In this Christmas season you have already had 400 occasions that required you to bring cookies to an event. Do not get me wrong, I love it. But, when occasion 401 arose, I needed to do something new. Macaroons! And this recipe worked overtime because I baked them again for a gluten free friend. Something about macaroons makes them very conducive to eating lots in a row. (David will attest to this). They are that good and have a lighter feeling than most of your typical flour based cookies.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whip egg whites and salt in a stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Meanwhile, stir together shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. Fold egg whites into coconut mixture.
Place batter in about 1 inch mounds on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
While in college, I found online this ministry that would send you a free copy of RC Sproul’s The Holiness of God. How I ended up on this website or what possessed me to take them up on their offer I do not know. I was a pretty shallow person. And this is a book that is not about shallow things.
To further demonstrate my fickleness, I received the book and then never read it. Oh, our love for free stuff. Even stuff we do not want. Now in present day, I like to think I have a bit more maturity and intellectual interest and love plowing through books on the regular. My demand for books is greater than my supply (by far). I am routinely hustling friends to let me borrow their recommended titles and burning through our family’s monthly book budget. So to my delight, I rediscovered this 265 page treasure in my very own library. And I am very happy I did.
In a word, the book is about holiness – God’s holiness. What holiness encompasses is vast, and it is an intimidating word to our American vernacular. Really, no dictionary is up to the task of defining it. The simplest way to think of it may be “separate.” God is transcendently separate. It makes sense the word seems foreign to us because God himself is completely foreign to us. Just the thoughts in these few sentences already increase my reverence and joy that God would ever become a person, Jesus. (Merry Christmas!)
Perhaps the most debatable topic RC touches on is his claim that holiness is not just one among many in a list of attributes of God, but rather the most signifying descriptor – synonymous with deity itself. His love is holy; His justice is holy; His mercy is holy. This would stand in contrast to the view that none of God’s attributes is more representative of him than another. I could hardly stop reading this book and will return to it again.
The term “crack” in recipe titles would certainly make a list of my least favorite things. It is trashy and pretty insensitive to the horrors of drug abuse. Sorry, I know I am probably being the person who is not fun to talk to dinner parties with this. It is just gross and I do not associate street drugs with appetizing recipes. I will acknowledge, however, that there are (obviously) foods I am capable of eating compulsively. A bowl of a cool, fresh guac and some nice tortilla chips is certainly one of those things. Put it in front of me and it will quickly be gone.
PINEAPPLE & COCONUT GUACAMOLE Serves about 2 cups
2 avocados, mashed
1/2 cup pineapple
1/4 red onion
2 tablespoons coconut, shredded
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro
Salt & pepper
Pulse red onion, pineapple, cilantro, and jalapeno in a food processor.
Remove from processor and combine with avocado, coconut, lime juice, and salt & pepper.