french baby shower | a couple of amateurs

bébé shower

Exciting news, guys! We’ve added a new member to our party planning team! And by “we” I mean Chelsea and Anthony, who welcomed their daughter to this world last month. She is so tiny and sweet and beautiful, and now that she’s a few weeks old I figured I’d better

peppermint macarons | christmas cookies | a couple of amateurs

peppermint macarons

Earlier this year – before I had ever attempted to make macarons – I did literally hours of online research on how not to ruin them. Use old eggs. Leave the whites out at room temperature for 3 days. Dry out the piped shells on the counter before putting them in

french baguette

I had tried baking my own bread before. I had tried so many styles. The end result was always a boring-looking loaf that was much too dense and had decent but unremarkable flavor. I had comes to terms with the fact that only professional bakers could achieve that light, chewy center

french picnic

Our group of friends has a rotating dinner party, with a different theme and different host each month. This month’s theme was French Picnic, chosen by our pal Nicole who is a professionally trained and amazingly talented pastry chef. Nicole made a huge selection of desserts, and the guests brought the

tomato tarte tatin

Before we jump into this recipe, let me take a moment to pen a love letter to tomatoes. I love tomatoes. They are delicious and healthy. And beautiful. And versatile! My husband once took me to a restaurant in Vancouver that had a special menu for one month of the summer where every dish