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Monday, June 8, 2009


cookie carnival :: may round-up!

well, we did it. we tackled the macaroon (macaron, whatever)! it seems like this cookie had a bad reputation. one of being tough to make. and it scared people off! itty bitty round-up this month.

the truth is, for me, anyway, i see why this cookie is avoided. it was a pain the *bleep* to deal with. i enjoyed nothing about making or eating these. which leads me to believe i did it wrong. supposedly they are lovely and delicate and sophisticated. all i saw was a sticky mess.

perhaps i was jaded by all the "ooooh, not macaroons!?" kind of comments. perhaps i was predisposed to not like them or enjoy making them. i don't know. and i don't think i'll find out!

for those who didn't particpate but are curious, we used this recipe from williams-sonoma.

as for the round-up...thanks to everyone who came through! i really appreciate not being left alone with these stickly little buggers!

i'm super busy this week (my mother gets married this weekend), so i'm sorry to have to offer up round-up *lite*. i can't do the full write-up and get it out soon. but here are all the links and photos that i got! enjoy! see you next month!

here is all who particpated with their photo ABOVE the blurb.

candace of Candy Girl played along. read her post here.

linda of Baking Foodie was back this month. i can't seem to get a direct link to her post--check her blog here.

claire of A Little Something from Claire came along for the ride. read her post here.

amanda of Amanda's Cookin' braved the macaroon! read her post here.

carol of No Reason Needed particpated and gave groovy photography. read her post here.

steph of Steph Chows played along. read her post here.

jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes was back and so is her great photography. read her post here.

kar of Obsession made some cute ones! read her post here.

rachelle of Mommy, I'm Hungry gave us cookies in a bucket! read her post here.

juliana of horneAndo Algo was back again. read her post here.

stacey of Simply Tasty made the macs! read her post here.


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Blogger Martha said...

Hi Kate,

Enjoyed reading about your macaron experience, although I didn't participate this month.

I had my first (and only) macaron at a fancy pastry shop in Paris and I didn't like it! Call me unsophisticated if you will but I think they're overrated and just decided it wasn't worth the effort to attempt a complicated recipe for something I don't even like!

I love baking, but am always doing the cost/benefit in terms of time, effort, ingredient cost as it relates to enjoyment. I'm all about maximum reward for minimum effort.

Glad to learn you feel the same way about macarons that I do :-)

June 8, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger kate said...

martha, i know what you mean about max. enjoyment for min. effort. i'm all about it. especially in summer.

June 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Man maybe I'm just a weirdo, but I didn't think these were that complicated crazy to make... I totally had fun and made a mess with the pastry bag haha, and I think they tasted great! I'd make these again for sure :) Plus with my hazelnut chocolate replacement filling... MMMMMM bring it on!! :D

June 8, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

I read about these expensive little buggers before you posted this recipe. WOW!

I wanted to try making them but time got away from me with moving and my kids having a lot of activities to wrap up the school year.

I'm looking forward to summer so that I can get back to baking!!

June 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Carol VR said...

Definitely time consuming but so worth the effort....mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

June 8, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Cristine said...

Looks great!

I thought I had sent you my link, but I guess I forgot! Silly brain! OOPS!

June 11, 2009 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger food b!tch said...

It wasn't *as* time consuming as it could have been! I've seen recipes where you age the egg whites, twice sift the icing sugar and ground almonds, move them from one hot oven to a lower oven in between.... and these ones worked out the "best" that I've tried.

With regards to the macaroon love it or hate it - Laduree - the french place in Sex in the City, does salted caramel which is to d-i-e for... but at £10 for 8, and some other flavours which can be hit or miss, it's a pricy habit!

June 19, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

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