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Macaron vs. Macaroon: It Isn’t Even a Debate

January 18, 2015

Attention, everyone: it’s time you all finally understood the difference between a macaron and a macaroon. They are NOT the same thing, no matter what you think.

A macaron is a delicate French confection made with egg whites, granulated sugar, ground almonds, and food coloring. A macaroon, however, is something different: it’s most often made from coconut, egg white and sugar, and is sometimes dipped in chocolate. It’s a popular treat for Passover, because it contains no flour. Even the dummies over at Popsugar know the difference.

Just as many seemingly-insignificant things anger my friend the Profussor, this particular failure of understanding makes me irrationally angry. Here’s the post that ignited my rage today:

I tweeted a correction, natch. But, no response as of yet. Surprise.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had to correct someone on the macaron/macaroon question; just last month I sent a Facebook message to the direct-sales company PartyLite, for this gaffe in their catalog:

FH14_J005_P91120_025  Partylite Macaroon

Take a look at the accompanying text: not only did they call it a “macaroon”, they described it as a “rich and buttery…sweet”. My head nearly exploded. NEITHER MACARONS NOR MACAROONS CONTAIN BUTTER. Their reply to my polite correction was, “Thank you for bringing it to our attention.” Which means, essentially, “Piss off, you pedant.”

Let’s review.

These are macarons:

These are macaroons:

macaroons

See the difference?

Great. Now please never make this mistake again. You’re better than that.

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 8

December 21, 2014

Hour 3 of the 2009 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2009, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Elisa Streeter, news anchor for News10
  • Fred Foy, Radio Hall of Famer and Announcer/Narrator for “The Lone Ranger” radio series
  • Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
  • “Ave Maria” performed by Perry Como

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 7

December 21, 2014

Hour 2 of the 2009 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2009, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • “White Christmas”, performed by big band crooner Garry Stevens with the Charlie Spivak orchestra
  • Benita Zahn, anchor with NewsChannel13 WNYT
  • Julie Chapman, anchor for Capital News 9 (now Time Warner Cable News)
  • Jim Tedisco, NYS Assemblyman
  • Ann Hughes, former anchor for Fox23 News

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 6

December 21, 2014

Hour 1 of the 2009 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2009, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Old Time Radio Clip: “Truth or Consequences” with Ralph Edwards
  • Old Time Radio Clip: “Home for the Holidays” sung by Perry Como
  • Dori Marlin, anchor for CBS6 Albany
  • Paul Grondahl, staff writer for the Albany Times Union
  • U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 5

December 21, 2014

Hour 5 of the 2008 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2008, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Old Time Radio Clip: “The Nativity Play” from The First Nighter Program, a radio anthology series that aired 1930-1953
  • Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, delivering his annual Christmas message
  • Old Time Radio Clip: “Ave Maria” sung by Perry Como

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 4

December 21, 2014

Hour 4 of the 2008 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2008, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Neil D. Breslin, New York State Senator and Michael Breslin, former Albany County Executive
  • Ernie Tetrault, former news anchor with WRGB
  • Michael McNulty, former U.S. Congressman from NY, his sister Ellen McNulty Ryan, Mayor of Green Island, and their father John J. (Jack) McNulty, former Albany County Sheriff
  • Old Time Radio Clip: From the Bing Crosby Show, December 1942 – Academy Award winning actress Fay Bainter reads Francis P. Church’s 1897 editorial in the New York Sun which contains the famous quote, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”.

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

A Very Special Jack Keenan Christmas – Episode 3

December 21, 2014

Hour 3 of the 2008 Jack Keenan Christmas Special – originally aired on December 24/25 2008, on Talk1300, WGDJ-AM, Albany NY. This hour’s guests:

  • Jack McEneny, former NYS Assemblyman
  • Elisa Streeter, news anchor for NEWS10
  • Fred Foy, Radio Hall of Famer and Announcer/Narrator on “The Lone Ranger” radio show

Presenting this show to you is my tribute to the late Jack Keenan, who passed away in November 2014. He had always hoped his Christmas Special could have aired for that 30th year, and this is my way of honoring his wish. I hope you and your family enjoy listening to this show as much as Jack enjoyed making it (and as much as I enjoyed producing it).

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