Passover: Brownies

Ahem.  Take one look at these brownies and you tell me….do they look kosher for Passover to you?

How can you tell they don’t contain any flour or baking powder?

Well, you can’t tell…

Absolutely NOTHING in these brownies is sacrificed.  Not looks.  Not even taste.

That’s right my friends.  Another simple, easy, Passover dessert that plays nice with your taste buds. [Read more...]

Haroseth with Pear, Pecans and Figs

Haroseth is a chopped nut and fruit mixture served during the Passover seder.  It’s usually eaten between two pieces of matzoh, to represent the mortar used by Jews in building palaces and pyramids of Egypt during their slavery.

I simply cannot figure out why I eat this amazingly flavorful fruit dish only two days out of the entire year.  It should NOT only be designated for this holiday.  This year was my first attempt at making a haroseth recipe.  Like many other dishes I’ve tackled, once in the kitchen and confronted with the ingredients and the directions, I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make.  Seriously, all that’s required is slicing and dicing and mixing of fruits and nuts and you’re done.

Haroseth ingredient palette

My friend came over this morning to help “make” a haroseth recipe she had torn from the paper.  I have found that sharing responsibility in the kitchen with friends is very meaningful to me, especially when the recipe carries such a religious significance.  As we mixed and chopped and toasted, we told stories from our past childhood seders: which songs were sang, what food was served.

While methodically chopping and squeezing and dicing (oh, and we were sampling all along the way), we began concocting other variations and uses for haroseth–from a relish for meat, to ice cream and cereal toppings, to sides for waffles and pancake breakfasts. There is no way we’re going to let this vibrant, flavorful fruit dish’s culinary life get stuck between two pieces of dry matzoh.

When we were finished, we both were so satisfied.  I felt accomplished.  This will be my very second seder where I haven’t dashed to the nearest market to pick up a box of macaroons or candy fruit slices to bring to the host house.

No way.  This Passover, the items I contribute are homemade.

And we all know that homemade= made with love.



Passover: Tzimmes

Classic Rosh Hashanah tzimmes on a festive table

Today I’m sharing a family Passover recipe from the archives of Susan Weikers Balaban.  Susan, like me, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in a loving family.  Her mother, who just celebrated her 100th birthday,  enjoyed entertaining at home (like mine!). No doubt some of Susan’s cooking skills and creative table ideas came from holiday gatherings and parties at home. From her mother’s influence, entertaining family and friends has become her passion. Susan now authors a blog called The Creative Table where she shares her ideas for creative table designs.

Susan has spent her life volunteering on behalf of the State of Israel and causes dear to her heart with a loving family at the forefront of her life.  Apparently I’ve just learned that I was her inspiration to embark on her blogging journey!  Most importantly, she was fortunate to have been dear lifelong friends with my beloved mother Judy…..

Susan is revealing her family’s Tzimmes recipe for the holiday. For those unaware, Tzimmes is a sweet stew that is typically made from [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.

I miss listening to my grandmother recite the prayers and my mother 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 two 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 can’t believe that this year for the first time, we’re mooching off families both nights of the seder meal. While I’m not hosting the actual meal, cooking Mom’s dishes continues to keep her spirit omnipresent in my kitchen and our lives. It also fills the conspicuous void that seems ever so deep during the holiday time. [Read more...]

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