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video 411: raspberry rose macaroons

Things that went into making this video:

  1. one script
  2. Two separate attempts
  3. one trip to Sur la Table
  4. three trips to the grocery store
  5. one bag of almond meal
  6. two bottles of wine
  7. three cartons of eggs
  8. one egg white covered car seat
  9. one red food coloring spotted car seat
  10. two video cameras
  11. two laptops
  12. half a pound of sugar
  13. two hamburgers
  14. an order of fries
  15. three loads of dishes
  16. five tripods
  17. four and a half cups of coffee
  18. six hours of shooting
  19. seven hours editting
  20. the sanctity of my mind
  21. the sanctity of my relationship
  22. a whole lotta bloopers

Voting for Challenge 7 begins tomorrow! Thank you guys so much for all of your amazing support! And, a huge thank you to Almanzo…who put up with me through all the kicking-and-screaming-and-macaroon throwing, as well as that one time I laid down in front of the oven and proclaimed I could not get up.

Oh…and there may or may not be a special “off the record” remix video coming…….stay tuned.

Raspberry Rose Macaroons

adapted from David Lebovitz

makes about 18 petit cookies

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 egg whites, room temperature
5 T granulated sugar
1 tsp rose extract
1 drop red food coloring

for the white chocolate raspberry ganache:

4 ounces white chocolate chips
1/4 cup half and half or cream
2 T raspberry jam (I use Bonne Maman)

Combine the powdered sugar and ground almonds in a bowl and mix well to combine. Using a Kitchen Aid (or by hand if you’re a) very brave and b) ready to work your triceps) whip the egg whites until foamy.

Add the granulated sugar, food coloring and rose extract and continue to whip until stiff glossy peaks form.

In two batches, fold in the powdered sugar and almond mixture.

Scrape the batter into a pastry bag with a 1/4 inch pastry tip and pipe out little mounds onto a lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Let cool for a few moments and then peel macaroons off baking sheet. When totally cool, sandwich together with white chocolate raspberry ganache.

To make the ganache filling, melt the white chocolate and cream using a double boiler (or, like I do with a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water). Whisk together so that there are no lumps. Add the jam and stir well. Push ganache through a fine mesh strainer (I use a sifter) to get rid of the raspberry seeds. Let the ganache cool for at least two hours at room temperature before using. It will thicken up as it cools.

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  • simpledaisy
    November 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    So cute!! I love it:)

  • Bridget
    November 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    This is cute Jenna! And I love macaroons!

    Merci πŸ™‚

  • eml
    November 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Oh wow – I normally don’t watch videos on blogs – but this literally took the cake (or macaroon)! Your voice sounds so different than I thought – you are definitely a Southener! Loved it. Good luck with the project. I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown here lol πŸ˜‰

  • Jaya
    November 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Beautifully done! I had to experiment for a while before I could get the “foot” right on my macarons! Just wondering if they referred to them as macaroons where you were in France… I have known them as macarons. Just wondering?
    I once had the Isfahan macarons from Pierre Hemes’ shoppe…
    Life. changing.

  • Maria
    November 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Love the video and the macarons! Fabulous job!

  • Lauraa
    November 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Love the video!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Holy TV studio in your kitchen! You did such a great job Jenna – I can totally see you on a cooking show!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    So, you should totally do these videos every so often. I loved watching it! You’re a cutie.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    November 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    This is a really well-done video. I hope you feel it was worth the effort.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    These macaroons, as well as your video, are amazing!

  • Paige
    November 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Great video Jenna! I love your Southern voice doing the french pronunciation of patisserie, etc. Also I had to do a double take when I thought I saw something flash across the screen…rewound and it was Adam taking a picture of you! hahaha πŸ˜€

  • Shannon
    November 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    You made it look so easy to make these! They look so good! Great video! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    November 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve always thought macaroons looked like the most delicious thing ever, but I’ve never actually tried one! The video came out super cute… good luck advancing to the next round!

  • tina
    November 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    omg, awesome video- all those things paid off, haha! LOVED the intro, and the fashion choices- nice job!!!

  • grocery goddess coaching
    November 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Oh my gosh Jenna, you are so adorable.

  • Ray
    November 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Great job! Kudos to you for the whole project!
    Oh, and question.. What’s your tattoo??

