Ok I’m back in San Francisco for more than just a few days! Woohoo! Life’s been pretty crazy lately with all my traveling! Luckily I’m home for a few weeks before I’m off on our next adventure! This means I actually have time to get in the kitchen and whip up some recipes! This week I made some french macarons for my birthday! I’m the big 3-0!
For my birthday, I went to a wine and food event in Napa at the Culinary Institute of America. It was lots of fun, although I seem to get really awkward at these type of events because I hate approaching booths. Half the time I end up just walking up the booth and smile like an idiot and weakly attempt to have some small talk until I get my food bite or drink. Am I the only one that’s like that?
Any way, on the way we passed Bouchon Bakery. They make these gigantic chocolate covered macarons that are to die for! Sadly, they were closed when we were driving by, so my craving was never satisfied. After looking at Bouchon foodporn all night on Instagram, I decided to just make them for myself the next morning while Elara napped.
I made the filling with Recchiuti’s Burnt Caramel Sauce ( I won it at my building’s holiday dessert contest!), cookie butter, and toasted sesame sugar. I picked up a bag of toasted sesame sugar in Kyoto, but you can easily make your own! I love the nutty-ness it adds to the caramel! I picked up so many ingredients from all my travels – I’m so excited to use them all!
My biggest tip for making french macarons would be to let them rest in the fridge overnight! Macaron shells are hard when they are done baking, but when you let them sit in the fridge, the filling softened them, giving them the perfect soft texture! It makes all the difference!
All this traveling has made me appreciate home, but to be honest, I can’t wait to get back on the road! My husband has a goal to see all 50 states before he turns 30 and we still have 4 more states to go! Last week we went to Oklahoma and now we’re planning a road trip to Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota! Any suggestions on where we should go or eat?!