Where I got to meet some awesome teens.
And give a speech.
And hang out with a bunch of really cool people -- teens, writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, ice cream sellers, parents, story-tellers... including the wise and witty Pete Hautman.
And then ski with my husband -- and some great friends -- in Vail.
More fun people from the conference. (Can you tell I am having trouble organizing the photos on my website? The order is just going to have to be random.)
Incredibly Easy Macaroons
2 cups packaged, shredded coconut
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
3 large egg whites
garnish: chopped dried fruit, chocolate chips, crystallized ginger, whole almonds, etc.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. In a bowl, toss the coconut, sugar and salt together. Add the egg whites and mix the ingredients until a uniform “dough” has formed. Take heaping teaspoons of dough and shape them into about 20 balls. Place the balls on the cookie sheet a piece of put a garnish on top of each ball. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a cake rack to cool completely. Makes about 20
If you like firmer macaroons, mix 1/4 cup matzo cake meal into the dough.
To make them chocolate covered: melt some semisweet chocolate with vegetable shortening (about one tablespoon for every 6 ounces of chocolate). Use this as a dip to cover the baked macaroons.