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      thanks! it’s a wave with a cross through it. I got it for my little brother, who passed away last year and was a surfer.

  • Lauren
    November 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    These are so pretty and I loved the story in the beginning – makes me want to go to Paris!

  • Dorry
    November 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Love this! You are 100% delightful and you make this tricky recipe seem totally achievable…even for this inexperienced baker. Good luck with the contest! You definitely have a vote from me.

  • kate
    November 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I love this video! I didnt know there was a non-coconut macaroon variety.

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
    November 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    ahh very cool Jenna! I can’t imagine how hard it is to seamlessly mix in lovely French words with our choppy America English.. good luck!

  • Nienke at Revel
    November 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Wow Jenna – you are so darn cute! Great job!

    And now I wanna run away to Paris – thanks for that πŸ˜‰

  • Wil
    November 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Absolutely amazing macaroons!!!! Love your blog!!!!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    November 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Your accent is so cute Jenna!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    November 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Yummy!! It’s so funny because i’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video of you speaking before!

  • stacey-healthylife
    November 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Great job fabulous.

  • Stephanie Rose
    November 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Because I didn’t have my headphones, and I am doing homework in a coffee shop, about 40 people were forced to watch your video…. but they loved it! You’re such a cutie, and those look delicious! Great job, Jenna πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      oh goodness!!!! i’m so embarrassed

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Just watched your awesome video…wow, the Food Network will be calling any day!

    I can only imagine how much WORK this was! I hope the Food Buzz peeps know what a truly first class job and effort you turned out for this one!

  • Kristina
    November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    You did a fantastic job with the video blog. I couldn’t stop cracking up at your list of “the things that went into making this video” πŸ™‚ My girl friends and I follow your blog and absolutely love everything that you post. You even inspired one of my friends Rebeca to go to culinary school, and you met her when you came down to Texas. Anyways, bottom line is that YOU ROCK and all of your followers absolutely adore you! Keep it up!

  • Angharad
    November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Blimey! That must have taken some work. Well, evidently it did from your description of seven hours editing. Amazing job – the video is so awesome. Love those macaroons – totally to die for!
    P.S. I don’t know if that’s a skirt or an apron you’re wearing in the video but I’d like it to be mine.

  • Kath
    November 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Love the behind the scenes πŸ™‚ Great job J!

  • Char
    November 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I’ve been a reader for quite sometime now and am always eager to see what adventures you had for the day. The new turn your blog has taken is awesome! I really like the recipes and the honesty you seem to put out there every day! I have even attempted a few recipes myself! Thanks!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    November 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Very cute, Jenna! Congrats on completing the video πŸ™‚

  • Katelynn
    November 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Oh Paris…

    Great job Jenna, you are a natural!!

  • Suzanne de
    November 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    LOVED your concept. You think like an editor with all the cohesive props. The outfit, red hairband, the journal (even French looking penmanship & nice pen!) photo of Laduree on the Champs ElysΓ©es. Visit to the pΓ’tisserie. Everything telling the story. Perfect French accent! Adorable. To me, this would be the most intimidating assignment & you really pulled it off. Also love the amusing list of what went into it. Congrats on the tremendous conception & execution! Off to vote!!

  • MyThy
    November 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats you two on the video! Love it! You made macaroons seem so effortless to make. Hope to see more videos soon.

  • jessica
    November 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    you are totally adorable!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    November 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    REALLY, really like your video Jenna πŸ˜€ SO professional. I am impressed. You look like such a natural on the other side of the camera. Looked like something I’d see on the food network.

    Has anyone ever told you your French accent rules ? πŸ˜‰

  • brittany
    November 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Cute video Jenna. I was actually just wondering how traditional macaroons are made – now I know!!

  • Alexia @ DimpleSnatcher
    November 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    but jenna, they look too cute to eat?!

  • S @
    November 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Did you blitz your almond meal further in a food processor? Bob’s Red Mill *and* generic grocery store brand are pretty coarse, and your icing sugar/almond meal mix was *way* finer than mine usually looks…

    I should also add that these are my baking nemesis—nice work. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Nope—didn’t blitz it. Just used a whisk! It IS Bob’s red mill..from whole foods!

      • S @
        November 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm

        damn. Guess I can’t blame my failure on *that*, then… Good to know, I’ll try Bob’s again.

