It is a Good Friday!

I was surprised to discover that coconut macaroons are a traditional dessert during Passover and coconut cake for at Easter is a Southern tradition. .

Following are several interesting blog sites and articles with history and lore of how coconut became part of these two religious holidays desserts.
Waverly Gage, blogger & cooking writer from Texas has a delightfully delicious blog titled Peace and Love in the Kitchen  The lovely coconut layer cake slice with a wreath made out of Magnolia leaves is Waverly’s recipe of the Coconut Cake for her family during Easter.
“I don’t know exactly why, but the coconut layer cake is a Southern Easter tradition. Recipes for it are handed down in families and proliferate Southern community cookbooks. I think that its Southerness is due, in part, to its eccentric looks.  On the outside, glossy white frosting is covered with shredded coconut making it look shaggy, like it is made for a party”. ~ Waverly
Waverly’s Easter menu is listed below with recipes available by clicking on:  An Easter Feast: After the Egg Hunt  then click on each of Waverly food photos with her post to access the recipe.
Hard Boiled Eggs with Shrimp Stuffing: Deviled Eggs a la Julia Child 
Shaved Fennel and Endive Salad with Crostini Romani from The New York Times 
Main Course:
Anchovy and Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb with New Potatoes a la Waverly Gage
Asparagus and Morel Saute a la Waverly Gage
Savory Cheese and Chive Bread from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
Coconut Layer Cake a la Waverly Gage (Magnolia wreath photo & attached) 


CoCoNut MaCaroons:
Leah Koenig is a freelance writer.  Leah sums up her experience of canned coconut macaroons growing to discovering just how wildly delicious home made coconut macaroons can be. Click on link  Beyond Manischewitz’s Wildest Dreams  for the article and her wildly delicious homemade coconut macaroon recipe.
Coconut Macaroon with Orange and Chocolate (photo attached)
Macaroon Historical Lore:
Ronnie Fein is a freelance food and lifestyle writer, owner of Ronnie Fein School of Creative Cooking.  She is also the author of several cookbooks including her latest book Hip Kosher.  Ms. Fein gives us a historical backdrop of how the macaroon came into being; saying most likely Italian or French Jews, early on, realized that macaroons made without flour or leavening, would be perfect for Passover.
Click on  link Macaroons for Passover for the article and these four decadent macaroon recipes listed below.
The Easiest Homemade Coconut Macaroons in the World
Toasted Almond Macaroons
Chocolate Macaroons
Macaroon Espresso Cheesecake

Women in Flowers 

Artist Claude Monet
Happy Easter!
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