One year ago, I performed my one woman show, Relocation Is a Euphemism, for the people I love most. I remain in awe of the wonderful people who made that show possible. They had patience during the embarrassingly clunky first read when I wanted to cry. They loved me despite my neuroses and crippling self loathing. They tied the loose ends of my unraveled self into perfect red bows and I still can’t find the words to express my gratitude. I kissed that week of hell goodbye with a silent slice of stasis.
The entire process was a grueling lesson in following my passions, of which I have many. I am passionate about honest theatre and women’s rights. Melted chocolate and luke warm coffee. Milky stationary and Sarah Marie Menke. My favorite cheese is smoked gouda. My favorite Christmas movie is The Santa Clause. My favorite cookie is the French Macaroon and I will pay $12 for one if they ask me.
They are colorful and papery and sugar perfection so you can imagine my hesitation to put them on my 25 Days of Baking calendar. I am proud to say that I made my very own French Macaroons- the hardest cookie in the book and they even had FEET! (Feet is the fancy people word for the bumps at the bottom of the cookie.) I filled my pillows of heaven with peppermint buttercream and I have officially decided I am never eating anything else.
It’s probably silly, but I had so much anxiety that they wouldn’t turn out the way they are supposed to. I followed the recipe word for word and obsessed over all the rules for a perfect macaroon. When they finally made it to the oven, I sat with my face pressed against the warm glass. Full disclosure… some of them cracked so I HAD to eat the rejects first. This is a recipe that I anticipate making for birthdays and holidays until I am 90. The simple satisfaction of completing something I am passionate about made my week so bright.
“What is your passion?” -Minor Myers, Illinois Wesleyan University
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