  • kelly
    November 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Amazing!! You did great and the macarons look fantastic! πŸ™‚

  • Laura
    November 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Great video. I don’t know if I can pull off making macaroons but I’m totally impressed and inspired all the same.

  • Charlie
    November 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I love macaroons! πŸ™‚ I usually buy them at a bakery I found – they have tons of flavors (love salted caramel).
    Those must be so good with the rose extract!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    i’ve been contemplating making macaroons for a while now…one of those things that I really really want to try, but haven’tgotaroundto(and why oh why is that list so long?)
    cathy b.
    cool video!!

  • the salty girl
    November 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Great post! I love the video. I think you made it look a liiiiittle too easy, but you came clean in the extended post. I am really into seasonal macarons, and I would love to see you make something similar. Pumpkin pie macaron with brown butter cream filling?!!!

  • marie
    November 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I did not imagine your voice to sound like this. SO CUTE!!!!

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      What did you imagine my voice to sound like? πŸ™‚

      • Julie
        November 15, 2010 at 1:05 am

        I always imagined it more like Julie’s from Peanut Butter Fingers. (umm, not me- the name is just a coincidence) You’re voice is deeper than I would imagine on such a petite girl.

        • Julie
          November 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

          Argg. YOUR, not you’re. Sorry. Please blame my spelling on my awful job with late nights.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    November 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    oh my gosh you’re the most adorable person in the world…and i am SO impressed with your French! you most definitely have my vote πŸ™‚

  • Ida
    November 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Great video! I can’t wait to try and make these myself, any tips for lining the pan without a silpat?

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      just use parchment paper–works great!

  • Jess-The Semi Abnormal Gal
    November 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    When does the Jenna Does France cooking show begin? I’m smitten!

  • Courtney Craig
    November 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    As others wrote above, your voice sounded SO DIFFERENT from what I was expecting! So cute! You’ve raised my admiration for you up to an entirely new level! πŸ˜‰

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      gahhh now i’m paranoid…what did everyone THINK my voice would sound like?

  • Tessa
    November 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    You’re so cute Jenna! I love these new videos you have! I just finished baking apricot streusel bars. Perhaps next on the list, macaroons?

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    November 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    SO CUTE! I love the journey through Paris and your cute Southern pronunciation of “macaroon.” The video came out awesome!!!

  • Sharon
    November 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Excellent job, Jenna! I can’t begin to imagine how much work went into this…but it turned out great! And now I fear I must get a kitchen aid stand mixer and get to work making macarons…It’s very timely as I just noticed them in a recent episode of Gossip Girl and was thinking to myself….hmmmm…THOSE look good….such pretty little green things! Where do I get those in Santa Rosa? And to think I’ve been to Paris 4 times now and have never had one….can you say Paris FAIL? lol….

  • Louise
    November 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Bonjour ma chère Jenna!

    Very cute video, but I have to say, a French macaron, and an American macaroon, are not the same thing! Macaroons are coconut cookies, with a somewhat similar base, but what you have made in the adorable video is called a Macaron- in French and in English.

    -from a genuine French baker

    • Kristin
      June 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

      I was thinking the same thing! They are so different….macaroons are the big lumpy coconut things you can buy at Publix and french macarons are like heavenly little pieces of light fluffy bliss! I hate to correct people but it seems like now that they are all the rage, EVERYone calls these macaroons…..

  • Erica D
    November 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    You. have. a. gift.

    Seriously, that video was too cute!

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    November 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    This video is ADORABLE. And you made making macaroons look easy… but I don’t think I could pull it off like you did.

    Was this filmed in your kitchen? It looks like it should be a set of a tv show (Eat Live Run tv?!)!
    Don’t worry that you sound different than people thought… I think you just sound assertive on camera, when I briefly met you in Austin you were very soft spoken.. which I think is how your writing translates. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      That was almanzo’s kitchen…mine would never fit all the cameras!

      I am very soft spoken and introverted in “real life” and was incredibly nervous about making this video, so I am so glad it sounded assertive and like I knew what I was talking about! Hehehe

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    November 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ack! You’re so flipping adorable! I’ve never made macaroons and now they seem slightly less intimidating!

