Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

Service on a Silver Tray

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By Sarah Lagrotteria

French macaroons on a silver tray

Here’s a great hostessing technique courtesy of my friend Aerin.  She and her boyfriend hosted a barbecue last weekend and as the evening progressed and we abandoned the grill for small group conversations here and there about the yard, Aerin emerged from the house carrying a silver tray stacked high with chocolate, hazelnut and coffee-flavored French macaroons (my favorite!).  She personally offered them up to each and every guest which was an adorable way to make us all feel special.  I love the surprise of a chic dessert served so elegantly after burgers and beer.  Wouldn’t it also be fun to serve a simple homemade dessert–like these classic cookies or these ice-cream sandwiches— at an elegant cocktail party?
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Tartine!

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By Sarah Lagrotteria

I hereby add happily to the heaps of praise given to San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. It’s my  favorite place to meet friends when I’m up north and I’m not ashamed to say that I usually go more than once (or twice) a weekend when I’m there. I love the mile-high quiche, which in this picture is stuffed with sweet corn and bacon—heavenly! Angus prefers the éclair, which has a rich and puddly vanilla crème—totally unlike the stiff pastry cream I remember from junior high French class. Check out their beautiful cookbook.

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