Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In my Kitchen: Annemarie from Brunch at Saks

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. 
My cooking bible: Blogs like Gluten Free Goddess and Tasty Eats At Home

 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 
2 egg whites, room temperature
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.


  1. Love Annemarie! And I can't live without my Le Creuset dutch oven either :) xoxo

  2. I look forward to attempting the meringue. Thanks for the wonderful post!

  3. I am going on the hunt for that ice cream she mentioned, our sitter has a gluten/dairy allergy so I am always looking for great treats for her to have when she is with the boys!!

  4. mmm! Meringue! I love that stuff!


  5. Of course she would have amazing taste! And I have the exact same color mixer!

  6. My KitchenAid is that color and I just adore it. Not only is it a total work horse, but it's such a fun "pop" of color on my counter!

  7. such gorgeous kitchens! love this series!


  8. I love the whites kitchen ;D

  9. there is some really great examples of kitchens there. I have a tiny flat in london so i do think these will fit lol. Maybe i can pull a couple of design ideas from it though the rustic feel of first pictures is what i want to achieve.

  10. Utterly beautiful, I love reading about other peopel's eating habits and lifestyle.

  11. Anne Marie is awesome. I am going to try that recipe for sure! xo

  12. Love meringue cookies! Definitely going to try that recipe!

    blair @ scsd

  13. Meringues are so yummy and light. I will make these for sure!

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  14. her blog is so great! love getting to know more about her...mmm, the meringues sound yummy :)

  15. I am in love with that second kitchen. Amazing!

  16. I loved this post! I will have to try that recipe and I would love that aqua kitchen aid. Cooking is my favorite thing to do.


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