I usually test recipes in cookbooks reviewed for this blog, like the post I did on Kosher by Design Cooking Coach last month. This time around I'm in high gear cleaning for Pesach -- it's less than two weeks away now, starting Monday night, March 25th this year. So instead, I'll describe in vivid detail what you'll find within the covers of Passover Made Easy, a newly released cookbook compendium of easy recipes that's a good resource for adventurous cooks who enjoy this holiday as much as I do.
|Expresso Macarons w/ Chocolate Hazelnut Cream, Images by Passover Made Easy|
I love to cook with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and raw ingredients throughout the year, but I really get the opportunity to go all out with these at Passover time. In fact I've already put two items from Passover Made Easy on the menu I'm planning this year that involve basics easily found at the grocery store and farmers market. These recipes include Citrus Beet Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette and Espresso Macarons with Chocolate-Hazelnut Cream.
Say goodbye to old-fashioned canned macaroons -- I have a feeling this new espresso macaron recipe will turn out cookies that are much more tasty and pretty than either those classic rubbery macaroons or those expensive macarons you can buy ready-made.
|Heirloom Tomatoes at a Farmers Market|
How about Brisket Eggrolls as an appetizer or Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup or Tortillas with Tomato-Mint Salsa & Guacamole that you make with ground beef? And for dessert: Hot Apple Pie with Cinnamon-Streusel Ice Cream. Yes! That last sweet treat includes the recipe for the ice cream, too. You get the idea. These recipes are most certainly out of the ordinary. An added bonus: Those who are gluten intolerant will rejoice because all but four of the recipes in this entire cookbook are gluten-free.
|Espresso Macarons w/ Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Image by Passover Made Easy|
For sure there are a plethora of innovative ideas in this cookbook worth trying. The best part is there is a color photograph with each and every recipe so you'll be able to make anything in this book replicating what its creators intended. Now that's what I call Passover made easy. Another good thing to know: This is the first in a series of Made Easy cookbooks that will be published by authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek throughout 2013 and 2014.
Passover Made Easy - Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek is published by Artscroll Mesorah Publications. Listed at $15.99 this softcover 125-page color photo illustrated cook book is available in select stores and online.
|Passover Made Easy shown here with one of our family Seder Plates|