.

Harmony W August 1, 2011 um 2:07 am

Your use of lemon verbena inspired me to buy my own plant and I am enjoying it so much! You are such an inspiration!

Claire August 1, 2011 um 2:09 am

What a treat! Thanks for the giveaway. It would almost make me feel like I had been at the ranch with you all (or should I say y'all?)! πŸ™‚

Jessica D August 1, 2011 um 2:22 am

That sounds like it was a wonderful weekend! I wish I could have participated, I could def use your teachings on how to make macarons, mine have been a disaster every time I try!

Harriet August 1, 2011 um 2:30 am

I have yet to gather up the courage to try to make macarons. Seeing your beautiful photos makes me think….one day soon……….

Jen August 1, 2011 um 2:38 am

I have yet to make macarons, but your recipes are making it very hard to put it off any longer. The only question is, which version to try first? πŸ™‚

Naomi August 1, 2011 um 2:41 am

Love the pics of STL… I grew up there!

Magpie August 1, 2011 um 3:09 am

I'm always so inspired by your lovely macarons (and of course your stunning photographs)
Being dairy-free as well as gluten-free, I have yet to find a filling that completely satisfies me, but I'm well on my way to a fantastic cookie bit! (and what a delicious trial-and-error it is!)

thank you again!

kelli August 1, 2011 um 3:10 am

Love it! Wish I could've been there.

Mariko August 1, 2011 um 3:10 am

Wonderful pictures as always!

Debbie August 1, 2011 um 3:12 am

I wish I had won a trip to Ree's Lodge to learn how to make macarons from you! That would have been so much fun.

True August 1, 2011 um 3:13 am

Sounds like an amazing weekend! Would love to attend one of your workshops one day.

Angie August 1, 2011 um 3:17 am

I loved seeing Ree's take on the weekend on her site and we glad to see yours here. Wish that was me there! πŸ™‚

Clau Santis August 1, 2011 um 3:22 am

I'm hooked!
Would you ship to Brazil???

Jess August 1, 2011 um 3:22 am

The Lodge looks so much fun! I hope I'm able to go to something like this one.

bellibabies August 1, 2011 um 3:27 am

I love your blog, the bright, light, gorgeous photography, and fantastic recipes! I would love to win a copy of your great book all the way down in the Caribbean!

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 3:31 am

wishing I'd have won a spot at the ranch… looks like so much fun, thank you for the chance to win your giveaway!

Winnie August 1, 2011 um 3:32 am

Looks like it was so fantastic Helene. Love the part about your excitement over having you husband see you in your element…so sweet πŸ˜‰

Rita August 1, 2011 um 3:33 am

mmmmmm mmmmmm those lemony macaroons look so yummy!! πŸ˜€

And it sounds like the Pioneer 'retreat' was simply fabulous for all!

Stephanie (@SweetTeaAndSpurs) August 1, 2011 um 3:44 am

Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip on the farm! Everything looks so bright and colorful!

Erin August 1, 2011 um 3:50 am

Love the pictures, and the macarons look delicious.

Alaska Pam August 1, 2011 um 3:52 am

I love a beautiful and delicious macaron and would just die to have attended the workshop! I plan to make these one day soon.

Jill August 1, 2011 um 3:55 am

Amazing food pictures!! I just bookmarked your blog! =)

Jill in AZ

Brittany August 1, 2011 um 3:57 am

I always enjoy reading your blog about your photography workshops that you host and attend! Where can I find a sign up list? Is there any on the west coast anytime? I love your food photography!

Jill August 1, 2011 um 3:57 am

I am so glad I found your blog – bookmarked it. Amazing pictures!

Jill in AZ

Tracy August 1, 2011 um 3:59 am

Lovely, as always. I may even try to make a macaron myself one of these days. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Nicole Pearce August 1, 2011 um 4:11 am

I hope to join one of your workshops one day. It sounds like an amazing experience.

Katie August 1, 2011 um 4:16 am

When can you come to England to teach me to tale photos as pretty as these? Love the blog and wish we grew lemon verbena in our garden so I could make some of these treats!

