Sunday, June 3, 2012

Return in the Rain

My sister-in-law Kelley has a cat named Spooky. He is an indoor cat who somehow escaped during a family dinner last month. My in-laws and sister-in-law spent time putting up fliers around the neighborhood, checking under porches, posting on facebook, and shaking kitty treat bags around. Unfortunately, Spooky remained gone. The fear was that he wouldn't survive outside without front claws and without any true hunting instincts from having lived inside for so many years. Well today, after the rain had subsided, Spooky walked into my in-laws garage. He's thin and probably full of ticks, but he's back! I don't think I would have been as worried before or excited now if we didn't have Ms. Bailey. It makes you think about how much a pet becomes a part of your family, a member you don't want to lose.

Coconut Macaroons
Oven 300

3/4 cup (5 large) egg whites
2/3 cup granulated sugar
10 oz sweetened coconut flakes (Baker's)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan combine egg whites, sugar and coconut flakes and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until all the ingredients combine together, about 12-15 minutes. The mixture should be sticky and moist, not dry. Remove from heat and stir in the almond and vanilla extracts. Set aside on a dish and let it cool in the refrigerator about 30 minutes.

Using a tablespoon, scoop tightly packed tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet covered with a silpat or parchment paper.

Bake 27-30 minutes or until golden.

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