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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?

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Anonymous April 3, 2009 um 6:41 am

All of these macarons look fantastic! I’ve always wanted to try making them but I must admit, they look so difficult… Someday I’ll give it a shot. For now, I’ll just look at these beautiful photos (:

Nina Timm April 3, 2009 um 6:55 am

Macarons is also on my "fears-to-conquer list". I have never even had one to eat!!! I feel like a baking dufuss!!

Rebecca April 3, 2009 um 7:41 am

What a lovely post, and the macarooms are brilliant, the colours match so perfectly.

How I envy your masterclass with the Macaroon Queen. One day, one day…!

Thanks Chris, and thanks Helen of course.

MyKitchenInHalfCups April 3, 2009 um 8:57 am

I often wonder how many of us consider Helen "ours". Many thanks for these links – a macaron is one of those things I haven’t tried yet, even with all of Helen’s teachings. Lucky you to have gotten an in-person kitchen run!!!

Marija April 3, 2009 um 9:22 am

Lovely post! I really should make those macarons already 🙂

Hellen, I know it’s so hard selecting photos for the post, can’t even imagine how it is to you with the book. But, I know you’ll do great.

Julia April 3, 2009 um 9:59 am

Macarons… What could be more perfect? I have been trying to perfect the little things for the last few weeks – many batches attempted and almost there. Thank you for sharing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums April 3, 2009 um 10:12 am

what beautifully perfect macarons! A unique treat…

Cheers and have a nice weekend,


LizNoVeggieGirl April 3, 2009 um 11:56 am

LOVELY guest post and tribute to divine macaroons!!

Chris April 3, 2009 um 12:37 pm

Thanks for asking me to do this, Helen! And, thanks for the sweet, sweet words. Have a wonderful weekend!

veron April 3, 2009 um 2:17 pm

Oooh…gorgeous macarons. I’m experimenting with a thai-ice tea ganache filling right now.

Laurel April 3, 2009 um 3:06 pm

Gorgeous post! I especially love your room/macarons pairings. Lovely!
Someday I would like to learn how to make these delectable treats…

Sarah April 3, 2009 um 3:21 pm

I love the macaron post and have yet to make some… maybe this weekend!

Deeba PAB April 3, 2009 um 3:29 pm

That's a beautiful piece Chris; I am totally enamored with macarons, & petrified too! It's lovely to see you here Chris…well done!!

carolina @ patagonia gifts April 3, 2009 um 4:13 pm

Such a great post! Hope you both have a wonderful sweet weekend!

La Cuisine d'Helene April 3, 2009 um 4:58 pm

I’ve having my morning coffee and looking at your beautiful pictures. What a great way to start the day.

Char April 3, 2009 um 5:15 pm

gorgeous tributes!

Anonymous April 3, 2009 um 6:30 pm

all macarons erfect it is very good post,have a goog weekwnd..

Hiyam April 3, 2009 um 7:57 pm

What do you do with all the left over yolks? I always have a million uses for egg whites but can’t use up those pesky yolks!

Helene April 3, 2009 um 8:48 pm

Hiyam: you can make ice cream, creme brulees, pots de creme, creme anglaise, custards, etc…

Thank you Chris!

Madison Sanders April 3, 2009 um 9:12 pm

Great post!

Madison Sanders April 3, 2009 um 9:16 pm

By the way, I clicked on the link you provided for the Apartment Therapy website, but it doesn’t link the actual post that has the macaroon pictures. It links to the entire website. This leads to lots of scrolling.

Do you know what month/date that entry was posted? I’d really like to see it.

Helene April 3, 2009 um 10:44 pm

Writing 4612: If you click on the word "post" it will take you right there.

Susan from Food Blogga April 3, 2009 um 11:09 pm

Well, may I say you are both tops in my book. Hugs to you both!

Hayley April 4, 2009 um 1:17 am

Beautiful post Chris. I loved all of the pictures you chose. Thanks for sharing!

Elyse April 4, 2009 um 6:06 am

Great post, Chris!! Maacarons are totally fascinating. I love the compilation of sites and pictures that you’ve put together for us. Yummy.

