Sienna Lace has very special memories for me. I first encountered Almond Lace cookies, from which this recipe is derived from the owner of a cooking school in Iowa. I was, at one point in my ever changing career, a traveling cooking teacher which is how I found myself in Iowa. I remember a long drive from the airport on roads that appeared to be cut straight through fields of crops. It was cold and the land lay quiet as it waited for spring before it could come to life again.
Being a city girl, I couldn’t imagine the long drive without a house, shopping center or building in site. There was an occasional stop sign but that was pretty much it! When we finally arrived at the house, it was warm and inviting with the aroma of a perfectly roasted chicken with rosemary and a side dish of sweet potatoes and apples. Dessert was the almond lace cookies. I had never seen them before and was enthralled. I also remember wondering how many I could eat before I looked boorish! It took me no time at all to ask for the recipe. Continue reading