Jeanine – The Baking Beauties August 1, 2011 um 4:17 am

I would have LOVED to be at the ranch last week. What a great experience that would have been.

Shani August 1, 2011 um 4:39 am

I've been reading your blog for a while now and I am finally feeling courageous enough to try to make Macarons! Thanks for the inspiration!

Nadia August 1, 2011 um 4:44 am

I would love to receive a signed copy of the book! You are a real inspiration when it comes to food photography πŸ™‚

Maria Reuter August 1, 2011 um 4:54 am

would love to be in one of your workshops someday!

Bake Believe August 1, 2011 um 5:11 am

I am madly in love with you're styling, photographs and especially your gorgeous Macarons! I am looking into starting my own bakery/parisian macaron bakery and have found your recipes, tips and photographs very inspirational and helpful on my journey of decadent desserts! Thank you for all that you do πŸ™‚ I can't wait for you to come to california, I would love to take one of your classes!

Wendy August 1, 2011 um 5:15 am

Beautiful!! Thanks for the giveaway… and the lovely recipe πŸ™‚

Carol August 1, 2011 um 5:20 am

Those macarons look amazing! You are pretty much the reason why I became obsessed with making macarons! I'm taking a little hiatus from making them though since I would bake a new batch every 3 days or so! I've been meaning to looking into purchasing your book, but if I could win won through this giveaway, it'd be amazing! Thanks for hosting! I wish I could attend one of your workshops one day!

Dandy August 1, 2011 um 5:30 am

Your food photography is completely dreamy and inspiring.. and is it weird that I recognized Ree's kitchen?

Sandy August 1, 2011 um 5:36 am

Dear Helene,

writing from germany. Love your recipes, your food styling and the pictures. As a frankophil german woman the macaroons are an important part of baking for me. Writing a blog by myself and you inspire me all the time.

With best wishes from germany,

Pamphilia August 1, 2011 um 5:51 am

I can't wait to try the lemon-lemon verbena macarons recipe using some verbena from my herb garden! I'd love to try it with thai basil too (that's gotten a bit overgrown).

ally August 1, 2011 um 5:56 am

Would love to do one of your workshops – any trips to Australia planned??!!

Diane Schmidt August 1, 2011 um 6:05 am

Haven't made a macaron yet, but I'm hoping to in the near future. Looks like a wonderful time spent for everyone!

Boriana Kostova August 1, 2011 um 6:08 am

I wish i could just teleport from my country to yours and take part in that amazing workshop you did, but time and space travel don't come that easy! Thanks for sharing photos – they have cought sparks from the magic πŸ™‚

Gaia August 1, 2011 um 6:49 am

Hope will not be too trouble-making send the bag to Firenze-Italy?!

megan August 1, 2011 um 7:54 am

what a lovely weekend. i hope to be able to participate in one of your workshops in the future!

Unknown August 1, 2011 um 8:10 am

wow! looks like the class was amazing. i'd love to take one with you someday!!

Kelly-Jane August 1, 2011 um 8:10 am

Lovely macarons and pictures. Didn't know Ree had a new cookbook in the pipeline!! πŸ™‚

Sam August 1, 2011 um 8:25 am

Your work is such an inspiration! I would like to become a food photographer and stylist and I am becoming better and better since I started to read your blog.Thanks a lot!

MilkJam August 1, 2011 um 8:27 am

Beautiful! I would have loved to have been there πŸ™‚
But I was there in spirit – ordered your book which arrived last week and I can't put it down! Amazing!!!

Tally August 1, 2011 um 9:09 am

Beautiful images, as usual! I'd love to read (and learn from) your book.

Keri Wong August 1, 2011 um 9:16 am

I really would love to attend one of your seminars one day and learn how to take beautiful photos like yours…one day…

Jenelle August 1, 2011 um 9:29 am

Your website is always so inspiring! I hope that I can one day attend one of your classes, first I have to move back to the states!

Monique August 1, 2011 um 9:35 am

Wow – these look delicious! I follow your blog religiously from SA – so thanks for all the good work.