  • Sana
    November 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    You and Adam did an amazing job with this project!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    November 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    One day, i’ll succeed at making French macarons… for now, i’ll leave it to pros like you. Very cute video! Makes me want to go to france πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay
    November 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    For the Herculean effort alone, you deserve to advance to the next round of PFB! Beautiful macarons – sweet is the labor – sweet is the love – sweet is the cookie!

  • Jenna
    November 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Hi, also Jenna here, and a new reader to your blog. Your video is so great and the macaroons look delicious. Almost makes me think that I could attempt to make them, even though I rarely bake!

    • jenna
      November 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      you totally could! They really aren’t as hard as they seem. Thanks for reading!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    November 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    When I went to Paris for a weekend trip, I stayed with my friend’s [really wealthy] friend. She threw a dinner party for us where she had boxes upon boxes of macarons from Laduree. We decided to go and pick up a box for them as a thank you present….our wallets cried and cried. Thanks for showing us a cheaper way to enjoy French macarons πŸ™‚

  • Hayley
    November 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    ok, everyone is commenting on your voice, but your accent is seriously adorable. great video!!

  • Camille
    November 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Jenna, of all the bloggers I read (and there are quite a few!) you are, hands down, the most personable. You seem so sweet and down to earth and watching your videos is truly a delight. Thank you for your beautiful food and words.

  • amyjogo
    November 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I noticed a difference in your presentation too. Especially compared to the old video where you made marshmellows. But maybe it was plain ol’ maturity that made this video so different. Or maybe it was because you had Adam filming you?

    Either way, great video! (and here I thought macaroons were supposed to be made of coconut only! )

  • AnneW
    November 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Laudree is HEAVEN.
    I stopped in there on my first (and only) visit to Paris summer of ’09 and couldn’t believe such a wonderful shop existed. I bought some of their delicious Marie Antoinette tea and brought it back to the tea shop where I work here in California where it was savored little by little.
    Thank you for reminding me of this wonderful memory!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    November 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Loved this! They looks simply divine. I adore Paris, so really enjoyed the little trip down memory lane. Love the French style top too πŸ˜‰
    Heidi xo

  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo
    November 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    You are so adorable in your video! I love macarons, but I have only made them once before (using David Lebovitz’s recipe for chocolate macarons with bittersweet ganache) because I have access to Pierre Herme macarons here in Tokyo and it’s hard for me to imagine being able to beat those in my own kitchen!

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    November 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

    After reading your blog for so long, I never thought you would have a little southern accent (I know that’s silly I just never thought about it). Great job! I love Macaroons, and la DurΓ©e πŸ™‚

  • Melissa
    November 15, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I also was surprised at your accent Jenna! I think I have been reading you so long I imagine you to speak with an Australian accent… because all my friends do. Ridiculous, I know. After reading everyone’s comments, can I assume most Southerners speak more like you and less like Scarlett O’Hara?
    Loved the video, especially the intro.

    • Marie
      November 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

      Haha too funny! Yes, we sound more like Jenna, although in some parts of the South you can definitely find more Scarlett O’Haras. There are SO many different kinds of Southern accents, and typically (if you’re from the South) you can tell where someone is from by their accent. πŸ˜‰

  • Justine
    November 15, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I think I have that shirt! It’s from American Eagle, right? Only I have it in navy. And I wore it when I was in france. πŸ˜› Is it very american to wear a striped shirt in Paris? I don’t even remember seeing any Parisians wear one while I was there.

  • Nadine
    November 15, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Wow. I don’t even LIKE macaroons (admittedly since I thought they ALL had coconut in them) — and yet, you made me want to try them. And more..even try to MAKE them. Great job, Jenna!!

  • kelly
    November 15, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Jenna! that was awesome!!! they look delish πŸ™‚

  • Charles
    November 15, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Very well done to you and Almanzo! Great editing! Love your apron!

  • Molly
    November 15, 2010 at 4:43 am

    This just made me like you about ten to the third more.

  • Charles
    November 15, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Some video critiques:
    While you have the mixer running, maybe try a voiceover?
    Your music track is a little…. frantic. What was it? If I had to guess, Chopin or Rachmaninov.
    Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante in E flat major would have had a similar tempo without feeling frenetic.
    For the audio, mix in a low-level white noise track along with your background music so that the the vocal audio cuts aren’t so distinct.

