Passover Refrigerator Stocking Tips


March 16th 2015

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When preparing for Passover one of the most important things we can do is purchase the proper products to stock the fridge. While the holiday is always hectic and draining, make sure to get products that enable you to make quick and delicious dishes.  Instead of dreading the holiday because of all the eating restrictions it poses, buy the products that will keep you and your family happy over Passover.

This passover keep your fridge stocked with some of Sabras best salads for quick tasty dishes!

Turkish Salad

This Spicy Turkish Tilapia is so tasty I am not sure I will be waiting until Passover to make it! The perfect answer to what is for dinner tonight with less than 5 ingredients.

Cocktail Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs work as an appetizer or main. They are bursting with flavor and are sure to be a real crowd pleaser.


Ratatouille and Ricotta Matza Pizza is a great pizza substitute for those who dread giving up pizza for 8 days!

This Shortcut Shakshuka is both delicious and fast to make! Take a look at this  Jamie’s take on the recipe here.

Spanish Eggplant Salad

If you love simple and delicious recipes try this Parsley Crusted Salmon Over Spanish Eggplant that has just a few simple steps and almost no cleanup! Check out Jamie’s video for this recipe here.

Veggie Liver Salad

Veggie Liver Stuffed Mushrooms is the perfect recipe to make for your vegetarian guests!

Babaganoush Salad

Baked Root Vegetable Chips with Babaganoush is the perfect snack to have on hand the entire holiday.

Grilled Eggplant Salad

Grilled Eggplant Salad

Grilled Eggplant and Roasted Pepper Salad with Preserved Lemon is both amazing as a dip for matzo and on its on!

Keep the holiday light easy and enjoyable with these delicious dips that can be used in so many different ways! Even when you are too tired to do any cooking just have one of these spreads on Matza and enjoy every bite!

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/RECIPE/ Baked Oatmeal To Go


March 15th 2015

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Don’t let the array of ingredients intimidate you on this recipe. If you’ve been wanting to add some flax into your diet start here. This recipe is not picky and makes some scrumptious  little snacks. I really loved the fact that this recipe gave measurements for stevia (it even had a honey option for those of you who don’t love stevia yet) in the packets or to measure out from a jar  – WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

I was worried when I added the full amount of milk, it was SO runny. But I went with it and it ended up working out just fine.

Instead of using the optional toppings as toppings I mixed them in to spread the flavor. That made this recipe a winner. The chocolate chips spread throughout and the wonderful crunch of the walnuts were not just on the top. I wanted a mixture of flavors not just chocolate and walnut, or cinnamon and raisins. So here is what I did to get that, I did not add the cinnamon in with the dry ingredients. Instead I mixed the batter portion up in a large bowl and then had smaller bowls with my “flavor options” one was raisin, date, cinnamon, & walnut, another was chocolate chips, and walnut etc. Any of your fav combos would work. Then I divided the batter between the four smaller bowls and mixed them to combine.

This accomplished two objectives: 1) mixed the toppings in to make the whole treat yummy, not just the top 2) gave me different flavor profiles for all the people in my family, everyone won.

The batch came out with a bit more (a whole extra pan) than the recipe said which I think is a wonderful thing. But be warned since it will take a little bit more oven time. I liked them a bit thinner, gave it more of a treat bar feel vs. a muffin feel. Over all healthy, fast and a great way to use up that chametz. #chametzfest2015 #bakedoatmealtogo


Week {20} Recipes


March 15th 2015

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Here are this weeks recipes recipes. Some contain chametz {for those of us with some chametz to still use up ;) } and some chametz-free {for those of us who are completely prepared for Pesach}:

Beef Pot Au Feu

Sausage, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Hash

Creamy Spinach Torta in a Potato Crust

Coconut Curry Salmon

Bow-Tie Pasta Salad with Chicken

Easy and Simple Beef Barley Stew in the Slow…

Apple Crunch Bread Pudding and Orange Sunrise…

Chocolate Infinity Pie


What Are Kitniyot and Gebrokts?


March 15th 2015

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Kitniyot refers to  grains and legumes such as rice, corn, soy beans, string beans, peas, lentils, mustard, sesame seeds and poppy seeds which are traditionally not eaten by Ashkenazic Jews on Passover.