Jo August 1, 2011 um 9:35 am

Great stuff and how I wish you were organizing such a workshop in this part of Asia.

delphine August 1, 2011 um 9:55 am

Ces photos sont superbes, j'aurais adorΓ© assister Γ  ce stage πŸ™‚ Je participe au concours ! Bises

Fragolina August 1, 2011 um 10:00 am

The pictures are amazing, and I'm craving for these macarons, unusual flavors, bet they're so yummiii… and a great gift…

garden August 1, 2011 um 10:36 am

YES, you really do make it look easy with your inspiring photography.

CF August 1, 2011 um 10:42 am

Lovely photos and the macarons looks amazing as usual. I wish I'm living in the US.

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 10:45 am

Please pick me! I'm such a huge fan of yours!

Danja August 1, 2011 um 10:56 am

I spent some time in Paris this summer and for the first time tasted macarons. They were amazing. I can't wait to try making them when I return from Europe.
I really enjoyed your posts on your visit to Oklahoma, and since I read both your blog and Ree's, it was really cool how you collaborated.

TΓΊry AmΓ‘lia August 1, 2011 um 11:18 am

lovely pictures as always! πŸ™‚ Amalia (Hungary)

lin August 1, 2011 um 11:19 am

Thanks for the recipe!!

Booksofsterling August 1, 2011 um 11:26 am

Your words are just as beautiful as your food styling and the photography! I am now hooked on your blog and was especially touched when you said you love to share your art and skills with people … I loved imagining you two sleeping out under the Big Dipper! Thanks … going to tell everyone in the Washington DC area about you now πŸ™‚ Mary in Metro D.C.

smiles, Sharon August 1, 2011 um 11:28 am

Oh my goodness, over 250 comments, I thought I would never find the comment form (smile). Actually I am not commenting due to your gift bag, although that would be nice. I have your book and it is so inspirational and helpful. I was raised in SLC, UTah and enjoyed some of your photos of the valley. We now live in Charlotte, so close to you. So I will write later when your comment line is not so long and see if you are doing anything in Charleston area i could attend.
BUT what I really want to say is the mornings that your blog shows up in my email, it is the first opened and then reread later in the day, followed by being saved in a folder. On many levels I totally connect with what you are doing…first your generosity! the beautiful smile on your face! your love of sharing! and then your multiple talents. It is such a joy to read your always happy and upbeat, and PRINTABLE blog. You are willing to share your all. Thank you so much. Smiles: Sharon

Nan August 1, 2011 um 11:31 am

Looks like it was a great time! What fun to spend time at Ree's ranch too!
Wish I could have been there instead of writing press releases for my "day Job."

HJ August 1, 2011 um 11:35 am

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, as always!

Adria August 1, 2011 um 11:38 am

It looks delicious!,
And the photos are grate, I have never seen food photos like yours!.
And they make me triying to make macarons, they look so easy in your photos, so perfect…And itΒ΄s not possible for me!!, and it makes me laugh!!.
I am from Madrid (Spain), and here its very hot too, I donΒ΄t know how I find your blog, I was looking for special photograph books, and I buy yours and it was incredible. I put your name in google, and then…. you appears!
When am working, all the days I look on my emails to find new experiences and new US places to dreams…. I want to make macarons, I want to travel to USA and I hope I will meet you.

From Spain…..

Suzi August 1, 2011 um 11:39 am

Good Morning! Very excited about the new recipe. I have good days and bad days still with macarons. Today WILL be a good day:) Your trip looked lovely and delicious. Just love the photo off the horses. Thanks for sharing!

lanabird August 1, 2011 um 11:40 am

Beautiful words. What a wonderful trip.

Beth W August 1, 2011 um 11:42 am

Those look delicious!

Cindy S August 1, 2011 um 11:43 am

Lovely lovely lovely. We spent several years in Europe and have just moved back to the US – your blog takes me back everytime. To celebrate Swiss National Day, I think a batch of macarons is in order today! Would love to win, merci for the opportunity.

decocinasytacones August 1, 2011 um 11:47 am

Still jealous of your trip to Oklahoma!, I wish I was there!, cooking, feeling frustated, enjoying, giggling, whatever, well IΒ΄m just across the atlantic. Beautiful post, beautiful pictures and you all look great!.
Love from the north of Spain

silarem August 1, 2011 um 11:53 am

Food photography at a different level…everything in your photos looks so fresh that I can almost taste it!