Jamie April 4, 2009 um 12:26 pm

Gorgeous! I am waiting for my macaroon lesson from my neighbor’s daughter who has mastered Pierre Hermes' method and recipes. This post so puts me in the mood!

Heather April 4, 2009 um 1:42 pm

What a wonderful, helpful post! If this doesn’t get me over my fear of macarons, then I don’t know what will. I think I will try Bernice’s macarons first.

cindy* April 4, 2009 um 10:17 pm

great post! if i didn’t have helen (or aran’s) tips for making macarons, i don’t think it would have ever happened. all of these pictures are giving me the itch to make some more.

Lori April 5, 2009 um 2:54 am

To think when I first started my blog I had no idea what macarons were. Now after seeing Tartelettes site faithfully for over a year now and the beginnings of Veronica’s Petit Bouche, I have been totally won over by the Macaron Monster. I had to make them, with much reading, studying really… I made them. success, they are a repeater in my house. But ALWAYS I think of Tartelette and Veronica when I make macarons. Great post Mele Cotte.

Breadpitt April 5, 2009 um 5:29 am

this are 1 of my most respected pastry item…so envy you have gathering to bake and stuff…its seldom happen over malaysia….btw , all of the effort and macaron were great;-)

Recipe man April 5, 2009 um 8:56 am

such a good post!
ilove macarons. i can eat them up so fast …

Sweet Treats by Dani April 5, 2009 um 2:13 pm

i have never worked up the nerve to try my hand at macarons, but these pics are pure inspiration!

Unknown April 5, 2009 um 10:09 pm

Photos don’t tell lie (unless someone is mucking around with touch up hehehe). Thank you for asking my photo to be included here, Helen and Chris. Never thought of the pairing ones hehehe… but here they are. Goodness, such a clever girl you are, H! I think I am going for that Apartment Therapy hehehe…

Y April 5, 2009 um 11:18 pm

Matching macarons with rooms.. love that!

unconfidentialcook April 6, 2009 um 6:13 am

My whole family loves macarons…and whenever we see them anywhere, we are committed to taste testing. They’re such perfect specimens…

Celeste April 7, 2009 um 12:29 am

Macarons! I love them! The last time I made them and blogged about them, they actually came out pretty good…definitely an accomplishment for me…lol.

I recently got to try the macarons at Laduree in Paris…Ahh…macaron heaven…LOL.

Yours are always FABULOUS! 🙂

morgana April 7, 2009 um 6:35 am

Wow, beautiful photos… And "macarooms"… hahaha, great idea, I love it.

I’ve never tasted them (macarons) and making them my own is still a little frightening but a challenge. Will I ever be brave enough to try? May be yes, and that will be because of you all and your beautifull and charming macarons.

Thank you.

edina April 7, 2009 um 11:59 pm

Yum! Thanks for sharing your ode to macarons. They are one of my favorite cookies.

Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl April 8, 2009 um 2:23 am

do you have a recipe to recommend? I think they are beautiful and would love to give them a try some day!

becky April 8, 2009 um 6:59 pm

thanks to you and your amazing talent, i was inspired… after much reading and studying your recipes, i tackled the macaron, and luckily for me they came out wonderful… thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

anna April 9, 2009 um 3:32 am

I just got back from a trip to New York and made sure to try macarons everywhere I saw them! I’m saving the best for last (got a lovely box of six different flavors from Tafu waiting in the cooler downstairs) but enjoyed them all. I’m forgiving the less-than-perfect ones because it was horribly rainy and the flavors were good anyway. I’ll be writing that up eventually…

Now I want to make some! It’s so exhilarating to get a successful batch. 🙂

Bonbon Oiseau April 10, 2009 um 3:01 pm

so beautiful and what a wonderful ode! there is a wonderful segment on the splendid table from a few weeks ago about macarons! i listened to it over and over again!!!

Andreas + Maitha April 21, 2009 um 6:24 pm

Do you do your own retouching too?

Helene March 25, 2010 um 9:22 pm

Unrestlessness: not sure what you mean by retouching but I do my own post processing.

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