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I am "conquering" one of my 2014 culinary challenges: French macaron.

Thanks to the Fine Cooking Magazine website, I have this recipe and video to guide me:

http://www.finecooking.com/videos/how-to-make-classic-french-macarons.aspx

If all goes well, I'll spend the rest of the year mastering different flavor combinations and give French macarons as Christmas gifts.


What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of February 22-23, 2014
2/21/14 04:02 PM

Our music-office-guest room. We successfully have the office and music part nailed. We are stumped on how to ensure our guests can be comfortable in that room.


If You Could Redo One Room in Your Home, Which Would It Be?
1/15/14 01:16 PM

The timing if this task is perfect!!! The Aaron Brother's 1 cent sale is on right now!!!!

I'll be framing a poster of American Indian populations given to me by my brother and sister-in-law over 10 years ago when I was researching our family's Native American heritage.


Making Your Home Your Own: Prep Artwork for Framing & Display January Cure: Assignment # 6
1/9/14 04:41 PM

Light a ton of candles!!! They will not only give off a warming glow but they do put off a lot of heat.


5 Ways To Cozy Up Your Home
1/9/14 11:39 AM

I will be creating a coffee & tea center. Recently, my boyfriend started a ritual of having herbal tea before going to bed every night. It will be so much easier having items out in view. Also, it will be a nice space for people to for self-service coffee & tea at future events in our home.


You Can Do It: Pick a Project to Cross Off Your List January Cure: Assignment # 5
1/8/14 12:33 PM

Mine is the infamous "practice dinner beef wellington incident."

I was hosting the family Christmas dinner for the first time and I wanted to really impress.

So, in July, I hosted a practice dinner with my close friends who would still be my friends even if I gave them food poisoning. I did everything as if it was the real thing from cleaning to timing each dish...everything.

I chose beef wellington and everything was going swimmingly well. The meat was beautiful, the duxelle was rich and the pastry enveloped everything perfectly. I then realized that the place where I wanted to stick the meat thermometer was on the opposite side of beef wellington. As I was pivoting the wellington around, I lost my grip and thud, the whole thing hit the floor.

I yelled, "Oh, No!" and immediately picked it up. Fortunately it stayed in one solid piece. My friend who was opening a bottle of wine started laughing. Friends in the living room yelled, "What happened?" I walked out and fessed up. I said, "I dropped the whole beef wellington on the floor. I can order pizza." They looked at the floors and said, "Nah, we're good. Continue cooking."

We feasted like kings that night and Christmas dinner went off without a hitch.


Our Biggest Facepalm Moments in the Kitchen in 2013
1/7/14 05:50 PM

Take on my culinary "fears" and make:

-bread, from scratch, without a bread maker
-biscotti (I know it's easy, it just intimidates me.)
-lamb (make up for "burning BBQ" incident of 2012)
-gnocci, from scratch


Our Cooking Resolutions for 2014
1/7/14 05:19 PM

mmarie - We also have a 12th night dinner, either before or after Epiphany!!!

Years ago, I got assigned to be the host of the annual family Christmas dinner. After hosting it for a few years I was beat. So, I came up with the idea of hosting an Epiphany/12th night dinner instead. My family loved the idea.

When my nephews & niece were young we would even have a procession to bring the 3 wise men to the manger scene.

We are now in our 4th year and I don't see the tradition going anywhere.


Why January Is the Perfect Month for Entertaining
1/6/14 07:59 PM

Thank you for the "wash the floors" assignment. I've been in my home for over 5 years and I've only ever done spot cleaning since the full washing that was done when I moved in.

First, I found a "homemade" floor cleaner: http://yoursandmineareours.com/homemade-floor-cleaner-recipe/
I will try out the "washing soda" version because it left a dull look to my laminate floors.

Second, I included my balcony floor in the floor cleaning using a deck scrub brush, heavy duty all-purpose rags and True Blue gloves. BOY, it was dirty!!!

