[Passover in the Fridge] French Macarons

I made these before Passover started, and I’ve been going back and forth all week over whether to share the recipe. I made a lot of mistakes with these, both things that I realized after doing them that I could have done better and ways that I didn’t follow the recipe. I finally concluded that this blog will be much more fun if I show my failures as well as my successes, so lets begin. The recipe below is what I did, but if you’re bold you should experiment with the changes I recommend. If I make these again, you’ll definitely be getting an update.

Macarons (pronounced as “macaroons” in English, but as written in French), are a fancy dessert sold in French bakeries, but their popularity is spreading. They’re a bit expensive to buy. They’re also naturally kosher for Passover (and dairy-free) because they are made with almond flour. With that in mind, I figured I would try to impress the pants off of our seder guests with a homemade, fancy French dessert.

Macarons | Found in the Fridge

A very flattering photo of the finished product

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[Passover in the Fridge] Sweet Potato Pear Soup

Sweet Potato Pear Soup | Found in the Fridge

This delicious, vegan sweet potato pear soup is perfectly light, with subtle flavors and warmth. When served with a dollop of thick Cranberry-Orange Vinaigrette and sour cream, it packs a beautiful and bold punch. I first found the recipe when I was browsing my new cookbook, Mollie Katzen’s The Heart of the Plate. I made it out of curiosity and loved it. This is the second time I’ve made it, and it always surprises and delights my audience. Mollie Katzen recommends pairing it with her Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette, and the flavors together are tart and sweet.

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Peanut Noodles

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for potlucks. Its easy, fast, and can be served hot or cold. It’s a great vegan main-dish option that everyone else will enjoy too. You can even make it gluten-free if you substitute rice or rice-based noodles for pasta.

I first made it with this recipe, and I highly recommend it.

I’ve posted here the instructions for how I would usually make it, but when I made it last I had to leave some things out because I didn’t have them. I used macaroni instead of spaghetti, white sugar instead of brown, and I had to leave out the ginger and scallions. The flavor is much less complex without these ingredients, but it still tastes ok. This isn’t the first time I’ve needed ginger, though, so if you’re planning on making a decent amount of Asian-style food, I’d recommend picking it up. I also want to experiment with using ginger in other types of food, because it’s a great spice that isn’t used very often, so it should give your food an unusual, new taste.

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