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Jewish Holidays

Passover: Creative Cooking

March 23, 2009, by

Most dishes we think of as “Jewish food” are delicious borrowings from whatever country our ancestors happened to find themselves in, but one of the very few foods that Jews actually did invent is matzoh, the unleavened cakes the Hebrew slaves ate in their haste to depart Egypt. Today strict rabbinical rules govern every aspect […]

Pesach Onion Kugel

March 19, 2009, by

6 eggs 2 cups chopped onion 1/3 cup oil 1/2 cup matzah meal 1-1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Beat eggs until light. Stir in onions, oil, matzo meal, salt and pepper. Pour into a well-oiled 14 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Serves […]

Pesach Beets and Sweets

March 19, 2009, by

With the cleaning and scrubbing well underway (oh, to be finished) it is now time to concentrate on the kitchen, and the preparation of those special Pesach foods. Since beets are one of the most widely and traditionally used vegetable at this time of year, we will focus on them (and sneak in a little […]

Passover Memories Then and Now

March 19, 2009, by

My favorite recipes are those that stand the test of time, especially family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special food memories as food has the power to transport us back in time to life’s special occasions and the holidays from days gone by. When I was […]

Passover in Paris

March 19, 2009, by

During our years in France, my husband and I had the opportunity to explore French Jewish cuisine and to attend Parisian Passover Seders. Most of the Jews in France are either of North African or Ashkenazi origin, and the taste of both groups was apparent in our holiday fare. Although tradition dictates much of the […]

Make Ahead Dishes for Passover

March 19, 2009, by

So much to cook. So little time. This year the first night of Passover is April 8th, a Wednesday. Add a second Seder and Shabbat and we have to prepare meals for three holiday days in a row. If you work outside the home or have small children to care for or you’re just plain […]

Macaroons for Passover

March 19, 2009, by

In the weeks before Passover, which begins this year at sundown on April 8th, I start to think about getting my home ready for the holiday and about the first Seder. Who will come? Because of space considerations and growing families it is my husband’s side one year, my side the next. What will I […]

Taking the Magic Back

March 19, 2009, by

When springtime comes I begin scowling at the insides of closets and the undersides of beds. “Pesach is coming,” I mutter to myself and sigh. “Pesach is coming,” I repeat, “and I have more work than one human being could possibly do.” Then I sigh again, theatrically. I don’t even notice my son, listening, until […]

Vayeda Elokim: What did God Know?

March 19, 2009, by

Based on a commentary in the new Haggadah, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with the commentary of “the Rav”, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. Compiled by Rabbi Simon Posner. For the Rav, one of the themes that resonates throughout the Haggadah is the eternal spark of holiness in the Jewish soul that is never extinguished even […]

Make Your Sheep Count!

April 17, 2008, by

What is unique about sheep? They play a prominent role in the Pesach story and its commemorative commandments. Starting back in Egypt, G-d tells Moshe that each Jewish family should take a sheep and keep it in their care for four days before offering it as a sacrifice on the night of the Exodus. The […]

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