America has chocolate chip cookies. The French have macarons. So beloved is this petite meringue sandwich, in fact, that the man behind the esteemed Relais Desserts organization, Pierre Herme, declared March 20 "Jour de Macaron" (Macaron Day). All of his sixty-some patisseries across France put aside the tarts and entremets, serving strictly macarons for one day only.
Leopold's sausage and kraut (photo by Ed Anderson)
It's been 12 months of good eating. After reviewing all my past blogs, I've pulled out some—though clearly not all—of the most delicious dishes from 2011 and listed them in no particular order. A couple are new discoveries to me (see L'Ardoise), some are rediscoveries (see Kiss), but most are new as of this year.