[FHCx152] National Macaroon Day



Our sources are unreliable this time around. And spelling differences between French and English don’t make this easier. Some swear that a macaroon is that coconutty ball held together by sugar and other tasty stuff. They’re popular with Jewish people on passover because they are one of the few treats that does not require leavening of flour.

Others say that the only real thing that can be called a macaroon is the French Macaron, the meringue-based cookie thing. On the one hand, wikipedia insists that a macaron is not to be confused with a macaroon. But according to John Murrel’s A Daily Exercise for Ladies and Gentlewomen, written in 1617, these are referred to as “French Macaroones.”

Tomato, to-mah-to? Whatever. We wanted to play it safe so we handled both.

Exhibit A: Patrick’s Bakery‘s caramel macaroon. Yes, they spell it with two Os. We picked this one up from Patrick’s when we were there for Coq Au Vin day. A great macaron has a very light crust to it, that comes from the meringue, followed by a delightful center that is typically chewy and pasty. And they do just as good a job with these macarons as they did with their food. Well worth heading in and picking some up! Plus, they’re much bigger than the usual, but it doesn’t sacrifice any flavor.

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Exhibit B: The best coconut macaroon known to humankind. It comes from Salty Tart bakery at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. SP and SPom discovered these amazing macaroons at the Minnesota State Fair at a produce stand several years ago. Since then, we’ve frequently made trips to the MGM for dinner (often at The Rabbit Hole) and made sure to pick up a pack of these amazing things.

Then, as it turned out, Andrew Zimmern talked about them on one of our favorite shows, Best Thing I Ever Ate.


We love them. They’re to die for. I mean, look at this.

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Ugh, mouth watering again. So whether you are of the Macaroon Mobsters or of the Macaron Musketeers, today is the day for you!

Anyway, tomorrow is National Hazelnut Cake Day and National Olive Day!


[FHCx150] National Coq Au Vin Day

Chicken! Bwaaaak!


Another French cuisine holiday doesn’t faze us at all. We’re in it to win it. This time we chowed down at Patrick’s Bakery in Edina/Richfield and it was terrific. This place is an amazing bistro with an unbelievable bakery. And since we didn’t get enough French food at Salut last Tuesday, we wanted to get something different.

Coq Au Vin is one of those important standards. It’s also one which helped solidify the popularity of Julia Child as one of her breakout recipes in 1961. The dish is more than just chicken/hen and red wine. We’re talking mushrooms, bacon, and all the fixings. No more paragraphs. Pictures of our dinner:

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French Onion Soup sans gratin. It was great.

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The Coq Au Vin

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Beef Bourguignon

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The Sarah Cake: Pistachio and Chocolate Mousse with a dark chocolate ganache. So good.

Tomorrow is National Mint Julep Day!