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In honor of the two exhibits making up A Very Impressionistic Summer at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens here in Memphis, we attempted the impossible: macarons. It is clear why well-made ones are so prized because this was not a simple task, and next time, our macarons will just have to (magically?) rise higher. Not bad for our first try, I suppose. However, this recipe gave us a good start, and we kept the macarons simply flavored with vanilla and filled with strawberries or pistachios.
What's your favorite meat-free French dish or recipe?
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1 1/2 cups strawberries (diced)
1/4 cup cane sugar
juice from half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat stovetop to medium. Stir often and cook for 20-30 minutes until cooked down to the consistently of jam. Set aside to cool. Add vinegar and stir.
1/4 cup pistachios
2 tablespoons butter
1/8 cup confectioner's sugar
pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in the food processor and chill for at least an hour before using.
(Pistache Pastry's macarons were our first introduction to the pastry, and they are well worth trying. Check out all the wonderful flavors...)
These look amazing! But there isn't anything you do that's not stunning. My favorite veggie/French dish is a bean cassoulet with roasted veggies. Yum.
Croissants: chocolate, almond, plain and lovely. Is there any other French dish?
mushroom and onion and wild rice
mushroom and onion and wild rice soup
Do french fries count?
Macarons of course! Yours look wonderful. I recently had a piggy amount of the salted caramel macarons from Sweets Bakery in St. Paul but my favorites are the pistachio ones at Miette in the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
Vichyssoise, crepes, baguette smeared with Brie and apricots, any cheese soufflé. The dessert options are simply endless, if you're not vegan, of course.
The French make some awesome bread and my all time favorite is the kugelhopf. Almonds and raisins in sweet deliciousness, super yum. Oh and pithivier! Who can say no to fresh puff pastry and frangipane? It's crispy, flakey, soft and sweet all at the same time.
Your macarons look great! My favorite French vegetarian dish is a fresh baguette, some ferme noir cheese, a couple of glasses of chablis and big bunch of grapes.
Last weekend my husband made vegan crepes stuffed with spinach and topped with a roasted red pepper sauce. In true French fashion, the meal preparation and the meal itself took hours and was accompanied by several glasses of wine.
Brie & Tomato Baguette!
White chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis!
And I love Pistache Pastry's macarons - especially the lemon curd and salted caramel.
Awesome looking recipe. I've wondered about the fruit balsamic combo.
Oh, my! How can one decide on a favorite french dish or recipe? Well, I will say that your post and your question makes me want to wake up to a french omelette filled with fresh veggies,herbs, and a little cheese. And I'll take a couple of croissants and a cafe au lait with that omelette.
Warm baguette with a yummy cheese and a nice glass of red wine followed with a coconut macaroon = heaven!!
These literally look like a vegan version of McDonald's hamburgers lol
Potatoes cooked in duck fat with leeks & garlic
I am a bit of a grammar nazi, and I kept wondering why you were spelling macaroons wrong... then I figured it out! I'm seeing macarons featured everywhere lately, I can't wait to try them, yum-e!
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