Gourmet Made Deliciously Simple

Welcome to Sweet & Savory by Shinee

  • Are you throwing another party and need some inspiration for your menu?
  • Perhaps, you’re looking for a gorgeous homemade layer cake for a birthday party, or elegant pastry for a bridal shower?
  • Or are you having a laid-back game-day gathering with friends and looking for an amazing appetizer menu?

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Sweet & Savory by Shinee is the place to help you throw the most delicious party where your guests’ll rave about that beautiful cake you’ve made, those dainty little macarons you’ve successfully baked in your own kitchen, and where your amazing game-day spread leaves your guests happy and satisfied (no matter whose team wins).

I believe food brings people closer. Making a special day even more special with beautiful gourmet food- surrounded with family and a good laughter– should never be daunting. That’s why I’m committed to making made-from-scratch gourmet easy and approachable. You can now add extra joy to any kind of gathering with delicious gourmet food. Culinary degree not required! If you follow my directions, you’ll get perfect results every time. If I can do it, you can do it!

Don’t take my word for it though. Check out what my readers say about delicious, yet gorgeous food they’ve made for special occasions:

“Thank you for this amazing (chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling) recipe. Made it for my friend’s birthday cake and it turned out incredible. Was absolutely a hit.”

“My second ever attempt at macarons… They look amazing! Thank you so much for this recipe, instructions were perfect and I can’t believe how fantastic they look. Not to mention, taste great.”

“Just want to let you know that I tried your bacon chicken meatballs served with the sauce for our usual party night. Everyone loved the meatballs, especially the sauce! We almost dipped the sauce on every bite of the meatballs.”

See? Now you too can treat your loved ones with homemade gourmet for any occasion without breaking a sweat. Imagine those big smiles on everyone’s face at the party as you bring out that beautiful cake YOU’ve made!

Now, a little bit about me…

I’m a small town girl with big city cravings…

Living in rural North Dakota and not having access to many restaurants and bakeries, I craved impressive desserts on special occasions and big city flavors in my everyday life. You see, one thing (and probably the only thing) I absolutely loved living in Los Angeles is the diverse food I’ve experienced there. From pretty macaron shops to neighborhood Italian restaurants, I got to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.

Now, since my favorite bakery is more than 100 miles away, I had to learn to bake gourmet desserts from scratch. And instead of driving to the next town (30 miles away!) for a nice meal, I wanted quick n’ easy yet special dinners that I can make right in my own kitchen.

Through numerous trials and errors and consulting my trusted cookbooks, I’ve created approachable recipes with easy-to-follow directions to satisfy my cravings for gourmet eats.

I don’t miss big city food anymore (well, maybe a little…) because now I can impress my friends and family with a batch of beautiful macarons and celebrate birthdays with homemade layer cake from scratch, right here in my own kitchen. Nothing makes me happier and more accomplished than seeing my loved ones enjoy my beautiful- and delicious– creations.

…Besides spending countless hours in the kitchen, traveling is another passion of mine. In fact, I uprooted myself from my homeland, Mongolia, a decade ago to explore the world. How and why I settled in ND is a whole another story for another day. But you can read some of my travel journals right here.

Yellowstone National Park
Me and my husband at Yellowstone National Park

I live with my husband, Garrat. He is a rancher by day, a handyman on demand, a plant nerd all year-round and my #1 taste-tester in the kitchen.

In January, 2016, we welcomed our son Grant into this world, and now, we’re a happy family of 3. You can read more about our little guy here.

Baby-3

Now your turn. Don’t be a stranger, introduce yourself in the comments below and tell me something about you. I’d love to get to know you too.

Oh and one more thing… If you make any of my recipes, I’d love to see how it turns out. Make sure to submit your photo here to contribute to our community corner, where I feature all of your creations. Nothing feels more rewarding than seeing all your creations!! You too can check out what others have made right here on our community page.

Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s an absolute pleasure having you here.

