Diy Chanel Vase

DIY Chanel Vase
Ahhh one of my favorites. Coco Mademoiselle smells so good. Yes I used all of it, but couldn’t part with this beautiful little bottle. So why not fill my home with my favorites, right? I thought it would be fun to repurpose this bottle into a small bud vase.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Empty glass bottle
Eye protection
Gloves
Marker
Water in a squeeze bottle (I actually used an empty Sriracha bottle)
How To:
-Put on your eye protection, gloves, and mask…working with glass dust can be dangerous, especially if you’re a newbie! So make sure you’re suited up.
-Use a marker to draw a guide line around the bottle.
-Lay your bottle on its side.
-Turn on your Dremel tool with the diamond wheel and start cutting along the marked line.
-***You’ll need and extra pair of hands to squirt a few drops of water on the blade while you cut (don’t get water above the attachment site on the Dremel). This will help prevent the glass from heating up and fracturing. Always keep the cut line wet.
-Go over your cut line a few times — gradually getting deeper into the glass until it cracks off.  Keep the cut even around the whole bottle. Cut a little at a time on each side.
-After the top is off, you’ll want to clean up the sharp edges with your diamond blade. Make sure it’s smooth and safe.




Cooking Class With Mom {+ Fancy French Recipes}

I took a fun cooking class with my Mom, Susan and Andria last week. It was lead by some awesome culinary high school students at the Orange County School of the Arts {OCSA}. It was a fun night out!

Here are all the yummy recipes that we made (slightly modified…by moi.)
Wild Mushroom Duxelles

Yields 8 oz.

1/4 cup shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 oz. butter
1 lb. mushrooms chopped {we used a combination of shiitake and white}
1/2 cup. white wine
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper

– In a lg. saute’ pan sweat shallots and garlic in butter 2-3 minutes until translucent
– Add mushrooms and saute’ until soft, wilted and dry.
– Deglaze with white wine and reduce until au sec {almost dry}
– Add cream and reduce by half. Add parsley, salt and pepper.

– Use Duxelles to fill puff pastry vol-au-vents.

Crab Cakes & Remoulade Sauce

Yields 8 – 2 oz. cakes

1 shallot minced
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup oz. mayonnaise
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 fl. oz. pommery mustard
1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
1 tsp. chives, sliced thin
hot sauce (to taste)
1 tsp. old bay seasoning, optional
1 1/2 cups crab meat, picked
2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
more panko, for dredging

-Heat a saute pan and sweat the shallots in the oil until translucent. Cool.
-Combine the shallots with the next 8 ingredients
-Fold the mayonnaise mixture into the crab meat without shredding the meat. Fold in the bread crumbs and salt & pepper
-Divide the mixture into 2 oz. servings and form into small cakes, 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 3/4 inches thick. Dredge in extra panko crumbs.
-Fry the crab cakes in the hot vegetable oil until golden brown on both sides
-Drain on a paper towel

-Serve immediately with Remoulade Sauce

Remoulade Sauce

Yields 8 oz.

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. capers, drained and chopped
1 tbsp. chive, sliced thin
1 tbsp. tarragon, chopped
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 anchovy filet, minced
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. creamy white horseradish
salt & pepper (to taste)
Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
hot sauce (to taste)

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready.

Crème Brûlée

Yields 4-5 servings

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar (separated 1/4)
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean (scrapped)
4 egg yolks, beaten
granulated sugar for topping
strawberries for topping

-Split the vanilla bean in half, scrapping the fine seeds from the pod.  Add both the pod and the seeds to the heavy cream, 1/4 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt, bring to a boil, stirring to prevent the milk from burning. Remove from heat.
-Beat egg yolks in a small bowl and add the rest of the sugar (1/4 cup) to the yolks.
-Slowly add the yolks to the cream mixture while stirring. *If you add the yolks too fast, it may cook and clump in the hot cream mixture. Be sure to slowly temper the yolks into the hot cream. Stir, stir, stir!
-Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the vanilla bean pod.
-Ladle the strained custard into ramekins, filling them 3/4 full.
-Bake in a water bath at 325F until just set, about 35 minutes or until the mixture is set in the center. the crème brûlée should wiggle slightly when shaken. Let cool to room temperature before putting in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
-To finish the creme brulee evenly coat each custard’s surface with a thin layer of sugar. Use a propane torch to melt and caramelize the sugar. Serve at room temperature

-Top with strawberries if desired

Molten Chocolate Cake
French Cooking Class
Yields 1 dz.

4 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
14 oz. bitter sweet chocolate
14 oz. butter
6 oz. all purpose flour, sifted

-Whip eggs, yolks and sugar together in a bowl. Set aside
-In a bain marie (double boiler) melt the chocolate and butter together, constantly mixing to incorporate the butter into the chocolate.
-Temper the egg mixture into the melted chocolate. Pour the egg mixture slowly (while stirring) into the hot chocolate to avoid cooking the eggs.
-Add sifted flour
-Grease small ramekins or muffin tin and fill the cups 3/4 of the way full
-Bake at 350F for about 8-10 min. The middle should be slightly under cooked.
Pictures:1,2,4,5

Tarte Tatin in Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce {French Caramel Apple Tart}

 
Tarte Tatin, the famed French caramel apple tart is a classic. No matter how perfect or imperfect it looks on the plate, a tarte tatin will taste heavenly. Pastry dough is placed over the top of caramelized apples and then baked in the oven. The tart is then inverted to reveal the buttery caramel soaked apples in all their glory. It is especially delicious served with scoops of ice cream or my vanilla bean custard sauce.
Tarte Tatin
Ingredients:
10 green apples (peeled)
1 9-inch pie crust dough (or store bought if you’re lazy like me)
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional)
Directions:
Peel, cut (in half) and core apples. Set aside.
In a 9-inch saucepan (with metal handle), melt butter and stir in sugar, salt and vanilla bean paste. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon. The sugar will melt and start to form a caramel sauce. It’s OK if there is a layer of butter floating on top. Don’t worry – it’s not a dig deal.
Once the caramel has turned a light brown color, lower the flame to a simmer and carefully place all the apples in the saucepan. Make sure to evenly coat the apples with the caramel. Let the apples simmer for 10 minutes or so – stir occasionally.
Fun part. Use two forks to stack the apples on their sides (as if they were piggy backing each other – see picture). Make sure to fill your entire pan. Place a few apples in the center to fill the hole.
Place the 9 inch pie crust over the top of the apples and tuck the edges in.
Place in a 400 degree oven on the top rack and bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Be sure to place a tray on the rack below to catch any juices that may boil over.
Take the tarte tatin out of the oven and wait for it to cool before flipping. Place a plate over the top of the saucepan and flip it quickly to avoid any sugary juices from dripping out.
Drizzle with vanilla bean custard sauce.
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While the tart is cooling, you can prepare the custard sauce.
Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce
Ingredients:
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
4 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons sugar
Directions:
Place whipping cream in a saucepan. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.  Bring cream to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a metal bowl to blend. Whisk in hot cream. Return mixture to saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until custard thickens. About 5 minutes.  Do not boil or scald the sauce. Cover and refrigerate custard sauce until cold, about 3 hours.
(This can be prepared 1 day ahead if desired. Keep refrigerated.)
 

Tarte Tatin in Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce {French Caramel Apple Tart}


Feeling Frenchy

Frenchy
I’m feeling a little Frenchy after posting the Macaron recipe. So purdy. Gaaaaaaw

Laduree French Macaron Recipe


I made a batch of  French Macarons the other day. Boy do I love these little things, but they are a pain to make…until I tried this recipe! Daniel and I honeymooned in Europe and we stopped in Paris to try the ever coveted Ladurée macarons. They were amazing! I picked up their English Sucré cookbook so I could make them at home. Be patient, say a prayer and they will turn out beautiful. 

This is a macaron shell recipe from Ladurée — the crème de la crème of macarons in the world! And I whipped up the filling recipe myself…

Makes approximately 50 macarons
Bake at 300F
 
Macaron Shell Ingredients
2 ¾ cups + 1 tbsp (275 g) fine almond flour
2 cups + 1 tbsp (250 g) confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
6 +1/2 egg whites (room temp)
1 cup + 1 tbsp (210g) granulated white sugar
3 drops of whatever food coloring you desire
 
Directions for Macaron Shells:
1. Combine the ground almond flour and the confectioners sugar in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the mixture resembles a fine powder {do not over mix or you will end up with paste! Nooo!}. Sift through a sieve to remove any lumps.
 
2. In a large bowl {I use my KitchenAid}, whisk 6 egg whites until foamy. Once they are frothy, add a third of the granulated sugar {precisely 83.3 oz}. Whip until the sugar has dissolved. Add another third of the sugar. Whip for 1 minute. Add the last third of the sugar and whip for one minute. Egg whites should be glossy and hold soft peaks. Using a spatula, delicately fold the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar into the whipped egg whites. In a separate bowl, beat the remaining 1/2 egg white until just frothy. Then add it to the final mixture, folding gently to slightly loosen the macaron batter.
 
3. If you only want to make one color of macarons, then add your desired food coloring to the batter bowl. If you want multiple colors, divide your batter into separate bowls and add coloring to each. Try not to over mix.
 
4. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag {you can also use zip lock bags with a cut corner}. Pipe small macaron rounds 1 1/2 inches in diameter onto a  lined baking sheet. I like to line mine with a silpat or this fancy macaron mat. Parchment paper will also do. Lightly tap the tray on the counter to release any air pockets. Allow the macarons to sit uncovered for 10 minutes, so a thin dry coat forms on the top {you should be able to gently touch them without the batter sticking to your finger}. Now they are ready for the oven. Only bake one tray at a time. Bake at 300F for approximately 15 minutes or until they form a smooth shell and little foot.  
*You can prepare the next tray while you wait for the first batch to bake.
5. Ok here is where you’ll need to be extra patient. Wait until the macarons have completely cooled before peeling them off the mat. If they stick, they are not ready. * My method {because I’m impatient} to speed things up, try placing the hot baking sheet on top of cold damp dishtowels. This can cut your waiting time in half!
 
Macaroon Filling Ingredients
8 tbsp jam
4 tbsp soft butter
splash of whipping cream
Fills approximately 50 macarons 
{If you want to make different flavors on a smaller scale just measure 2:1 ratio for jam and butter}
 
Macaron Filling Instructions
Easy part!
1. You can use any flavor you want. For these macarons, I made different flavors for each color — peach, strawberry, blueberry and chocolate. Mmmmm. My friend gave me some amazing homemade jams that I mixed with butter and a splash of whipping cream.  Your measurements will vary depending on how much filling you want for each flavor. Just mix jelly, butter and whipping cream until you reach a semi-solid consistency at room temp. This one is pretty hard to mess up.  
*I used Nutella for the chocolate hazelnut filling.
 
Good luck my friends!

^^^ Whipping the egg whites and sugar                       ^^^Smooth shell and little foot!                                                  Laduree French Macaron Recipe
Done!
^^^Blood orange and framboise macarons from Lauduée on our honeymoon.
We jumped on a bus and took our macarons to the Eiffel Tower. Cliche? Yes. But this was a perfect moment for us. We sat on a park bench, gazed at the tower and savored every bite of of these Frenchy treats. Macarons, a pretty day in Paris and the love of my life… what more could I want!