Steph August 1, 2011 um 11:57 am

Your photos are so gorgeous, as always! Looks like everyone had such a wonderful time!

~Rachael August 1, 2011 um 11:57 am

I bought your book after reading about it on Ree's site; but I know who I'd give it to if I won a signed copy!! I'm so excited to share an adopted home with such a talented person. I one day hope to hone my talents into something I can teach others as well. Teaching and making things seem to be my passion, now just to figure out how to put a fine point on it. Lol

[email protected] August 1, 2011 um 11:58 am

Can't wait to meet you in person next Sunday at the US Personal Chef Conference!

Emma Galloway August 1, 2011 um 11:59 am

I love how detailed your recipe is πŸ™‚

Sandra Livesay August 1, 2011 um 12:01 pm

I love to see the artist(s) at work, especially in the kitchen.

Jacob August 1, 2011 um 12:02 pm

The workshop looks fabulous! If you ever feel the urge to come to Australia, my wife and I will be at all your workshops πŸ™‚ You have inspired us to photograph all of our food adventures!

Anna August 1, 2011 um 12:30 pm

The macaroons look like miniature artworks and it all looks like so much fun!

Sommer August 1, 2011 um 12:32 pm

It is always amazing to spend time with other foodies. It seems that it is a true passion that can be shared, laughed about and is, in the end, about coming together. What a wonderful experience. I can't wait to try your recipe with glass of lemonade.

Luisa MorΓ³n August 1, 2011 um 12:35 pm

a great workshop. The pfotos fantastic.

CNN August 1, 2011 um 12:39 pm

Les macarons et photos Sont beaux.

Sharon August 1, 2011 um 12:41 pm

I would love to give your leftover goodie bag a new home. It would be a dream to attend one of your workshops with Ree!! Can you come to Ontario, Canada?

Sue/the view from great island August 1, 2011 um 12:42 pm

Sounds like the most amazing experience, your enthusiasm is so inspiring. I love the idea of lemon verbena macaroons, I just made Lemon thyme shortbreads!

alisonpeta August 1, 2011 um 12:47 pm

I followed the weekend on both yours and PW's blogs. What fun!

Conna August 1, 2011 um 12:48 pm

Wish I could be part of this wonderful weekend !!

Well done Helena

Margaret August 1, 2011 um 12:52 pm

How inspiring! Thanks for sharing your adventure with such heart! Love the giveaway! Thank you.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 1, 2011 um 12:53 pm

These are fabulous! I still need a copy of your book so badly! Hope you had a great weekend

Linda21 August 1, 2011 um 12:54 pm

I luv browsing your website. It lightens my heart.

Gina August 1, 2011 um 12:54 pm

Any memory you take from a trip stays with you as well as the flavor and taste of new foods forvever. That is even better when you share those memories with others.

Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful gift.

Rhonda McMichael August 1, 2011 um 12:55 pm

I'll never forget the first time my children had macarons. We were at the market in Antibes in the south of France when they caught my son's eye … With serious determination he chose two flavours for himself and two he knew his sister would like. Their faces when they took their first bite — surprise and wonder at this new delight. My daughter has wanted to make them ever since. Now with your wonderful recipes and instructions perhaps i'll make the attempt!

Pat R August 1, 2011 um 12:59 pm

Helene,that is one of the most heartfelt posts I've ever read Thanks for putting it all out there, your passions, your energy and the beautiful photos. I'm working up the nerve to try making macarons for the first time. I'm a long time cook and baker, but i am imtimidated by the big "M".

Colette (Coco) August 1, 2011 um 1:02 pm

Hi, Helene.
The macarons look perfect. I tried making them once – it was a disaster!
Hope you come to Los Angeles for a macaron workshop.

