Mini Madeleine Muffins with Meyer Lemon Icing Recipe

The title is a mouthful, and so are these mini-muffins!  I used a base of a madeleine batter to create these bite-size treats for Easter.  The madeleine batter imparts a much richer, more buttery flavor than a traditional muffin mix.  I had a ton of Meyer lemons in my garden, and so I used the zest to brighten up both the batter and the icing.

The girls are on spring break, so I had lots of little hands helping out.  Everyone wanted to be in charge of sprinkles, but I was able to get them to do the measuring, pouring and spreading as well.  If you have children home on break and don't know what to do with them, cook!  You'll get to spend time with them, they'll have fun, and they will learn skills that will be valuable to them for their whole lives.

Madeleine Muffins with Meyer Lemon Frosting
Can you see the pink bunnies?


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Garlic Parmesan Bread Deluxe Recipe Recipe

We had some guests over last night for dinner and I had 2 baguettes left. Nothing goes to waste. I created some garlic parmesan bread that are to die for. All you need is a few spices from the pantry, butter and some parmesan.  And of course garlic.  LOTS of garlic.


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Chestnut Mousse (Mousse aux Marrons) Recipe

Chestnut mousse, or mousse aux marrons in French, is to die for. In France, I would rarely make it as it is easier to buy the Marronsuis Nestle brand. It's as good as the homemade version. Unfortunately, it is not available in California. I found that my local store carries French chestnut puree, so I bought some and came home and made the delicious goodness right away.


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Sable Cookies (French Buttery Shortbread) Recipe

Sablé cookies are very famous in Brittany on the West Coast of France. They are very similar to shortbread, except they are made with egg yolks. They also have a characteristic sandy outside edge and they are very rich in butter. Sablés have a mild sweetness that is a perfect complement for sweet mousses or parfaits.

These cookies take me back in time to my childhood. I remember coming back from school and inhaling them with a huge glass of milk.

many sable


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Finger Food: Pan-Seared Caramelized Garlic Shrimp Recipe

I'm a seafood lover and caramelized garlic shrimp makes my mouth water. It's a fairly quick and easy recipe that does not require a lot of prep - just 15-20 minutes of marinating time.

The key to making excellent shrimp dishes is to cook the shrimp for the right amount of time and not a moment more. I got this recipe from my aunt. Remember the one who revealed all her secrets for the perfect phở? She used to run a Vietnamese restaurant in the Bay Area in the 90s. All I can say is... it's worth a try!


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