Gebrokts is a yiddish word that refers to matzah that has come in contact with water, many hassidic Jews refrain from eating Gebrokts on Passover.

Coming from a family that has both Kitniyot and Non Kitniyot members on Passover I can honestly say that at times it’s a bit overwhelming. I remember the first Passover spent with my sister and her new husband who didn’t eat Kitniyot or Gebrokts!

My mother printed out lists of foods and spices they couldn’t eat and that holiday we all ate a Kitniyot and Gebrokts free seder.

9 Years later we seem to have mastered the integrated Passover meal. We have two soups, multiple mains, and overall it works flawlessly.

Here are some things we have learned over the years. When preparing for a seder like this we try to separate a few things.

1. Make all your mains without kitniyot or Gebrokts and keep your kitniyot dishes separate so that the mains are able to be eaten by everyone.

Here are some delicious mains you should try kitniyot and gebrokts free, but not a sacrifice:

Brisket in a Pot with Garlic is a prefect filling main that is full of flavor and has no kitniyot or gebrokts!

Rosemary Walnut Crusted Salmon with Garlic Aioli is another delicious main course option that caters to everyones passover dietary needs.

2. Split Up your Soup!

Since Matzo balls pose an issue for those who refrain from Gabrokts we have found a way to make it simple. Make one large chicken soup. Split it up into two pots one that will have matzo balls and one that won’t. Make sure to fill the one without Matzo balls with loads of vegetables so no one feels like they are missing out.

Try Combining these two Recipes for the ultimate Matzo Ball Soup- Classic Chicken Soup  & Passover Matzo Balls. 

These Passover Matzo Balls have that perfect spongy texture we wait for all year round.


If you are a true matzo ball fan you absolutely must try  this ‘MOD’ Matzo Ball Soup that is packed with delicious vegetables and mouthwatering flavors.

Here are some great side dishes that can be easily separated to accommodate Kitniyot and non Kitniyot eaters!

Wild Rice with Carrots and Beets will brighten up your seder table with delicious flavors and colors.This dish can easily be separated into a vegetable dish and a rice dish. Just make extra vegetables and keep them separate from the vegetables that go into the rice and now you have two great sides!


Caramelized Corn and Red Pepper Salad is a great salad option for your guests who will love these springy flavors. This salad can be made two ways, with and without corn so it is edible for everyone at your table!

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, menus ideas and Passover tidbits with our daily Passover Countdown articles, sign up to get them in your email here, make sure to check off Passover Countdown.

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RSVP #Philly4Passover Cheesey Twitter Party


March 15th 2015

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You’re invited to join our #Philly4Passover Twitter chat!

Hosted by @JoyofKosher

Passover is just around the corner and we are sweeping the floors, cleaning out the cupboards and planning our menus.  The cooking holiday will soon be upon us and we have lots of tips and tricks and recipes to get you through with a little help from PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

We are having a party on Twitter so join us for lots of fun chat and of course, a bunch of fun giveaways including 1 subscription to  Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine, 3 $50 Amex cards and 1 $100 Amex card.  Ask questions, share your tips and invite your friends! You never know what will happen at a #Philly4Passover Twitter party.


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Top 10 Passover Approved Snacks


March 13th 2015

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Need snack Ideas for the holiday? Well we have made a list of our top ten favorite Passover snacks! Whether you are looking for snacks to take for your family trips or are looking for something to munch on during the long Yom Tov days this list will provide you with all the essentials.

1. Baked Root Vegetable Chips With Babaganoush for those who prefer savory snacks this is the one for you! You will be getting that crunch and will be eating healthy! Enjoy these salty and delicious chips.

2.Madgooga (Date Balls) a great and healthy option! The dates and coconut are the perfect combination for a snack that everyone, including the kids, seem to love.

3. Salted Chocolate Chip Macaroons are a  new spin on an old passover recipe turning your average macaroons into chocolate chip cookies!

4. Brussel Sprout Latkes are a great new spin on traditional Latkes, just prep them in the morning and take them on all your passover trips!