  • Lizzy
    November 15, 2010 at 4:48 am

    The video is wonderful and you look gorgeous..The macaroons too

  • Therese
    November 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Great video, Jenna! LOVE that you tackled macaroons as I thought they were much more complex and you’ve given me the push to finally try them on my own!

  • Indi
    November 15, 2010 at 5:18 am

    This video is adorable! Your voice sounds just like Reese Witherspoon.

  • sofia
    November 15, 2010 at 5:39 am

    wow. impressive! kudos to you for working so hard on this – the results were worth it. πŸ™‚

  • emily
    November 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

    You did an amazing job on this, like watching Food Network, but better!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)
    November 15, 2010 at 5:58 am

    You make me want to go to Paris! These look amazing, truly. Great job on the video!


  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    November 15, 2010 at 6:01 am

    cute video jenna! I’ve never made macaroons (or even had one), but I’ve always thought they were more complicated than what you made it seem. Great job!

  • Mom
    November 15, 2010 at 6:40 am

    This brings back so many wonderful memories of sitting in Laduree with you!!

    Macaron is simply the French spelling for the same American word, macaroon πŸ™‚

  • polly
    November 15, 2010 at 6:53 am

    LOVED. πŸ˜€


    my favorite part was you by the oven, saying that’s when you pray they turn out. πŸ˜›

    • jenna
      November 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

      love you!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    November 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I love this! So creative. I can’t even tell you how much I look forward to your posts. And I’m glad they’re not 24/7, because it gives me something to savor (like all your recipes, too!) πŸ˜‰

  • Marina
    November 15, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I wanted to make macaroons for a while now, but I was so scared πŸ™‚ This video encouraged me, can’t wait to make them!
    btw, you are so cute πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    November 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

    You sound just like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama! Great job on the video!!! Watch out Food Network!

  • Lindsey @ Morningstar Project
    November 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

    You are so adorable. The story, the recipe, and your added commentary (yes we should eat 10 to 15 of these!) made this a sure winner!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    November 15, 2010 at 8:05 am

    So cute! You made making macaroons look so easy. Def have my vote. I love watching the video because you speak like you blog πŸ™‚

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    November 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I’m obsessed with Laduree! When I ran the Paris Marathon this past year, then went back before we moved back to the states, and this was a mandatory stop EACH time. Their hot chocolate is to die for as well!!

  • Amber K
    November 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

    It’s so strange hearing the voices of the bloggers I read so often! I don’t think you could remind me of Reese Witherspoon more! And considering she’s one of my favorite actresses it just makes my girl crush even bigger, lol. πŸ˜‰

    Off to vote!

    • jenna
      November 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

      hilarious. I don’t pick up any sort of accent whatsoever when I hear myself….that’s so funny that you all did!

  • kristen
    November 15, 2010 at 8:24 am

    oh my goodness…you are ADORABLE! (so are those macaroons! can’t WAIT to make some!)

  • Megan
    November 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Oh In ‘n’ Out. I miss that place so much. What I wouldn’t give to eat one of their burgers.

  • Thealogian
    November 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Grammar Nazi, here. I’m sorry…I think that criticizing people on their personal blogs can be mean (and I’ve noticed people beat you up here quite a bit), so I feel like a bastard, but this must be said:

    YOU WERE NOT A YOUNG GIRL. That’s like a five year old. You were a young lady, a young woman, but not a YOUNG GIRL. Heck, we start calling 8 year olds a “big girl”…therefore, you biologically and grammatically were not a YOUNG GIRL as a Senior in College.

    Other than that, cute video and my sincere apologies for the grammar policing, but it had to be said.

    • Suzanne de Cornelia
      November 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

      Better a young girl than a petty old crank of a killjoy. Sound like anyone you know?

      • Thealogian
        November 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

        Petty Old Crank of a Killjoy is grammatically correct, therefore, no “Young Girl” is still super wrong. I will gladly accept your counter criticism, but my fundamental comment stands. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah
      November 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

      It’s FIVE-YEAR-OLD.

      • Thealogian
        November 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm


        • Suzanne de Cornelia
          November 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

          ‘Super wrong’….what are you 12?

          ‘Young girl’ is NOT grammatically incorrect.

          ‘Young girl’ is a state-of-mind, a turn of phrase, a romantic short-cut to a descriptive that most associate with being in Paris, and college: Youth.

