No lie: macarons can be fairly finicky to make, in that they might spread into uneven shapes or form dark spots on their tops -- but even if they're not as beautiful as bakery specimens, they will still be delicious. The smooth chocolate ganache filling sandwiches the light, chewy-inside, delicately-crisp-outside chocolate macarons together, for a classic French dessert you shouldn't be afraid to try making.
A Refreshing Jamaican Rum Cocktail
In this week's episode of CHOW Happy Hour, Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco makes the Pampanito, a rum cocktail made from sugarcane molasses and lemon juice. He reveals how his travels in Jamaica inspired the drink, but the name evolved back home in San Francisco.
Morgenthaler has two requirements for the cocktails he makes. First, they’ve got to be incredibly delicious, to satisfy his very demanding palate. But second, they’ve got to be as easy as possible to make, because he’s one of the laziest people you’ll ever meet. His method for making spiced rum at home satisfies both those requirements.