1. I tried to put the cracked macarons in the punishment corner of the pan…but there were so many, it ended up being the punishment SIDE. That’s the thing about macarons…you think you’ve figured out the recipe and your oven and how to make the recipe in.your.oven…and then everything goes haywire.

2. But when they’re cute, they’re so cute. Makes up for all the gray hairs.

3. The weather has been progressively spring-like here (you know, if we ignore the snow this past Saturday), and it makes me want to bake bake bake. Mostly with ALL THE BERRIES, because we know they’ll be gone in a heartbeat.

4. Yes, warmer weather makes me want to turn on my oven. I’m WEIRD, okay?

5. What berry desserts do I HAVE to make this year??!

6. And on a related note, what salads should I be eating? Because, you know. Balance.

7. My real job/school has been crraazzyyy lately, so sorry if I’ve seemed a little aloof/MIA. We are pushing to get a paper submitted and that means I have to do experiments/think about science alllll daaaayyyy looonnngggg. Which means when I get home, I am tired and just want to lay on the couch and yell things at Grey’s Anatomy.

8. The.Boy really loves it when I’m like this. Really really.

9. I don’t really practice Lent, but the.boy is Greek Orthodox and does the whole “meatless Wednesday and Fridays” thing, and I have to say… Why, do you ask? Because now we have an excuse to go to all the vegan/vegetarian restaurants I always want to go to, but he usually vetoes!! Why have I not been exploiting this for the last 30 days?!

10. Last Friday we hit up Candle Cafe. This Friday….open for suggestions.

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29 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. Good luck on getting your paper submitted and accepted smoothly! I always look forward to berry season, but we’ve still got some time here before we start seeing them…. we are still cold and even had some more snow Monday…

  2. Beth says:

    Joanne, if you’re about to publish a lot of berry recipes, I’m going to love you even more. Can’t get enough berry desserts!

  3. Zainab says:

    urghh paper submission is the worst!! We are resubmitting our paper too and it’s just been an all day science in the head time with lots of failed blots to push you over the edge. So I get it! The Macarons still look amazing…the other side 🙂

  4. look I’m just impressed that you have so many pretty macarons! lol

  5. Stefanie says:

    This is why I have never attempted macaroons! The fear is real. Yep my husband hates that I do the whole meatless Friday thing. But really what kind of a sacrifice is it to not have pepperoni on your pizza? Come on!

  6. SallyBR says:

    Just submitted a paper yesterday. It is like a huge bag of bricks being lifted from the shoulders. Spent an extraordinary amount of time trying to find the raw data for an experiment performed in November, which was all we needed before wrapping the last figure. I think you know what it’s like.

    I made a fantastic raspberry ricotta cake from Bon Appetit magazine. Shall blog about it sometime, hopefully before the berries disappear….

  7. Christina says:

    Bring on the berries please 🙂

  8. Your macaroons are so cute! Love the color! This is my first visit to your blog – it’s so sweet! Love it.

  9. I think you should talk the.boy into going meatless for the whole duration of Lent – can you imagine how many vegetarian restaurants you would tick off your list then? 🙂
    Btw – I am your garbage disposal for cracked macarons – no disposal fee charged – Just saying!

  10. I totally need to try macaroons. I still haven’t made them!

    I’d really love to know how you find the time to blog so well and work. You’re an inspiration for sure!

    Enjoy the vegan restaurant eating while it lasts. 🙂 Happy Wednesday.

  11. I like the macaroons with the cracks in them. I think it is the imperfections in things/people that make them so great.

  12. I’m so happy about all this spring-like weather! Enjoy the rest of your week, girlie!

  13. Hah, it’s funny that you yell things at Grey’s because I yell things at How to Get Away with Murder. Berry pie’s always a classic, but maybe some berry turnovers? Or some sort of berry preserves? Those are the top two things on my berry cooking list!

  14. I am Greek Orthodox as well, but my parents do lent for the full 40 days without meat! They are learning the wonders of meatless cooking and then stuffing their faces with a lllll the meat on Easter, LOL!

    You don’t eat me, that’s okay I make lamb. “Nuff said.

  15. I always sequester the ugly pastries to my tummy immediately which makes them disappear but not my waistline, haha.

  16. That’s great that Lent let’s you go to all of your restaurants!!

  17. Kelly says:

    Yay for spring and berries! Love all the macarons – the cracked ones are still fabulous 🙂

  18. As for salads, in spring I always like what I think of as transitional salads where you toss in roasted asparagus with crispy mixed greens – kind of a prelude to summer salads. And since you like to turn on your oven in spring, it’s perfect!

    Hang in there with that work load at school – it’ll all be worth it! xo

  19. Erica says:

    #7, dying of laughter about the yelling at Grey’s Anatomy. That’s me except with the show House! Hahaha

  20. Reeni says:

    The uglies are still pretty in my eyes! And berries – yes! I’ve been dreaming of blueberries all week long.

  21. P says:

    Punishment side, haha! Cracks or not, they still look adorable 🙂

    Good luck with the paper!

  22. I hope you your school work goes well. You macaroon are always so cute.

  23. Good luck with your submission deadline 🙂

  24. Joanne, hang in there, sister with the real job/school!!! I still can’t believe you blog almost everyday too. . super woman needs to give you her cape. Hang in there and eat the macarons!!! and yes to all the vegan/vegetarian restaurants!!! so awesome!

  25. Hang in there – you always do! Have a great weekend!

  26. I loved Candle Cafe when we were in NYC! I’d definitely utilise that meatless Wed/Fri thing 🙂

    I feel your pain on paper finalising / submitting. Good luck for getting it done and in.

  27. I bake all year long. I turn the AC up and have fun in the summer. It’s what I do. If you have never made Martha Stewart’s Blueberry Buckle or Bobby Flay’s Peach Blackberry Pie – DO IT! I make them every year and can’t get enough. Also Brown Eyed Baker’s Blackberry Pie Bars. Now you’ve made me hungry.

  28. I used to go to Candle Cafe all the time when I lived on the UES. Love that place. I hear you on being MIA – I feel like the last 10 weeks of my life happened in 15 seconds.

  29. Kate says:

    Poor cracked macarons. Luckily they taste just as good as their uncracked brethren.

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