Squeeze August 1, 2011 um 1:02 pm

First time comment..long time reader. I wish there were more classes like yours here in the Boston area. The photos are truly inspirational and make me want to pick up my nice camera again instead of the lame go-to iphone.

Laura Barletta

Colette (Coco) August 1, 2011 um 1:03 pm

Hi, Helene.
These macarons look perfect. I tried making them once and it was a disaster! Hope you'll come to the Los Angeles area for a macaron workshop soon.

Elizabeth M. August 1, 2011 um 1:03 pm

What a beautiful post! Not only does this make me want to try making macarons, but I also want to book a trip to pioneer country. Thank you for sharing what looks like such a lovely trip.

Viveca August 1, 2011 um 1:04 pm

I love your blog!! I'm going to try this macarons recipe soon.

Debbye August 1, 2011 um 1:04 pm

I would love to win the goodie bag!

SweetwaterGifts August 1, 2011 um 1:06 pm

Great all the pictures!

Nicole Underwood Gonzalez August 1, 2011 um 1:09 pm

oh how I dream of days like this. Friends & food….lovely post!

Nisa-mom August 1, 2011 um 1:10 pm

I'm so proud you put a picture of st.louis landmark, I live in st.louis, and i wish someday you will come and have a workshop here too and I will glad to come πŸ™‚

Lamirose August 1, 2011 um 1:10 pm

I started to read your blog 2 weeks ago and I'm really happy for that…your passion is inspiring

bises de Paris

Kristen August 1, 2011 um 1:12 pm

I'm a new reader, but getting closer everyday to attempting my first macarons. Your pictures and recipes are inspiring!

D. August 1, 2011 um 1:14 pm

Looks like you had a marvelous time! I'd love to get a copy of your book. πŸ™‚

linda August 1, 2011 um 1:15 pm

i truly wanted to be a winner for that fab PW w/e! it seemed amazing! you inspire!

The InTolerant Chef β„’ August 1, 2011 um 1:17 pm

I like the idea of using herbs in the shells. Pineapple sage is one of my very favourite herbs, but you don't see it often.

dris209 August 1, 2011 um 1:18 pm

I would love to learn to make and photograph macarons like you do…

Recetas Maria August 1, 2011 um 1:18 pm

You are always an inspiration! Thank you!!

Unknown August 1, 2011 um 1:18 pm

I love macarons! Came here through Ree's post and am totally inspired to try making them. πŸ™‚

From Calculus to Cupcakes August 1, 2011 um 1:20 pm

The workshop looked wonderful, and I would love to have your book!

Recetas Maria August 1, 2011 um 1:20 pm

You are always an inspiration! Thank you!

juliaelmer at hotmail dot com August 1, 2011 um 1:24 pm

Looks like a ton of fun! I was following your updates on the road trip. What a joy to be on the open road… Thanks for sharing some of your adventures.

Kapu August 1, 2011 um 1:27 pm

I love your blog and visit it often as a pick me up.
the photos are lovely and take me there without actually being there. thanks

The Golden Bride August 1, 2011 um 1:30 pm

Those macaroons are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes and photography with us! It's a taste of France every time I read your blog. πŸ™‚

tanya catolos August 1, 2011 um 1:32 pm

Hi Helene,

I love your blog and I am continually inspired by your recipes and photos. Thank you so much and if you ever want to come up to Durham NC for a similar event as the one you just did, let me know!!!


Unknown August 1, 2011 um 1:34 pm

Your photos are always such a joy to look at. Love the horses in the road- I would love to feed them carrots! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us, all the time!

Leeann August 1, 2011 um 1:34 pm

I really wanted to be there to ask questions. I have been making macarons for a year now and love doing so. Just have a few questions and I wanted to see you in person as well as get a signed copy of your book! Love your blog and all the recipes and photography tips. Thank you!

Molly Ann Cartwright August 1, 2011 um 1:34 pm

It looked like a very fun trip! I would love to win the goodie bag : )

MarthaT August 1, 2011 um 1:35 pm

I have been dying to try macarons – thank you so much for the recipe. I definitely need some help with my food photography and would LOVE to win your goody bag!