Third, I purchased a great mop that kept my hands high & dry and the head can be washed with nice hot water and bleach: http://www.target.com/p/libman-white-tornado-twist-mop/-/A-13302299?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C13302299&CPNG=Storage+Organization&kpid=13302299&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13302299&gclid=CK__98yY6rsCFa10QgodyxMAnw

Fourth: I have learned to love mopping floors. I can't believe how easy it was. This will happen certainly more than every 5 years.


Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/6/14 01:38 PM

This weekend's cooking theme is sweets. We will also be eating the inventory in our freezer.

I will be cooking the Sunset Magazine "breakfast" cookies that have been made by my mom and aunt decades (I won't divulge how many decades) for a Sunday cookie exchange.

I will then be making peppermint bark and white chocolate macadamia pineapple bark for tree trimming party the next weekend.


What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of December 7-8, 2013
12/6/13 06:22 PM

I finally made this recipe. It turned out AMAZING!!!! We will be enjoying carnitas for days. Thank you for this recipe. It will be a "repeat recipe."


Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipes from The Kitchn
9/3/13 04:02 PM

I always use dish washing gloves.

One time, when I was finally old enough to wash dishes, my mom looked at my hands and noticed tiny little blisters on my hands. She said, "Ah, you are allergic to dish washing soap like me." I screamed, "YAY!!! I don't have to wash dishes any more" She then said, "Come with me." She proceeded to walk me to the cupboard under the kitchen sink and hand me my first pair of dish washing gloves.

I use the True Blue gloves. You can get the water VERY hot and your hands are not burned.


Do You Wear Gloves to Wash Dishes? Reader Survey
8/27/13 11:55 AM

I use fancy/pretty wooden cigar boxes to house my remotes. Go to your local cigar shop and see if they have them for sale or if they will just give them to you. I actually saw one of my cigar boxes on the desk of Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford) in the movie 42.


Hide That Remote! 5 Pretty Storage Boxes
5/21/13 04:01 PM

This gem is from Rocco Dispirito, "Only cook and eat food with people you like - life's too short for bad food and bad company."


Notable Quotes on Dinner Parties
4/30/13 03:57 PM

I rarely have guests at my table. Friend and family meals are usually out at restaurant. We are all working professionals so the idea of cooking and cleaning for a dinner party is just not desireable. This way, we can focus on each other instead of serving, cooking and cleaning.


Inviting Guests to the Family Dinner Table
3/22/13 04:09 PM

I'm inspired. Summer project!!!!


Project Idea: Stenciled Pattern Adds Pop to a Patio Los Angeles Times
3/14/13 04:59 PM

That things that seems SSSSOOOO scary to make aren't really scary at all.

Crème brûlée (http://www.joyofcooking.com/recipe/creme-brulee), chocolate truffles (http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/medrich/0998/truffles.html#axzz2Lwvtrxq1), osso bucco (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/osso-buco-with-gremolata.html) and prime rib (http://www.lawrysonline.com/all-recipes) have to be the easiest things to make, thanks to the great recipes I have discovered over the years.

Growing up having these "fancy" dishes at restaurants I just thought I'd have to go out to eat them. Nope!!! I make them at home and impress all my friends and family.


What Have You Been Most Surprised (or Embarrassed) to Learn in the Kitchen? Reader Discussion
2/25/13 04:43 PM

I'm surprising my Valentine with "American Truffles" from Cocolat (http://www.amazon.com/Cocolat-Extraordinary-Chocolate-Alice-Medrich/dp/0446514195). This is the only recipe a make from this book. I had the pleasure of attending a hands-on class at Sur La Table with the book author Alice Medrich as well as get her autograph in my copy of the book.

I'll also making creme brulee. Thanks to the January Cure, I was able to find my torch and torch fuel.


What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of February 16-18, 2013
2/15/13 06:13 PM

This house tour made me very happy. The gnomes are adorable and not creepy at all.


Molly's Coloring Book Modern Apartment House Tour
2/15/13 03:44 PM

I'm an in awe!!! I'm mentally on my knees bowing saying, "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy."


Corey Lynn Calter's Grown Up Home House Tour
2/13/13 06:11 PM