5. Spicy Nut Truffles a gluten free treat that everyone loves!

6. Sizzling Honey Glazed Nuts are the perfect on-the-go passover snack!

7. Raspberry Truffles are the best and simplest dessert recipe with only two ingredients!

8.  Spaghetti Squash Bites,a delicious healthy snack alternative that is east make and keep on hand all throughout the holiday.

9. Chocolate Bark always a huge crowd pleaser! It is easy to make and can be made with so many different ingredients.

10.  Ending the list with a Passover classic, a Coconut Macaroon!

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Pesach/Spring 2015 Issue


March 12th 2015

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Check out our Pesach/Spring issue – 100% Gluten free with recipes for Spring Salads, Spralizing, Poached Fish, Full lamb guide, make ahead ideas for an easier seder, Make your own spices and so much more.
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How To Make The Best Carb Free Hash


March 12th 2015

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You are probably most familiar with hash browns, the ever favorite, breakfast/brunch potato side popular in diners and restaurants everywhere.  Hash browns refer to any type of pan fried potatoes, usually mixed with onions and seasoning, but there is no strict rule though. As you may have noticed, sometimes hash browns are shredded, sometimes they are diced big or small, but as long as the potatoes are browned in a pan they call them hash browns.  Some places, although less common in kosher places, offer corned beef hash, which is corned beef sautéed with potatoes.  Mike’s Bistro makes a nice version of that dish.  Although traditionally potatoes are used in most hash recipes, there are so many wonderful vegetables that can work in place of the potatoes. Also, it is a great way to use up leftovers.

Whether you have leftover meat or vegetables or want to start from scratch, all you need is a big hot frying pan.   This is a great Passover dish too. Whether you choose to add potatoes or keep it with just veggies, it is naturally kosher for Passover.  A little meat goes a long way in a hash, so use flavorful meat like Joburg Sausage.  Any variety will do.  Cut it up into cubes, saute in a large pan with oil, add your favorite chopped up vegetables and enjoy!!

BTW, Joburg Kosher is launching new and updated sausage flavors just in time for Passover! I am so excited to go find them at my kosher market. New flavors include Bratwurst, Beef and Lamb Moroccan and South African Boerewors, all precooked and ready to eat.

Here is my recipe for Cauliflower Brussels Sprout and Sausage Hash.  What’s your favorite combo?

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18 Wheat Free Passover Recipes


March 12th 2015

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With a little help from our go to Passover ingredient, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, we make sure you don’t miss out on flavor and variety with these delicious wheat free Passover recipes.

chutney cheese dip recipe

Chutney Cheese Dip

Think after school snack, fancy hors-d’oeuvre, or late night snack. This dip does it all!

Smoked Trout Dip
The smokiness offers a splash of flavor that can do much more than breakfast duty.

Zucchini Alfredo
Enjoy a lighter, creamy Alfredo sauce over low calorie zucchini. Click here to watch how easy it is to make this amazing recipe.

Spinach Potato Torta

Potato Spinach Torta
This looks fancy, but it is actually quite easy to make. Don’t forget to keep some extra crispy potatoes on the side so you have some to snack on while your Torta is cooking.

Cream Cheese Ice Cream with Macaroons

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Crumbled Macaroons
Enjoy this cream cheese ice cream with little bits of macaroon mixed in. A new Passover tradition!

Chocolate Orange Coeur a la Creme Cheesecake with Cherry Compote
A naturally wheat-free no bake cheesecake flavored with chocolate and topped with cherries.  WATCH and learn to make it.

spaghetti squash bites

Spaghetti Squash Bites
The best spaghetti on Passover is spaghetti squash!

passover crepes with salmon and cream cheese

Passover Crepes with Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
Savor and serve these crepes any time of day, wheat-free and quick to make.

twice baked sweet potatoes with cream cheese

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Twice baked is twice as good!

herbed frittata for passover

Herbed Frittata
An egg-celent way to start the day!

coconut hay stacks

Chocolate Marshmallow Haystacks
Marshmallows, coconut, cream cheese and chocolate make for a sweet Passover treat.

almond cookies meringue

Ginger Cream Meringue Sandwiches
Meringue is marvelous on Passover! Naturally wheat-free!

grilled zucchini roll ups

Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups
Once you grill the zucchini, lunch or dinner is a snap.

pumpkin flan

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Flan
This pumpkin flan is gorgeous in color and delicious in flavor. So easy, too!

creamy glazed carrots

Creamy Carrots
Dress up your carrot side dish with some herbs and a creamy cheese sauce.

creamy poblanos

Creamy Poblano Strips
Like a chile relleno, but instead of stuffing, we slice it and slather it.

