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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lavender Shortbread

Growing up, my mother was on the receiving end of a Victorian magazine subscription. Combined with that and frequent visits to the Dana Power House in Nipomo, I came away with a romanticized vision of the Victorian era. During that time period, it was not uncommon to incorporate edible flowers into many of their delicate confections.

Some of these edible flowers are roses, lavender, pansies (including Johnny Jump Ups), violets and even borage. These flowers can be crystallized and used as natural decorations to cakes and cookies.

I had wanted to create something accessible to the modern palate while still paying homage to the bygone era. Thus the quest for the cookie began. I had a general idea of what I had wanted, but I was worried about the strength of the lavender, because if you use too much, it tastes like you are eating soap....yeah, that sounds scrumptious.

What came of this experiment was a recipe which yielded a light, buttery, and amazingly crisp cookie with just a subtle taste of lavender notes, trailing at the tail end of each bite. I decided to finish it off with a drizzle of white chocolate to raise its elegance.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Current Happenings

It has been a couple of weeks since last I posted. What have I been doing? Taking a vacation?

While a vacation sounds nice, it is not what I've been up to. Last week my brother and sister-in-law came into town, and my mother threw them a couples baby shower. (I'm going to be an auntie! I'm so excited :D) It was done very nicely, and thanks to much help from friends, it reached a professional, magazine photo shoot level (at least to my eye).

The invitation was drawn by my mother:
Please note that relevant information has been left out or changed.

The menu line up was fantastic:
Pulled pork, roasted zucchini, asparagus, stuffed baby mushrooms, sausage, coleslaw, salad with raspberries and blueberries, and mom's homemade macaroni and cheese. Oh, it was gorgeous.

Of course, a meal isn't complete without dessert.....and that is where my contribution came in. Mom designed a "Milk and Cookies" bar. Cowboys, Monsters, Lavender Shortbread, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Triple Play (Chad renamed them "Cal Ripkin), Snickerdoodles, and of course, Chocobloc.

This party idea is so cute and refreshing, it makes me want to invite my friends over for milk and cookies. Who can turn down a cookie?