I’m currently in a love/hate relationship with Baltimore.
Love: Getting a snow day last Wednesday without spotting a single flake. Just a little rain and a slight chill in the air. If I were as bad at my job as the Maryland meteorologists are at theirs, I’d be diagnosing every Tom, Dick, and Harry with an acoustic neuroma or neurofibromatosis type 2.
Hate: My commute being doubled when it’s raining, and the fact that Marylanders don’t seem to grasp the “Wipers on, Lights on” law.
Love: Attending the Federal Hill Irish Stroll on Saturday (my first social appearance in almost two months, thankyouverymuch), sipping Blue Moons and enjoying the 62 degree spring weather. Keep in mind this was 3 days after we were meant to get the snowstorm of the century.
Hate: The fact that it took me THREE HOURS to get 3.8 miles home from teaching Body Pump in Canton on Sunday. Apparently, they can shut down the city streets without warning for a parade, while I sit in my car in my sweaty ninja suit crying and counting the number of times they can play Taylor Swift on the radio before I must turn it off and sit in silence.
Good thing when I arrived home from that debacle, I had this cookie dough patiently waiting for me in my fridge. Eating your feelings is so underrated.
Chocolate Pecan Macaroons
adapted from PDX Food Love
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Whip the egg whites for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly and frothy- I used the whisk attachment on my hand mixer. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and salt and combine until smooth.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (in 10-15 second increments) or in a double boiler.
Pour the egg white mixture and the chocolate mixture over the coconut and pecans, and fold them together.
Allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, then bake on a lined or greased baking sheet at 325 for 10-12 minutes.
Love: If you hadn’t noticed, these have no flour, no butter, and no oil. In my book, that means they’re healthy.
Hate: They’re already gone.