Monday, May 3, 2010

Great Finds

Up until a couple of months ago I had no idea what a French Macaron was. But now it seems I hear about them everywhere, mostly on "Fancy Blogs" and such.I wanted to try one so badly but I had no idea where to get one. Also the recipe seemed pretty complicated (though I do plan on making them). But I wanted to try them first to see if I would even like them. While shopping at Trader Joe's I saw a box of them in the freezer aisle! I was actually quite shocked. I of course got a box so did my friend Ang who was with me ( we couldn't resist)

After trying them I decided they are totally Awesome. The texture is unlike any other cookie ( I don't even know if they are technically classified as a cookie)
Anyways they are made of mostly nuts and have a rich creamy center. I suggest you try some for yourself, and if you are up for making them Bakerella has a great recipe, though it does call for a scale which unfortunately I don't have.
Also I made this meal the other day from Becoming Betty and it totally rocked. I already want to have it again. It's a little spicy, depending on the kind of jerk sauce you use. But the flavors and textures work perfectly together. Plus it took like 20 min. to prepare so Bonus!

Pineapple Jerk Chicken
* Rachel Rays 30 min. meals

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 of a pineapple, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup jerk marinade (I used Lawry's)
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

*In a skillet, heat 2 Tbs. olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until browned. Add the remaining olive oil and increase heat a little. Season chicken with salt/pepper and add to skillet. Cook until done. Add the pineapple and jerk marinade and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir in black beans and cilantro. Cook until beans are heated through.

* I subbed the cut pineapple for canned and it was still great!

1 comment:

  1. At the grocery store yesterday I saw a box mix for macaroons...totally thought of you. I didn't look at it, but I wonder if it makes the process a little easier? Maybe I'll get it next time and try it before we leave, if it works I'll send you one! And P.S. Chocolate and Vanilla are my favorite flavors :)


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