Creamy Asparagus Soup
Asparagus soup is a wonderful springtime recipe, flavored with cream cheese for just the right amount of creaminess.

Coconut Curry Salmon
Spectacular salmon curry in a hurry!

We’re creating tons of new Passover recipes featuring PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese as part of our new partnership, see them all at


Passover Menu How To


March 12th 2015

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When planning your Passover menu there are few tricks that I have learned over the years.

  1. Get your guest list straight. Know who is coming, what they eat, and what they don’t.
  2. I am a huge fan of salads and vegetables. They are easy to make, delicious and add a big health benefit.

Citrus Glazed Roasted Carrots These sweet caramelized carrots are a simple but elegant dish that pairs well with almost everything!

Colorful Cauliflower A simple healthy recipe that will bring color to your table.

Balsamic Cucumber and Carrot Ribbon Salad The ribbons of vegetables look beautiful on the plate, and taste even better.  This salad is less work than it looks, all you need is a vegetable peeler to cut the veggies into ribbons.

Creamy Kale with Capers and Hazelnut salad is the perfect combination of soft and crunchy. The kale is deliciously smooth while the hazelnuts provide that much needed crunch.

3.  I love soup all year round and never pass up on an opportunity to have soup so when Passover comes along with the promise of matzo ball soup I simply can’t wait.

Try this Carrot Dill Soup for your seder and be prepared to have no leftovers!

4. Moving on to mains, I like to make sure there is a variety of mains that will make everyone happy. I find it is easiest when having a lot of guests, like I often do, to make 2 in one dishes, a dish that contains a main and a side dish (ex. Stuffed chicken with vegetables and quinoa).

These Stuffed Peppers work for both Ochlei Kitniyot and those who don’t eat Kitniyot. Just switch out the rice for quinoa and you have a great dish to serve.

Teriyaki Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts are a huge crowd pleaser and reheat extremely well, (just use Passover teriyaki) they were even better the next day!

5.Last but not least desserts!

Chocolate Almond Pot Au Creme because who doesn’t love chocolate dessert!

I always enjoy menu planning, it’s fun and gives me a chance to be creative, so enjoy relax and start planning!

Here are a few more menus from years past you might like to check out for lots of Passover Menu Ideas.

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5 Flavored Matzo Ball Recipes for Passover


March 11th 2015

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For many people matzo ball soup is nostalgic of Passover, the thing people most look forward to (besides the brisket) during the seder.  It’s hard not to love it, the soup, matzo ball and the comforting flavors of the chicken broth.  For those who have never felt that love, or who are looking to re-kindle it, there are a number of way to liven up the classic matzo ball soup.  Below are 5 must-try recipes that will breathe new life into your favorite matzo ball soup recipe.


Saffron Matzo Ball Soup With Sofrito: A little spice and plenty of character, this Latin-America reminiscent matzo ball soup is packed with flavor.


Carrot Dill Matzah Balls: If you’re not looking to stray too far from tradition, then this might be your recipe.  Incorporate the vegetables and herbs that are normally floating in the soup right into the matzo ball!

Stuffed Matzo Balls

Use your favorite recipe and stuff them!!

Prune Stuffed Matzo Balls


Meat Stuffed - Passover Egg Drop MatzoTon Soup: For the many who don’t go to restaurants on Passover, have no fear, you won’t go into withdrawal from your favorite chinese place if you try egg and wonton (MatzoTon!) soup recipe.


“Mod” Matzo Ball Soup: For all the minestrone lovers out there, this is your new matzo ball soup. The red broth is a fun and unexpected play on the traditional clear chicken broth.


Passover Matzo Balls:  For the die-hard tradition-keepers, this recipe will keep those matzo balls soft and floating right at the top.  The seltzer gives them the airiness, while the olive oil gives the matzo balls a deeper flavor than vegetable oil.