Monica August 1, 2011 um 1:40 pm

I live in Tulsa…wish I could have been there…looks like you ladies had a beautiful weekend. Maybe next time…lol!

Nama J. August 1, 2011 um 1:41 pm

Viewing the pictures of your adventure I was wishing I could have been there too. Winning the goodie bag would make me at least feel like I was! Thank you for your wonderful site and thank you for your beautiful photos!

Digigirl August 1, 2011 um 1:42 pm

Sounds like an amazing weekend. Thanks for sharing your experience! I've been eyeing your book and would love to win your goodie bag. Thanks for your generosity!

Nama J. August 1, 2011 um 1:44 pm

I so enjoyed reading about and viewing the photos of your workshop! Doing so, I could only think of how wonderful it would have been if I had been there. Winning the goodie bag would make me feel like I had been there! Thank you for the chance!

Unknown August 1, 2011 um 1:47 pm

So lovely weekend you've had!

Mine wasn't bad either as it was +20 (in the middle of ozzie winter)!

Your blog is very inspiring! Thank you for that!

Ellie August 1, 2011 um 1:51 pm

Thank you for the chance to win such an exciting prize!

Chellen August 1, 2011 um 1:52 pm

Everything looks just lovely!

marbellawalk August 1, 2011 um 1:59 pm

Glad you were able to get away with your husband to Ree's- sounds like a wonderful time with a lot of interesting (and interested) people.

Hans August 1, 2011 um 2:02 pm

Those open macarons at the end are so gorgeous. My last attempt at making them was not good….my almonds were way too chunky. I blended them as much as I could but they were so oily they didn't blend well. Any tips? Buying almond flour is so expensive!

Diana Phillips August 1, 2011 um 2:05 pm

Sounds like you had a full-on exhausing but in a good way weekend. Wish I could have been there too.

Paola August 1, 2011 um 2:07 pm

Those look awesome, I have tried many times to make macaroons but they just don't seem to be right, I've decided it's the very high summer humidity, this winter I am planning on trying again!

eburgess900 August 1, 2011 um 2:09 pm

what beautiful pictures! It made me happy to read about your travels across the country, I just moved from Mississippi to Colorado and had the exact thoughts driving from state to state! We do live in a gorgeaous world! thanks! emils

sLee August 1, 2011 um 2:10 pm

beautiful post! the pictures made it so real, like I was actually there in your class.

Lubna August 1, 2011 um 2:14 pm

I love your photography and blog, it is so inspiring both visually and mentally. I would really love a copy of your book, and the pastry bag and colors would be perfect as I'd like to make a cake for my baby's first birthday.

Marilena August 1, 2011 um 2:27 pm

Definitely trying out those lemon macarons for my girlfriend! She loves anything lemony and refreshing πŸ™‚
Thanks for the giveaway!

Janet K August 1, 2011 um 2:29 pm

I Love all your photos from this weekend…the night sky ones are just beautiful!!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Maureen August 1, 2011 um 2:30 pm

Beautiful pictures to enhance the memories.

Sara August 1, 2011 um 2:34 pm

oh gosh, that looks like a fun workshop! lovely setting, too!

Jan August 1, 2011 um 2:35 pm

Love macarons…. your photos are amazing! I'm running to the kitchen… can't wait to give these a try-

Lisa August 1, 2011 um 2:38 pm

I am constantly inspired by your food, thank you πŸ™‚

Jennifer S. Chi August 1, 2011 um 2:39 pm

These macarons look so beautiful and delicious!

Andrea N August 1, 2011 um 2:40 pm

Looks like a great class! I agree with everyone who says macarons look great but sound intimidating to make.

Deborah August 1, 2011 um 2:42 pm

I love the way you tell a story. It always makes me want to be right there with you!!

Jessica Holly August 1, 2011 um 2:42 pm

This is beautiful. I love your photos!

Kathleen S August 1, 2011 um 2:42 pm

I took a macaron making class in Paris a few months ago, but I haven't had the courage yet to attempt to make some on my own!!… After reading your post, I'm ready to give it a try!!