          Perhaps you’d like to run over to It’s another highly rated and extremely popular blog like EatLiveRun. The woman who publishes is in her late 40s-50s….with ‘girl’ right there smack in the middle of her website & worldview. Maybe you could call 911 and report these abuses. While you’re at it, there’s also Beyonce’s hit, ‘If I Were a Boy.’ The woman is 29…ALMOST 30!! OBVIOUSLY the song title should have been ‘If I Were Nearly a Middle-Age Man.’

          Those who can — do. Those who can’t — criticize.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    November 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Next stop food network! Great job!

  • The Cuisinerd
    November 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Love your video, absolutely adorable! You have the most delicious and beautiful macaroons in the competition. Best of luck, you get my vote!

  • Genki
    November 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Considering that you don’t exactly hide that you are from the South, I have no idea why I was so surprised to hear your southern accent. Very cute. I also love the video and am very inspired to try macaroons! Well done, you have my vote!

  • Winnie
    November 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    You’re beautiful and a natural on camera! I loved the intro to your video and can tell how passionate you are about your recipe. I could definitely eat 15 of those beauties. Wonderful job with this challenge πŸ™‚

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Well done CUTIE!!!

  • Judith
    November 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Ditto on all the previous comments. As a former Parisian ex-pat, I can relate to the macaron love fest, and Laduree, such a perfect spot. But how in the world did you manage to make it look like you were actually there? For an amateur video, I thought that was a very nice trick. And your version looks exactly like those in France, I may have to attempt them. Any additional ideas for the various colors?

    Also, who the h— is the cranky guy criticizing your choice of words?? Get over yourself, buddy.
    Great job, you definitely get my vote.
    PS I liked your voice, but was expecting a Southern accent?

    • jenna
      November 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

      my boyfriend is one of the few people that actually owns a green screen (the thing that the weather channel people use to put them in front of the big map) and we set it up in his garage. Very fun.

      Various colors that would be fun would be plain with chocolate ganache, licorice (anise extract and black food coloring) with buttercream, salted caramel (caramel flavored macaroons with salted caramel filling) and dark chocolate (dark chocolate macaroon with dark chocolate ganache filling). The opportunities are endless!

  • Alison (Fueling for Fitness)
    November 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I barely comment, but I read your blog regularly and I felt compelled to speak up today. Out of the few videos I’ve seen, if you had a tv show, I’d be a regular viewer. πŸ˜€

    I love that you’re a quiet, yet fierce competitor – you obviously take it seriously but you don’t inundate us with details about it in your other blog posts. Your hard work and creativity shines through each week. I’m hoping that as this competition comes to an end, true talent and hard work like yours will take you to the last few rounds – and this doesn’t turn into a glorified popularity contest. That’s not to say that others aren’t working their butts off – but I love that you’re doing your own thing and are not begging for votes in the process.

  • Karen
    November 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Adorable, Jenna!!!

  • Lauren Z.
    November 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Jenna – you had In-N-Out?!?…What did you think of it?

    • jenna
      November 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

      It was good……it was probably the first “fast food” hamburger I’ve had in about nine years and I have to admit, it was tasty. I guess they grind their own beef? Very cool. Wasn’t the best burger I’ve ever had by any means, but it was good!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    November 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    WHOA! I was NOT expecting the accent! πŸ™‚ Reminds me of Cat Cora! Which makes sense. You’re both Southern. πŸ˜‰

    Very nice video! And holy cow equipment set-up!

  • Lindsay
    November 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hey Jenna, love the video!

    You probably already know this, but usually the little french cookies are spelled macarons….and macaroons are those big chewy coconut things. Once it gets translated into english anything is fair game, but I think with one ‘o’ is the official way.

  • Marissa
    November 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

    How adorable are you?! You did great, and I love your subject — LadurΓ©e is amazing and I have been wanting to try my hand at macaroons ever since my last trip to Paris. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  • Kristin
    November 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

    So I said a little prayer by my oven a few minutes ago and it totally worked because they turned out! Also I am impatient and made my ganache a couple hours ago so I do not have to wait very long. I’ve never had a macaroon before but $20 later and we shall see what they are all about.

  • Joan Nova
    November 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Really nice job. Loved the fairytale intro and the accounting of what went into making the video. Good luck!

  • BigFatBaker
    November 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Great job! These look so cute and I bet they taste amazing. Your video was great and now I want to go visit France!

