Welcome to Macarons and Mimi! I’m Shannon, and I’m so happy you’re here!
“Macarons” represents the things in life that I’m passionate about, the things I write about and share here at Macarons and Mimi: Classic Hollywood, creating plant-based recipes, travel (to Europe in particular!), food adventures, photography, and of course, macarons!
“Mimi” refers to my daughter, Mary Jeanne. This little girl is the light of my life! Mimi is her self-given nickname: as a toddler, MJ couldn’t pronounce her name, and ended up calling herself Mimi. When we discovered that our family’s favorite crooner, Dean Martin, sings a rendition of a song entitled “Mimi,” the nickname was sealed for good.
Classic Hollywood films and stars have been a particular passion of mine since I was nine years old, and saw a Marilyn Monroe Barbie doll ad in a Toys R Us magazine. I still haven’t lost interest! My particular favorite stars are DORIS DAY, Brigitte Bardot, Lana Turner, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Leslie Caron, Mary Tyler Moore (one of my daughter’s name sakes), Gene Tierney, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Lauren Bacall, Clark Gable, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, James Garner, Gregory Peck, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman….I should stop now.
I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in history, which I used abroad while working for an NGO in Brussels, Belgium that worked closely with the European Union. Now, the “Stars” section here at Macarons and Mimi is where I share my combined passions for Hollywood history and writing. I highlight a new star every month, the same star of the month that Turner Classic Movies features. Occasionally, I go rogue, and break from the TCM schedule.
My goal is to keep the memory of Hollywood’s Golden Age alive, to find and share my Classic Hollywood love with other fans, and maybe even help create some new fans along the way.
(And if you are a Classic Hollywood fan, be sure to check out my podcast, Vanguard of Hollywood, here!)
I have been vegetarian since 2012, and was vegan for two years, from 2013-2015. My husband joined me in plant-based eating in 2013, and we have never looked back! We love being vegetarian, and we are raising our daughter vegetarian as well.
The recipes and food photography I share here at Macarons and Mimi are all 100% created by me. I put a lot of time, testing, and love into each one! I hope you will enjoy them, and please, contact me if you wish to publish or re-post elsewhere. I’m delighted to share my creations, just contact me first.
All the recipes here at Macarons and Mimi are vegan or vegetarian, and many are naturally gluten-free, or have gluten-free substitutions. But meat eaters, please take a look! Any of my recipes can be adapted to include meat, or be used as a side dish. Or give one of my recipes a try on a Meatless Monday.
There are so many healthy ways to eat! Meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, low-carb, raw, gluten-free, etc., all ways of eating can be healthy and offer benefits. I hope vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike will enjoy my recipes and feel welcome at Macarons and Mimi!
Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you’ll enjoy Macarons and Mimi for My Recipes and The Stars.