About Me

Welcome to Macarons and Mimi!  I’m Shannon, and I’m so happy you’re here!


The Name

“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.

My favorite indulgence, Ladurée macarons!

The Stars

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.

In front of Grauman's Chinese Theater with Mimi at Doris Day's prints!

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!)
My most popular recipe here at Macarons and Mimi, Grilled Potato Spinach Quesadillas. Click to view!

The Recipes

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.

easy chocolate ganache
My Easy Chocolate Cake with Fool-Proof Ganache. Click to view the recipe!

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!

Me with two of my favorites! Ann Sheridan (did you know she was a murder mystery heroine? Read my posts on Ann for more info!) and my most prized possession, my personalized and signed photo from Doris Day. ♥️

Thank You!

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you’ll enjoy Macarons and Mimi for My Recipes and The Stars.


I’m Shannon, thanks for visiting!  When I’m not on an adventure with my little girl, I’m developing plant-based recipes or watching a Classic Film!

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Khezee

    I’m so excited to follow along and learn delicious plant-based recipes, as well as get to know more about the Hollywood stars that set the stage for entertainment as we know it!!

    1. Shannon

      Thank you so much! They are two of my greatest passions. (: Always fun to have people to share them with!

  2. Sid Allen (Uncle Sid)

    Enjoyed your website very much. Shannon. Great to know we have two wonderful things in common, classic movies and Prague!
    And the food looks great, too. My wife Ruby will enjoy learning about your recipes.

    1. Shannon

      Thanks Uncle Sid! So awesome to have a fellow old movie fan and Prague-lover to chat with! I hope Ruby enjoys the recipes too!

  3. Cathy Stidham

    I’m so excited to see what you have created here!!
    I’m going to try the pasta recipe!!
    You have a talent in writing also!!!

    1. Shannon

      Awww thank you so so much!!!! What a wonderful compliment, you are too kind!! Yay!!! That is so excellent thank you, and please let me know how you like it! So happy you’re here!! ❤️

  4. Sarah

    What a wonderful blog! Couldn’t stop reading! So many fun things!

    1. Shannon

      Thank you so much Sarah! You just made my day! Thank you for reading, and hope you have a lovely day! ❤️

  5. Aunt Susie

    I’m excited to try your recipes, Shannon – listen to your podcast and read the backstory on all my old Hollywood favorites! My love for the oldies but goodies all started with my mother watching afternoon movies hosted by Pippa Scott. Those black and white classics hooked me! Nothing better!
    Can’t wait to dig in to everything you have to offer. A question , do you also have podcasts hosted by sweet Mary ????

    1. Shannon

      Thank so much Susie! Awww what sweet memories, and what a beautiful introduction to classic films. ♥️. Haha Mary Jeanne actually warms up the mic for me each week. She’ll have to do her own episode one of these days!

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