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Guest Blogging: Mele Cotte’s Ode to Macarons

Pink Macarons

Be ready for a sweet post today! Actually, I am leaving this space to my friend Chris while I am knee deep working on the pictures for the book (selecting just one per recipe is not that easy!!).

I wish I could find three words to describe Chris, but three are never enough for that. Talented, fearless, funny, heart of gold, bad ass Doctor, Italian, smart and beautiful… See, I could go on. Did I mention generous? And crazy busy…Thus, I am so glad she gave me the gift of her time this week to come up with a post that celebrates one of my favorite foods. I can’t wait for her next visit to spend another fun filled baking weekend with us and the crazy pupps! Hope you guys enjoy today’s post and will take the time to thank Chris for stepping in. I will be back next week with a dessert baked with my mom during their visit.

To all who have volunteered to test recipes, I have not forgotten about you. I just have to weed out some kinks in backed up files before sending assignments out to you, so please bear with me for the next few days.

I have the pleasure of being Helen’s guest blogger this week and I am not sure if words can accurately express how honored I feel that she asked me. There are those blogs that we have all been following since blogging came into our routines. Are you naming them in your head right now? Yup…me too. When I recite my list, Helen is at the top of my mine. I followed silently for a long time, then a comment here and there, slowly moving to pretty regularly.

Then, there was one day about two years ago that I was in a panic with a baking question…about tart dough. Who could I ask? Helen? Would an email be really intrusive, random, and weird? Ah! What the heck? I threw caution to the wind, typed my ramble, and hit send. You know? She emailed me back! And since then, she and I have been chatting like long time girlfriends.

It is pretty funny (to me) that I moved to Atlanta over ten years ago, always said I wanted to see Charleston, and never got there until… visit to Helen’s! Although I was really there to visit Helen and B, it was also a working weekend. Helen was working on her cookbook, while also teaching me some tricks of the trade for a job I had gotten in a restaurant. Within those tricks of the trade? Macarons. How I love looking at all the pictures of Helen’s macarons! But, my ability to create them was lacking and I did not want to leave without learning how to make one of my favorite sweets in the world. Since then, I have made them several times and the various flavors are received well.

However, as seen across the blogosphere, I am not the only one enamored with macarons. Macaron making and baking. So, that is what I have decided to focus my post on today….an Ode to Macarons.


David Lebovitz


Kitchen Wench


Mele Cotte (that’s me!)


Tasty Treats

And, (this is just phenomenal) Apartment Therapy matched Helen’s macarons with room décor! Macarooms! You must check out the post for all the pairings.



The pictures above are only a fraction of postings that pay homage to macarons. And, I am sure there will be many more. Helen, thanks for all you do and who you are, my friend! 😉

Oh, and my next visit to Charleston? Who knows what trouble we’ll get into? But, what’s more? Will I recognize Lil’ Bailey, who is now all grown up?