It’s no secret I love tea. Afternoon tea, cream tea, or just a cuppa on a rainy day, I can’t get enough. So when the folks at St. Fiacre’s Farm in Lyons, Oregon generously offered a taste of their wares, how could I refuse? I knew I wanted to incorporate one of their teas into a baked good, and naturally, macarons came to mind. After all, I’ve done this thing a time or two. Their Cascade Earl Grey tea blend combines organic, traditional Earl grey with lavender buds for a deep, earthy and floral sip. In my recipe for Earl Grey Lavender French Macarons, I decided to flavor the macaron shell with this tea and sandwich them with a light, zesty lemon buttercream. I’ll let you see for yourself how they turned out. Continue Reading
On the Gulf Coast, we tend to avoid the post-Mardi Gras blues because right on its heels is crawfish season. (That is, if you didn’t give up crawfish for Lent. But that would be crazy, n’est-ce pas?) From January to May, bars all around the region entice imbibers with those two little magic words: “free crawfish.” Looking for crawfish in Mobile, Alabama? Read on to see how the Haberdasher, a little gem of a cocktail bar on Dauphin Street, does it in the Port City.
When I visit a new place, I tend to research food first and foremost. I want to know the “must-eats” of the region. Downtown Mobile is enjoying a boom. There are new restaurants and establishments popping up every month, it seems. Two Mobile residents, Chris and Laney Andrews, of Bienville Bites Food Tours, have a unique and tasty way of showing some of the best of what downtown Mobile has to offer to tourists and locals alike in their food tour. The three hours of this Bienville Bites Food Tour passed like minutes in the stroll down Dauphin, as we listened to Chris tell fascinating stories of the history of our fair city and its most famous dishes.
I spent some of my childhood living in Charlottesville, Virginia, and when guests came to visit us, we often visited colonial sites like Jamestown and Monticello. We amassed souvenirs like bonnets and aprons, and my older sister and I would roam the woods surrounding our country home, pretending we were Revolutionary War-era young ladies, relying on the wilderness for sustenance. When presented with an opportunity to review Laura Kumin’s (of the food blog Mother Would Know) new cookbook: The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World (Post Hill Press), I jumped at the chance to see how our forefathers ate, drank, and made merry.