  • Frank Gutierrez
    November 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Jenna, excellent work on the video. Loved it! Just in time for Thanksgiving to.

  • Renee
    November 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Jenna, I think everyone was just a little shocked by the Southern accent! We never hear our fav food bloggers actually speak, and having the Florida/Cali background, I know that I personally didn’t expect an accent!

  • Anna
    November 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Wow Jenna this video is the best of all! You’re so cute and your recipe looks amazing!

    I’ve read your blog since the beggining and it gets better everyday!

    Good luck in the project food blog! you deserve to win πŸ™‚
    the best wishes from Mexico

  • Trish
    November 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Brings me back to Paris. Great video. Love the white chocolate filling. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jessie
    November 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I have been thinking about attempting to make macaroons. Can I sub in peanut flour for the ground almonds?

    • jenna
      November 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      I wouldn’t….just because I’ve never done it so I can’t promise it will turn out. You could do it as a test and see might!

  • Brittney
    November 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    So cool to hear you talk after reading your blog for so long! Great recipe!

  • Carrie H
    November 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I love your video and your remix, Jenna. Also, I love that you saved your receipt from Laduree from 2007. (I could see the date in the video, hehe.) I save all my travel receipts and paste them in my journals … some of my favorites are from my 2007 honeymoon with my husband in Italy or our 2009 trip to Hawaii … next up, hopefully, I’ll have some 2011 receipts from visiting my sister, who’s in the Peace Corp in Kenya.

    Job well done.

  • Helene - Happy @ Thirty
    November 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I love your video(s). The second one is really cool πŸ˜‰
    I love macarons. My favourite one is caramel salted butter. Have you tried it?
    Actually, I feel a bit ashamed: Im French and Ive never made any macarons πŸ™ Im definitely gonna try your recipe though.
    I love your recipes. You make them look so easy. Thank You πŸ˜‰

  • sassy molassy
    November 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I love how adorable these macaroons are. And your outtakes video is hilarious. I was just thinking how much your blog has changed from what it used to be, but I still love the content. Just more recipe/food making focused.

  • jess
    November 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    seriously, when are you getting a show on food network?? i loved this! all the effort DEFINITELY paid off. and i just watched the remix too, so creative and fun πŸ˜‰

    i do wanna make macaroons in the near future (thanksgiving break woowooo) but iwas wondering- do you recommend grind your own almonds or buying somethig liek almond flour from tj’s? or are they the same?

    thanks jenna! and thanks for the awesome blog posts πŸ™‚

  • Monique
    November 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    That is QUITE the set-up!! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you provided a video and your recipe, because I’ve attempted macarons at least five times now and mine never sprout feet in the oven. I’ve tried everything, from leaving the egg whites out three days at room temp, to letting the piped macarons sit 30 mins before popping them in the oven. But the never ever work. I’m trying your recipe and it will happen.

    Love the remix video btw πŸ™‚

  • Delishhh
    November 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    LOVED IT. So simple but nicely done.

  • Dee
    November 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Ahh, what a cute and lovely video! I want to go to Paris just to try a Laduree macaroon btw! This wish has been going on to 3 years now! πŸ˜‰

    I can’t wait to see the remix! And omg! In-N-Out! I want to go and eat there too! I’ve heard so MANY good things about it!

    Off to vote! πŸ™‚

  • Mhel B
    November 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Amazing setup! Seems you really prepared and put your heart into it. I havent tried Laduree’s but I heard they have the best macaroons. We have a famous actress who actually shops to Paris for clothes and Laduree’s, granting that the currency conversion in our country is kinda low. A box of Laduree macarons costs a pair of good shoes already. So, thanks for sharing this recipe to us. I am definitely bookmarking this, I should, a french macaroon recipe from someone who lived in Paris. You have my vote!

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  • Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)
    November 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    This is a great video….you make it look so simple!! I went to France with my boyfriend 2 summers ago and we had an incredible time. He LOVES raspberry Macaroons so I will definitely be surprising him with these soon! Thanks so much. I love cappuccino flavor…hmm I’ll have to experiment with that !

  • emily
    November 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    OMG, Jenna, I made a variation of these that was so good!!!

    I linked back to this post, but I made a lot of changes so I wrote out the recipe on my blog as well. If that’s an issue for you let me know.

  • sippitysup
    November 16, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Oh Paris. The food. The ambiance…the memories. Thanks for sharing your story. GREG

    • jenna
      November 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

      thanks, greg! I loved your video, too. crab cakes are my favorite!

  • Mama Pea
    November 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    So unique and endearing. Just like YOU!

  • Renee
    November 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

    They look lovely! I make chocolate macaroons all the time but would love to try these. Thank you for sharing! (Laduree is one of my favorite places as well! sigh!) I especiallly love all that went into the making of your video. 2 bottles of wine and an egg white covered car seat….

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    November 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Great video! I don’t know why but I never pictured a Southern accent even though you’re from the South.

  • Marie
    November 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Jenna this video was so worth your (and Adam’s) effort! I really love it, and the adorable storyline. I agree with so many others– if you had your own TV show, I’d be a regular viewer.

  • Jessica
    November 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Let’s get you your own cooking show! You’re so cute on camera!!

  • Swathi
    November 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Awesome video , I was in search of macaroon video so that I can try them. Macaroon looks delicious. Nice presentation. Good luck. Voted for you.

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    November 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Love! Too adorable! I especially love your French. I don’t know the language at all, but I love your few French spoken words!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    November 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Loved this video! It was sweet, simple, and just awesome. I didn’t notice the accent, but I also have a slight one myself that I never notice until I get asked about it. πŸ™‚ I want to try to make macarons, but don’t have a mixer..

  • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
    November 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Super cute!! I love your intro! You have a vote from me!

    My entry combines stop-motion animation, makeshift music videos, some very off-key singing, my cheesy sense of humor, and enough tips and tricks to empower you to make over 27 different cheesecakes! Come see if you’d like πŸ™‚

  • Jen @ Tiny Urban Kitchen
    November 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I remember the first time I had a Pierre Hermes macaron in Paris – it was a transcendent experience and it still took me years before I attempted to make my own. Your video is fantastic – well edited, smooth, and you have an engaging personality. Great job!

  • Kelsey
    November 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I voted for you! LUCK!

  • Anne
    November 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Great video and lovely macarons!

  • Clare @ Mrs Multitasker
    November 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Brilliant! One of my favorite videos by far. You were so much fun to watch! I’ve sent one of my votes your way…

  • Leana
    November 17, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Love the video and the remix! Also love your apron…..where did you find it at?

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  • Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot
    November 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Wonderful video! Looks like you went to a lot of trouble to make that and I really appreciate your effort. Looks like it paid off too! Love your macarons and the little intro in the beginning was adorable. Good luck!

  • Margaret
    November 17, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m studying in Paris right now, and I went to LadurΓ©e for the first time today (I’ve more of an Angelina’s girl so far) and tried the macarons! The caramel is SO good, and so was the framboise! Do macarons exist in the states? I might have to bring back my own supply…

  • jess
    November 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    i made these last night, and my only word of advice is to make the “dough” circles SMALL! the bigger ones (1 inch when piped, spread a bit when hitting the pan) puffed up WAY too much. they’re delicious little cookies, but not sandwich-able. fortunately, i did have some smaller cookies that came out perfectly! delish!

    thanks- and keep the recipes coming!

    btw- any idea how well the individual cookies freeze?

  • Debi Shawcross
    November 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

    You are very comfortable in front of the camera and it shows—it was just like hanging out with a friend in the kitchen making macaroons.
    Nice job!

  • Amanda @ Bakingwithoutabox
    November 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Awesome job! Voted!

  • zmm
    November 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Jena, that’s a very beautiful macaron. Thanks for sharing.

  • notyet100
    November 26, 2010 at 2:07 am

    too good i gonna try the recipe soon,..:-)

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    February 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Would I use almond meal for this? And the almonds would the the blanched, without skins kind right?

  • Zoe
    February 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Hi, I just came across your blog for the first time, great video!! and love “Macaroons.” I’ve made this a month ago… haha Pink Almond Macaroons(which I’ve used beet juice) Prosciutto, and Almond. Thing is that, I was overly excited and forgot to added powder sugar.. but it didn’t turned out so well, but it was delicious. It’s even better after a day or two. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Jenna~

  • Mai
    March 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I was just in Paris this past weekend, and totally thought of this post when I walked past Laduree!

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