Macaroon Me

16 Jun 2011
Our Favorite Places posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

With Tin Roof right next door it's sometimes difficult to be disciplined.  Sandwiches, salads, soups and quiche are displayed for savory treats while cookies, muffins, scones, cake, pie, chocolate and much more are available to satisfy any sweet tooth.  As I like to maintain a paleo lifestyle there's not much that I usually treat myself to... but it's hard to resist their macaroons. 

(Flavors galore including watermelon on the far right).

Made famous by the famous French patissier Ladurée, these small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle,are made from blanched almond flour, egg whites, and yes, sugar (so while maybe not technically 'paleo' they are gluten-free).

Derived from the Italian amaretti cookie which was supposedly created by Italian monks in the shape of belly buttons and then brought to France in 1533 with the pastry chefs of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II, the macaroon was refined by French Patissiers and quicky became a staple in France.

Made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”, the pastry chefs measure out very precisely the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar.  Once cooked and filled, the macaroons are put to one side for 2 days before going on sale, the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavor.

Perfection at it's best... and let's not forget about the strong influence of color!  Working in an interior design business (hopelessly right next door to Tin Roof), we all know how effective the right color can be.  With so many different color and flavor combinations the Tin Roof makes it almost impossible to refuse one of these goodies. 

The best thing however may just be the size... not too big, almost bite size.  Just the perfect amount of sweet on a hot summers day. 

What's your favorite macaroon flavor?

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June…Week Two

13 Jun 2011
Our Projects posted by Nan Tofanelli

 

Finally, after trying to get together for two years, I met Beth and Russell. Beth had met Sara at our store and asked if I would ever come to Quincy to do a consultation. Sara encouraged Beth to call me. We made several appointments to get together but between her busy schedule, my erratic schedule, weather and whatever else , we kept changing our meetings. Last Friday we finally met at their beautiful ranch in Quincy.

Their 1880 brick house built by the Chandlers (early settlers of that area) was such a delight to visit. A footbridge over a rushing stream guided us to the kitchen door. Lush greenery and blooming rhododendrons and iris were an added bonus to the delightful owners...Beth and Russell. We spent an hour or two talking about a master plan for the changes they wanted to do to their home. I suggested a different arrangement for their living room furniture, we picked some tentative wall colors and I measured windows for possible Roman shades. All in all a very pleasant first visit. We hope to get together soon at our showroom to have them sit in a few sofas and look at area rugs. Thank you Beth and Russell for sharing your beautiful home with us!  

Nan

 

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This is Cody

09 Jun 2011
Our Stories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

Most of you know Cody.  Up until recently, he was the Nantucket Home delivery man.  Cody worked  with us for years. And through the years he became part of our family. Reliable, trustworthy, sweet, honest and talented are just a few reasons why we all miss him.    

This is Cody... as usual putting up with our shenanigans (when not creating his own).

We recently had a going away party for Cody.  He moved to the Sacramento area to accept a great job offer after graduating from Chico State with a degree in Construction Management. 

The guys played bocce... always a hit on a nice evening.  Here's (from left) Justin, Cody with Rocco on his shoulders, Brian and Chris (behind) enjoying the court.

We ate dinner and enjoyed dessert...with everyone who could make it from the shop.  Here's Rocco getting in the way of the bocce ball game (as the bocce court is also his tricycling field).  Lauren and Mike rode their bikes over which proved to be a wet and scary ride home through the park in one of Chico's lightning storms, at least it was well-lit.

Janet graced us with one of her beautiful floral arrangements she put together for the event.  Luckily, Cody left them for me to care for!

And the three little ones who adore Cody; Luca, Rocco and Mason, and who are equally sad to see their playmate go. His big smile would always put smiles on the faces of everyone around him. We tease that he was our resident 'flirt'. 

Cody, we'll miss you but are so happy you happened into our lives!  Come visit soon.

Sara

 

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