ValΓ©rie ( Franche-ComtΓ© ) August 1, 2011 um 2:43 pm

Quelle magnifique dΓ©couverte de blog, rempli de dΓ©licieuses et belles choses, je suis terriblement conquise, merci.

Natalia August 1, 2011 um 2:43 pm

These macarons look sooooo delicious… I love your photos!

Mary aka The Culinary Librarian August 1, 2011 um 2:44 pm

I love macarons so much. As a blogger, taking photos is an integral part of my cooking time but something I do nonchalantly. I'd love to learn more from your book. I have a lot of obstacles to overcome– mainly NO natural light in my "kitchen" in my Manhattan apartment.

heather {WhipperBerry} August 1, 2011 um 2:44 pm

Beautiful, beautiful post my friend! Wish I could have been there! I think I may have to make some macarons this week and pretend that I'm sipping tea and eating macarons with you and Ree.


RenΓ©e August 1, 2011 um 2:45 pm

what a sweet giveaway πŸ™‚

Carol August 1, 2011 um 2:45 pm

I have so enjoyed reading the posts about your trip and workshop. I am envious. It sounded like so much fun. I'm happy to hear Richard Gere has a deeper understanding and appreciation for what you do. Awesome!

Jenny Mendes August 1, 2011 um 2:48 pm

I tasted my first macaron this February in Paris. And I have fresh lemon verbena in my garden…..hmmmmmm do I dare? πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration!

Michelle Frohling August 1, 2011 um 2:50 pm

Winning might ease the pain of not attending.

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 2:51 pm

As always, gorgeous photos. wish I could have been at the workshop!

Amanda August 1, 2011 um 2:52 pm

What a fantastic workshop!! Anyone who throws themselves completely behind what they do can understand your exhaustion at completion! Would love to win! amandamouttaki at gmail dot com

Rye August 1, 2011 um 2:52 pm

Oh my goodness this class looks so amazing! Wish I could have been there!! What cute gift bag ideas as well. Can't wait to try out this recipe!

Ana-Maria August 1, 2011 um 2:52 pm

Ohh! I wish I can come sometime to one of your workshops. Love your works! :X [email protected]

DIB August 1, 2011 um 2:53 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 2:54 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 2:54 pm

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

Henrietta August 1, 2011 um 2:55 pm

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

Nyte Crafter August 1, 2011 um 2:55 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 2:58 pm

Wish I'd been there at the Lodge.

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 3:00 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:09 pm

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

DeDe Mitchell August 1, 2011 um 3:11 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:12 pm

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

kimberlyloc August 1, 2011 um 3:13 pm

Gorgeous macarons. Thanks for the post!

Deb August 1, 2011 um 3:16 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:17 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:18 pm

Definitely going to try making these lovely macaroons.

jess desserts August 1, 2011 um 3:19 pm

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

TannyP August 1, 2011 um 3:19 pm

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

hil924 August 1, 2011 um 3:20 pm

such beautiful photos!

beaudrillard August 1, 2011 um 3:23 pm

Helene, you are simply inspiring!

beaudrillard August 1, 2011 um 3:24 pm

You are simply inspiring, Helene!

diana August 1, 2011 um 3:25 pm

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!

[[email protected]]

ForgedBlog August 1, 2011 um 3:30 pm

Oh how I wish I could have been there!

Darcy August 1, 2011 um 3:30 pm

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 BriseΓ±o August 1, 2011 um 3:32 pm

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

Jess K. August 1, 2011 um 3:32 pm

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

Ginnette August 1, 2011 um 3:33 pm

Hi, i am so scared to make macaroons… but i promise that if i win, I will make them asap πŸ˜€

Julia August 1, 2011 um 3:35 pm

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.


Just Me August 1, 2011 um 3:36 pm

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

Nancy G. August 1, 2011 um 3:36 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:38 pm

I just found your blog through PW and I love it! You do amazing work πŸ˜‰

Cocoa and Quinoa August 1, 2011 um 3:42 pm

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 πŸ™‚

Epicure August 1, 2011 um 3:43 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:44 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 3:49 pm

I love your blog. This kit would be a great start to my macaron making πŸ™‚

Dina August 1, 2011 um 3:59 pm

That looks amazing. I will be definitely trying the macaroons soon. πŸ™‚

Funny Girlie Eats August 1, 2011 um 4:00 pm

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

casey cakes August 1, 2011 um 4:01 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 4:02 pm

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

laura August 1, 2011 um 4:05 pm

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

laura August 1, 2011 um 4:06 pm

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

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 4:11 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 4:13 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 4:14 pm

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 πŸ˜€

Unknown August 1, 2011 um 4:19 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 4:23 pm

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. August 1, 2011 um 4:24 pm

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

Spicey August 1, 2011 um 4:25 pm

Those look delicious. πŸ™‚

Kate August 1, 2011 um 4:31 pm

Your photos are gorgeous! The macarons are just beautiful.

owlette August 1, 2011 um 4:35 pm

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

Eleanor Audrey August 1, 2011 um 4:41 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 4:41 pm

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

Woon Xin Hui August 1, 2011 um 4:43 pm

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

Elessara August 1, 2011 um 4:48 pm

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

Tetyana Kovalenko August 1, 2011 um 4:50 pm

Beautiful pictures. I enjoyed reading the post.

Noelani August 1, 2011 um 4:53 pm

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

Andi August 1, 2011 um 4:57 pm

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

Anna Marie August 1, 2011 um 4:58 pm

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

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 4:59 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 4:59 pm

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

[email protected] August 1, 2011 um 5:04 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 5:04 pm

Love the classic, simple style of your food photography.

[email protected] August 1, 2011 um 5:07 pm

Hi there. : )

Maneesha August 1, 2011 um 5:08 pm

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

Shari August 1, 2011 um 5:08 pm

Beautiful pictures, as always. The macarons are lovely!

Unknown August 1, 2011 um 5:12 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 5:17 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 5:18 pm

Macarons! Je t'aime!!!!

Laura August 1, 2011 um 5:20 pm

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

Laura B. August 1, 2011 um 5:22 pm

Looks like yall had a blast!

Sarah V. August 1, 2011 um 5:23 pm

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


Elin August 1, 2011 um 5:26 pm

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

max August 1, 2011 um 5:28 pm

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 πŸ˜€

– H

Liron Mcley August 1, 2011 um 5:29 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 5:30 pm

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

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 5:31 pm

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

Megan August 1, 2011 um 5:34 pm

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

Becca August 1, 2011 um 5:38 pm

Love the re-cap and your photos!

Linda and Matthew August 1, 2011 um 5:40 pm

Love the St. Louis pictures! My home town photographs so well. πŸ™‚

Bertha August 1, 2011 um 5:42 pm

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

hayley August 1, 2011 um 5:45 pm

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

Anonymous August 1, 2011 um 5:53 pm

oooh i could use a good food photography book πŸ˜‰ and those macarons look delightful! πŸ™‚

TZ August 1, 2011 um 5:53 pm

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

Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus August 1, 2011 um 5:53 pm

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

elizabeyta August 1, 2011 um 5:53 pm

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

PΓ©tra August 1, 2011 um 5:53 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 5:55 pm

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

Robyn M. August 1, 2011 um 5:58 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 6:01 pm

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

Amanda L.F. August 1, 2011 um 6:01 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 6:01 pm

Amazing Pictures…….

James O August 1, 2011 um 6:02 pm

Amazing Pictures…….

Jan S August 1, 2011 um 6:02 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 6:03 pm

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

Orly B. August 1, 2011 um 6:06 pm

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

Chaitali August 1, 2011 um 6:08 pm

Beautiful pictures as always! Especially loved the shot of Ree in action πŸ™‚

sarah grace August 1, 2011 um 6:12 pm

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

Courtney August 1, 2011 um 6:19 pm

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 August 1, 2011 um 6:20 pm

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

Jenna Anderson August 1, 2011 um 6:23 pm

Looks amazing!

Vivian August 1, 2011 um 6:26 pm

amazing macarons, as always! wish you'd visit south texas. πŸ™‚ -Viv

Andrea August 1, 2011 um 6:30 pm

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

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