Well, we gave it a try! We made our first batch of macarons - ever! I must say, it was terribly exciting and terrifying. I read so much to prepare beforehand that I think I got all psyched up for the process unnecessarily. It went well minus the fact that we got skirts, not feet! I think we will let them sit out about 4 hours before baking the macarons just to be safe next time. We only dried them for about one hour so hopefully that was the reason for the skirtage. Oh well. You live and you learn. Or, you bake and you learn.
For the recipe, we substituted some ready-made dulce de leche instead of making our own caramel since I haven't had much luck with that.
Anyway, we didn't feel like typing out the super long recipe so there's a link to the scanned recipe from Food & Drink Magazine:
Recipe for Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons