June 3, 2012

National Chocolate Macaroon Day

"Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good." - Mariska Hargitay

It's National Chocolate Macaroon Day!

When I was in high school, I had the excellent fortune of being able to take "International Cuisine and Culture" my senior year. The course basically taught us, via culinary arts, about the dining habits and local foods of different regions of the world. I had an incredible teacher who had just fought (and won) a battle with breast cancer. As a result, her hormones were all over the place. She would frequently overheat, rip all the windows open (which was A LOT of fun in January), cancel the day's lesson plan on the food of Morocco or whatever, and ask us to bake the most chocolatey cookies that we could.

It was an awesome class.

I ended up having a grade of 106 (the highest you can get is 100), so she let me goof off a whole lot. I got to make-up my own cookie recipes for the class to then have to recreate, I got to skip classes all together, and I got to spend time just getting to know her on a more human level.

I've lost most of the recipes throughout the transitions of my life, but I did keep the ones for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, no bake cookies, and chocolate cherry macaroons.

Go figure, right?

According to Etimo.it, the English word "macaroon" comes from the Italian word "maccarone" which is derived (I feel like I'm in Wordception) from the word "ammaccare," meaning to crush or to beat (referring to the paste made from almonds, one of the primary ingredients in traditional macaroons).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Happy National Chocolate Macaroon Day!