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Almond Joy Macaroons

April 9th, 2015
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One lonely macaroon (note the new kitchen counter!)

One lonely macaroon (note the new kitchen counter!)

If your only exposure to Jewish holidays is our website, you might think that they revolve exclusively around desserts. Yes, we just baked hamantaschen for Purim, and yes, cheesecake is coming up for Shavuot. Actually, come to think of it, sweets are a big part of many holidays. They’re not defined by their desserts, but most holidays do have an associated treat, maybe to remind us of the sweetness of the seasons: honey cake at Rosh Hashanah, sufganiyot (Israeli jelly doughnuts) at Hannukah, and macaroons at Passover.

This year, we’ve been away for much of Passover, but we got home last night and this morning the girls and I felt like making something sweet, so we scrounged in our new kitchen for kosher-for-Passover ingredients. What we found was pretty meagre–a couple of egg whites and not quite enough shredded coconut for a whole batch of macaroons. We did have some almonds, though, and always a lot of good chocolate, so we came up with the following. One bite, and we knew exactly what they tasted like: Almond Joy!

Almond Joy Macaroons

Makes 1 dozen

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1 1/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1/3 cup almonds, chopped

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup chocolate chips

2 egg whites

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Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. The mixture will feel like it’s not binding enough, but don’t worry, it will stick together when it’s baked. Drop in large spoonfuls on a parchment lined baking sheet, shaping a bit with your hands to make sure each cookie stays mounded. Bake 15-20 minutes, until sides are lightly browned. Cool on the baking sheet until firm.

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A Very Woodzee Passover

April 3rd, 2015
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The Swiftsweepers Hedgehog family sits down to their Passover Seder.

The Swiftsweepers Hedgehog family sits down to their Passover Seder.

We send our girls to Levey Day School in Portland — Maine’s only Jewish Day School, where they receive a wonderful education, and the benefits of a Levey education never cease to surprise and amaze us. The latest manifestation is Charlotte’s creation of a Woodzee Passover Seder. The Woodzeez are sweet woodland creature collectible figures that our girls have been in love with for the past year, and come in various families from Tidyshine Turtle family to the Swiftsweepers Hedgehog family (pictured above — who we had no idea were Jewish Hedgehogs!) Charlotte can spend hours arranging and rearranging the critters, often employing the many small items that come with the figures or collectible sets. However, when your toys don’t come with Passover paraphernalia, what does a good Levey student do? She improvises. These Woodzeez are sitting down to a Seder table decorated with real miniature matzah, parsley, charoset, a shankbone made from a plant stem, a paper egg, and minuature haggadahs opened to the 4 questions. Here’s to a happy Passover to all our friends, human and Woodzee alike. May next year be in Honeysuckle Hollow!

An owl's-eye-view of the Passover table

An owl’s-eye-view of the Passover table

Father Whoosh Hedgehog leads the Seder

Father Whoosh Hedgehog leads the Seder

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