Friday, June 22, 2012

You had me at lemon and lavender!

Meet Michelle:  Teacher, baker and creator of the blog, "From Calculus to Cupcakes." I was introduced to her over at Foodie Friends Friday, a wonderful recipe collective web page. These are her lemon lavender shortbread cookies:

One of my favorite treats is this herbilicious shortbread and Michelle has taken hers to the next level by adding a cream cheese filling. How delightful!

If you haven't eaten or tried cooking with lavender, I really hope you will. It intrigued me for sometime before I had a chance to use some locally-grown buds here in the Blue Ridge, and when I did, it was everything you can imagine. Floral, yes, but not overly perfume-y, and the addition of citrus is brilliant.

I recently purchased a half-pound of dried lavender buds for 11.49 via and they are lovely, delicately scenting the whole house when I opened my package. I make a delicious, rustic ciabatta-type bread using lavender and walnuts, but beyond culinary uses, you can also sprinkle the buds in bathwater for a relaxing soak.

I don't know how Michelle finds time to be a teacher, bake yummy shortbread AND write about it, but I'm glad she does. Check out her blog for more recipes of delicious treats like Teacup Muffins, homemade ice cream and lots more.

Happy Foodie Friends Friday, everybody!


  1. I have been wanting to experiment with lavender. I don't live anywhere near a Trader Joes (my favorite store), so when I am near one I usually load up on spices. One of the spices I picked up the last time I was there was lavender pepper....I love it!! And I am probably going to cry when I run out.

  2. Oooh, tell us how you use the lavender pepper!

  3. OMG! these look amazing! i have to try them!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my recipe! It is one of my favorites!