Passover: Mandel Bread

I'm making Mandel Bread today, which, 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, as I imagine most, 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 played it safe and used chocolate chips. Just two … [Read more...]

Matzoh Bark

With Passover around the corner, try this recipe for Matzoh Bark (aka Chocolate Covered Matzoh). It's the perfect activity with your children as who doesn't like pouring melted chocolate over salted matzoh. You can even get creative with your "toppings."  We've used dried cranberries, pistachio bits, shaved coconuts in our past batches of our favorite Passover snack that will last well beyond the 8 days of Passover. Simply place your  finished pieces in an airtight container and refrigerate until serving and after serving. Once you try … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Drizzle

No one will ever suspect how healthy this cake is.  It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and made with all wholesome, healthy ingredients.  And, guess what? It's Kosher for Passover! I know most people are probably done focusing on the dietary restrictions accompany the Passover holiday but, this year, BOTH of my kids want to try to go without eating any foods that contain flour the entire eight days.  That's nearly impossible as their diet's main ingredient is FLOUR! Last week I reached out to Lauren Kelly, a local nutritionist I've … [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 … [Read more...]