Passover: Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

Most desserts that are kosher for Passover don’t seem that appealing.

How good could they be without flour and baking soda and baking powder?  To me, it’s the same as eating a pizza without the tomato sauce— you’re more aware of what’s missing than what you have.

There’s nothing appealing about this display- neither the sign, nor the flavorless treats in the boxes

However, one of my favorite Passover desserts is Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread. Maybe that’s because I’m also a lover of biscotti, the well-known Italian dessert, to which Mandel Bread is similar in looks, crispiness, and taste.

Mandel Bread in Yiddish literally means twice- baked almond bread.  It’s made by forming dough into a loaf, baking it, slicing the loaf into oblong cookies and baking again. Apparently these crunchy cookies were popular in Eastern Europe among Jews and merchants as a staple dessert that kept well.

Mom’s recipe is extremely easy to follow and only allows for 30 minutes baking time.  While many people like to add nuts or raisins to the mix, I play it safe and use [Read more…]

Passover: Chocolate Covered Matzoh

As a parent raising a Jewish family away from my hometown, I find myself feeling a little unglued and very melancholic.

I miss the chaos of the Seder meals from my youth– muli-generational, multi-family, songs, tall tales, etc…

I miss listening to my grandmother recite the prayers and my parents sing the holiday songs.

I miss the frenzy when we were allowed to finally get up from the table to search for the hidden pieces of matzoh (Afikomen) around the house.

These past few years, I feel so honored to have an all access pass to Mom’s celebrated Passover recipes I categorized in the “Jewish Judy” tab of the My Judy the Foodie binder.  I’m even more blessed to be able to continue the holiday tradition and host a Seder of my own for my children.

After all these years, Mom would certainly be proud knowing she’s still nourishing all of our souls….

Chocolate Covered Matzoh is a family favorite and [Read more…]

Soy Noodles

soynoodles

We’re gearing up for Passover in a week so that means that we’ve been plowing through some of the carbs that are in our pantry.  I usually don’t cook too many noodle dishes for dinner because I know that my kids probably default the spaghetti dishes at least two days out of the week. But, this dish is so tasty and easy to make, I knew it would be a homerun.

If you don’t have some of the ingredients in this recipe, that’s ok, I didn’t either.  The original recipe has Shaoxing wine which I left out.  And (gulp) use whatever thin noodles you want as I didn’t have Hong Kong-style egg noodles.  Bottom line, you certainly don’t need [Read more…]

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

asparagus with egg

It’s spring and asparagus is in season!  Asparagus has been on my vegetable hit list for quite some time.

Both of my kids detest the vegetable so I’ve been desperately searching for one recipe that might, just might, make their eyebrows perk and their taste buds surrender.

Admittedly, I grew up eating very little asparagus— mainly steamed.  And, I didn’t like it either. So, the hunt was not only for my kids but, myself as well.

I finally hit the jackpot [Read more…]

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