Without tasting his cookies first I cannot tell if he is lying or not.
Amira I never fully understood the definition _in practice_ of parve anyway but I wonder:if the filling is baked why the cookies should be kept in the refrigerator?
Also, are we sure that the man isn't just a master in baking marengues and he achieves a crispy marengue which is soft in its core?
Before replying yesterday I checked my grandma's recipe book who was a sefardic Jew that lived in Saloniki along with a couple of books I have about the Kitchen of the Jews of Thessaloniki( Salonika or Saloniki).
None of my source lists bezedes as a pastry that the Salonikli used to make but I am not concerned about that because it's a popular cookie.
Also Amira from all the recipes I have ( and believe me that I have _ a lot_ there isn't any single one for cookies like the ones you describe. As I said yesterday the recipes are divided in two categories and they are like the ones Zakerig posted. BUT the fact that we don't know something doesn't mean that it doesn't exist and of course we,cooks don't believe in miracles, there must be a away to produce the effect that he does. ;)
I will call a couple of people in Salonika and check because I am curious now myself.
I suggest you print my post after removing the parts about lying ( ;) ) and show it to this man along with my greetings and see how he will respond. :chef:
"Muabet de Turko,kama de Grego i komer de Djidio", old sefardic proverb ( Three things worth in life: the gossip of the Turk , the bed of the Greek and the food of the Jew)