Jolene’s Blog

Find some bargains at Woodruff Place Flea Market

Jun 6th, 2014 | Events, Jolene’s Blog, News

I love the Woodruff Place Flea Market. I’ve found some great stuff there over the years: furniture, books, a cool lamp and a kitchen stool with fold-out steps that we used literally until it fell apart. One year, we had our eye on a gumball machine, but weren’t willing to pay the asking price for … more »

Macaron-making advice from chef Jacquy Pfeiffer

Jun 1st, 2014 | Cook, Events, Jolene’s Blog, News

Here are a few things I learned about pastry in general, and macarons in particular, during pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer’s demo at the Indianapolis City Market yesterday — and if you want to learn some pretty cool stuff too (and get to sample a fabulous macaron), head to the Ivy Tech culinary facility at 2820 … more »

Snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches

May 31st, 2014 | Cook, Jolene’s Blog, News

I just had to post this — an easy dessert to bring out after a weekend cookout. I’m not the biggest snickerdoodle fan, but the cinnamony cookies were great filled with vanilla ice cream. Easy to make (well, okay, I didn’t make the cookies — John did — but as ice cream sandwiches, they were … more »

Pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer to visit Indy

May 30th, 2014 | Events, Jolene’s Blog, News

So this is very cool — acclaimed pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, will be in Indianapolis this weekend for book signings and demos.  Pfeiffer, who is the author of the James Beard award-winning cookbook, The Art of French Pastry, will be at Circle City Sweets in the Indianapolis City … more »

Shrubs turn fruit and vinegar into cocktails

Last fall I discovered shrubs, the fruit and vinegar syrups that were originally a Colonial-era way to preserve fruit but which can be used to create terrific cocktails.  Shrubs, or drinking vinegars, can be mixed with sparkling water for a non-alcoholic drink or with a compatible spirit (such as bourbon) for a great cocktail. In … more »
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