Annemarie and her blog Brunch at Saks was one of the very first blogs I read and I still love love love madly! Annemarie often posts recipes she has made and I know she enjoys her cooking so I thought she would be a great fit to the series. Check her secrets and yummy recipe!
Eat in or out: Eat in. I have a gluten, dairy, and soy allergy, so most of the time I am in the kitchen as soon as I get home.
Take away or restaurant: Both are fun, depending on the type of day/week it's been!
I cook for ... usually just my boyfriend and me, but I love cooking for family and friends as well.
Healthy food: I love pretty much all veggies and fruit.
Indulgence: Luna & Larry's coconut bliss ice cream. It's gluten and dairy free, and oh so good!
Weekend Meal: In the winter it's some sort of soup, and in the summer something light, like cold pasta salad made with gluten free noodles.
Date Dinner: Either filet mignon or grilled fish, paired with steamed veggies and a baked potato.
Quick fix: Tacos!
My kitchen is: intimidating, yet the place I love being in the most.
Favorite gadget(s): My Martha Stewart aqua Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.
In the kitchen, I couldn't leave without: Le Creuset dutch oven.
Annemarie is moving to a new apartment so she couldn't send me pics of her own kitchen but here are some of the fantastic ones she has shared in her blog lately.
My must ingredients: I use basil, thyme, and parsley a lot. And sea salt, too!
Spicy or Mild: A little of both.
My recipe: French Vanilla Meringue
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 185 F
Using the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form (about 5-8 minutes).
Switch to paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed, slowly adding in powdered sugar and vanilla.
Mix until shiny and satin like, about 12-15 minutes.
Scoop meringue into a pastry or zip-lock bag and pipe onto parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 2 hours, until crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside.