I think Madeleines (also known as French Butter Cakes) are one of the cutest treats around. Shaped like little seashells, they're moist and full of flavor and make you feel elegant even if you're dunking them into luke-warm coffee for breakfast. When I was little, the man who worked at the deli in the grocery store would slip me one whenever I'd come in and they've been a favorite of mine ever since. I followed this recipe (I found 11 minutes in the oven was sufficient) and have since decided that they make an excellent snack any time of the day.
My fiancé jokes that every holiday is "my favorite" since I get overly giddy about each approaching one. I can say with certainty though, that Saint Patrick's Day has never really done it for me. Sure, I try to wear green to avoid getting pinched, but the thrill of tinted beer ...read more