Before we get started with our giveaway post, let’s take a little journey down the road of differentiating between our friends the macaron and macaroon.
The sandwich-like French macaron that we’ll be highlighting today is more of a meringue cookie, getting its light, airy texture from egg whites. The Southern coconut macaroon, however, can be differentiated by it’s outer coating of shredded coconut and condensed milk. The biggest difference? While the macaroon can be whipped up rather quickly, the dainty macaron is much more complex and downright intimidating to some (like me).
One is pronounced macarON.
And one macaROON.
Now, why am I telling you all this and schooling you like you should be jotting down notes?
Because a few months ago while I was at BlogHer I had a rather unfortunate macaron situation.
One of the vendor booths was readily supplying macarons in girl scout cookie flavors.
Oh yes, my friends.
Thin mint macarons.
Samoa flavored macarons.
Are you drooling yet?
Outloud and to no one in particular, I made the following statement: “oh look, they’re putting out more macaroons”.
I will admit, I say macaROONS when I’m referring to macarONs in casual conversations.
I struck a nerve with THE most rude foodie who overhead and elected to preach to me on the difference between the macarON and the macaROON.
Y’all, my heritage is French.
I know the difference.
But just as I don’t run around town pointing out that my name is Ah-May, (my grandmother is the only one who actually uses the accent mark over my 1st e), I also don’t run around rolling my “r”‘s while saying macarons.
I politely defended that I know the difference, “but who really says it with the French accent”?
To which she alerted me that everyone but me, in fact, does.
I sorta wanted to put my hand on my hip and say “do you know my friend just wrote a book on macarons? do you? do you?” but I just walked away instead.
Since that encounter I’ve heard it mispronounced on The Today Show.
And then again at the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen last weekend.
I say all this to say, I really hope that rather you say tomaTOE, or taMATo, potaTOE, or paTATo, macarON, or macaROON please show some manners if you overhear someone mispronounce.
Maybe they know the difference.
And maybe they do not.
But it’s not your place to inform them. Unless of course, it’s a friend. And you do so politely.
ENOUGH OF THAT.
Let’s talk fancy MACARONS, shall we?!
I am so delighted to be joining Mindy Cone’s blog hop celebrating her new cookbook.
Mindy is the girl behind the blog Creative Juice. The book was written and photographed entirely by her and is truly a work of art.
Not only does she master the art of macaron making, include a plethora of delicious recipe combinations, she also creatively constructs them into fun and exciting shapes.
Mindy and I would love for YOU to have a copy of her new book.
And I figured if you were going to be getting her book, you might need an appropriate apron to wear while trying your hand at macarons.
So I made you one.
Just look at that macaron fabric, would ya?!
There are multiple ways to win below. Do them all, do just a few- it’s totally up you!
Contest will run through the weekend and ends on Sunday, Sept. 29th.
Open to US residents only.