 Try whole wheat and add spinach for color and flavor – Spinach Whole Wheat Matzo Balls.

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Getting Children Involved in Passover Prep


March 11th 2015

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Since Pre-Passover is always a difficult time, why not get the whole family involved?

Somehow Mothers are always running wild to get everything ready for the holiday without stopping to think of how to utilize the little hands around them. Generally kids love to help, and if they don’t, well here is the good news, Parents make the rules.

RULE 1 – Every child can search for chametz in their own room, even if they aren’t old enough to clean very well, they sure know how to search.

RULE 2 – Put each child in charge of a different task for the seder based on their own capabilities.

RULE 3 – Kids can polish the silver and can make Passover crafts/decorations.

RULRE 4 – Offer lots of rewards.

When the children complete their tasks reward them with Kosher For Passover snacks that are either store bought or easy to make!


These Raspberry Truffles are easy to make and are delicious your kids will love getting these as a reward for their Passover prep contribution!



Another quick and delicious recipe is Raw Date Brownies! These raw treats will have the whole family raving for more!

These snacks are perfect to have on hand and are easy to make before the holiday so everyone is happy! Having each child be responsible for their own space will not only help you but will make Passover preparations a family activity. So get everyone involved and enjoy the family time!

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‘Ma Nishtana Halayla Haze?’


March 10th 2015

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With all the hustle and bustle leading up to Passover it’s hard to make sure we stop for a second and enjoy the holiday that lies ahead of us.  There are little things we can do to make the night special – more special then it already is. After all the hard work we put into preparing for the holiday it is crucial that we look forward to the special evening.

We suggest making some special dishes that will simply elevate your meal and make you look forward to serving your special creations.

Here are three recipes that will help bring something new and delicious to your tables!

For a delicious and colorful Main try this Roasted Lamb with Pomegranate and Wine.

Try serving this Summer Passion Fruit Sangria that will surprise and impress all your guests on Passover.

These Chocolate Macaroons will simply melt in your mouth and keep everyone at your dinner table wanting more!

Try adding some surprises to your meals to give yourselves, your family and your guests something special to look forward to!

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, menus ideas and Passover tidbits with our daily Passover Countdown articles, sign up to get them in your email here, make sure to check off Passover Countdown.


Zucchini Noodles Alfredo Recipe Video *Giveaway*


March 10th 2015

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Pesach or not, I use the Zucchini spaghetti trick whenever I want to indulge in pasta without the guilt. I’m sure I told you (more than) once that I used to travel with my handheld julienne peeler in my purse. It’s that nifty of a tool.

Very important tip though – you must plan ahead with this recipe. Although it takes just minutes to cook you want, no, you need, the zucchini to air dry for 4 hours. This will help our watery squash keep closer to spaghetti consistency when sautéed.

Now is when we thank G-d and whoever the first person was to have had the genius idea for a low carb humble veg like zucchini as a stand in for pasta!
Watch just how easy this is to make.

Get the full recipe for Zucchini Noodles Alfredo here.
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Chag Kasher V’Sameach and enJOY!

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Kosher Pastured Duck Confit *Giveaway*


March 9th 2015

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Duck confit, a traditional French recipe, is an indulgent and sinfully-good dish. The process of confit is centuries-old and consists of curing and then cooking the duck in its rendered fat. The technique of rubbing the seasoning on the duck and letting it chill for 24 hours allows for the meat to cure and to take in the spices. The duck confit and rendered fat can be kept in a sealed jar for up to six months. Our Apricot Glazed Duck Confit recipe is not too difficult, but the final product is delicious and tender.

We used Grow & Behold’s Duck Legs for this recipe. The classic way for duck legs to be prepared is “confit”, which is a French culinary method of cooking the duck in its own fat. This slow-cook technique allows the duck to become very tender and rich tasting.  All of Grow & Behold’s products are Glatt Kosher and pasture raised. As soon as the birds are large enough to be moved outside, they spend their entire lives on grass. They live in spacious, movable pens that are moved each day allowing them to access a growing salad bar of natural food. The birds are also fed a special blend of non-GMO food.

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