P.S. If we’re not connected on Facebook yet, please come join me over there and watch my short n’ sweet video recipes. I also share some behind the scene photos on Instagram, if you’re into that kind of stuff. 😉

xo,

Shinee

32 comments

  1. I found your blog when I was troubleshooting Macarons.  I haven’t actually made them again since my last failure (it’s lovely though to have failures still be delicious, isn’t it?!), but I will be trying the recipes here to see if they solve my macaron issues. 

    • Hey, April! So glad you found my blog, and welcome! 🙂 Yeah, even failed macarons are tasty treats, which is awesome. Hope you’ll get your perfect macarons soon, and let me know if there’s anything I can help you to troubleshoot further.

  2. Hi Shinee – I just found your site when searching for steelhead trout recipes. I made your pan seared steelhead with lemon & garlic sauce tonight, and it was a hit – and I’m sure we’ll be having it again soon! Although I’m a little old lady who has been cooking forever, I’m not great at it, and tend to get stuck in boring ruts… so I appreciate learning from someone younger with a flair for the unusual. Thanks!

    • Beth, I’m so glad you’ve tried that trout recipe and happy to hear it was hit! I hope you try other recipes too, and let me know if there’s anything I can help with.

  3. I found your blog through the no-flour almond cookies recipe. Haven’t tried it yet but judging from the photos on Pinterest they can’t go wrong:-D Enjoyed reading about your food adventures, they sound so similar to mine!!@_@! I love making gourmet deserts on the fly:-) So gonna check out the recipes soon and will def be coming back for more;-)

    • Hi, SherryShi! Those almond cookies are reader favorite. I get lots of rave reviews on that recipe. I hope you’ll love them too. So happy you’ve found my blog, and I hope you try some of my recipes. Always feel welcome to leave your feedback, if you try any of my recipes. Enjoy!

  4. We just came back fromFrance and my teenage daughter became addicted to very pricey and delicious  Laduree macaroons. Her favorite are pistachio . Thanks for tips and recipe will be making soon.
    Sofia

    • Hi, Sofia! So glad you found my blog. Pistachio macarons were one my top favorites at Laduree!! Hope you’ll make and enjoy those dainty treats! Let me know if you need any help. 🙂

  5. So happy to found your blog????

  6. what I like the most about your blog is you do not try too hard. for a leaner in bakers 101 , I can easily try your recipes with success if I must say myself.

    Thanks for giving me new love of all things cooking..

  7. Hi Shinee! I have been following your blog for a while now. i love your recipes, and your gorgeous pictures really draw me in and make me want to rush in the kitchen and cook something sweet from your blog. In one word, your blog is splendid! 
    I m excited to find another food blogger who is so international as you are. 🙂 I m from Bulgaria and i understand some Russian too! 🙂
    Thought i ll stop by and say Hello! I would be glad to connect with you and keep in touch! 🙂 
    Neli

  8. Hi Shinee
    Came upon your blog by chance.  Fabulous. Keep it up…

  9. I’m so glad we’ve connected thru blogging! I love your work, and the new site looks fabulous! 

    I look forward to keep in touch with you through food! 

    xoxo
    Kayiu 🙂

  10. Awesome blog! Start trying your recipes right away 😀

  11. Hi Shinee,
    Just wanted to say thank you for all the great recipes, I love your blog. I will most definitely try some of your recipes, they look great.

  12. I don’t know how I found this BLOG, but I am in LOVE. I made the Lemon Macaroon’s as my first recipe, I have never made Macaroon’s in my life. They turned out amazing. Thank you, I am hooked. Can’t wait to make something new.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Vanessa
    Saskatchewan, Canada

    • Hi, Vanessa! I’m so happy that you found my blog, and more importantly you made the macarons! They are best, aren’t they? Thanks so much for such a sweet comment, and hope to see you around. 🙂

  13. Just saw your blog and really like it… – i have sign up for weekly updates – thanks for sharing your recipes and step by step pictures….they are really helpful for starters in baking….

    • Hi, Linda! Welcome and thank you! I’m glad that you like my recipes and instructions. If you ever have a question, feel free to leave a comment and ask.

  14. My BFF is Mongolian!
    I love your blog, I think we have similar taste. Def. following~

  15. Frog legs were weirdest thing I ate too! 🙂 I will definitely try your recipes and let you know how they come out 🙂

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