Pesach/Spring 2015 Issue


March 12th 2015

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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?

***Giveaway***Now that I got you craving hash, you can enter to win a sampler pack of the best from Joburg Kosher Sausages!

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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.

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.


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.

This post is part of an ongoing partnership with Winn-Dixie, your neighborhood grocery store.  Winn-Dixie is your one stop shopping for all you Passover needs.    Don’t miss this FREE 20 Passover Seder Recipe Ebook to help you plan.



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!

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.


‘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.

Get our full recipe for Apricot Glazed Duck Confit and then check out our Giveaway for your chance to WIN!!!

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“Avadim Hayinu”: How Not to Become a Slave...


March 9th 2015

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Every year as Passover approaches the panic and stress starts to build. You have to figure out when to start cleaning, what to buy, how many people to host, and how to stay sane while doing all this. For most people who work, getting ready for this holiday may seem impossible! I have come up with a method to stay calm and get everything done on time before Passover.

Last year our Seder had 45 guests, 20 of which were under the age of 12, 5 of which didn’t eat Kitniyot, and 3 of which were complete vegetarians.  My parents landed in Israel just a few days before the holiday, which left most of the preparations to me! In the end, the menu was all-inclusive and catered to all.

1. Start Now!!

  • Go through all the cabinets and throw out anything you won’t use before Passover.
  • Make a list of all useable chametz and plan to use them.

2. Don’t Let Any Food Leave The Kitchen.

  • Every day choose a different room to go through making sure there are no food in any bags, jackets or closets.

3.  Don’t Go Cleaning Crazy!!

  • The halacha is to make sure there is no chametz, you don’t have to spring clean unless you want to (I decided a long time ago not do my Spring cleaning before the most stressful holiday of the year).

4. Guest List, Menu Planning and Shopping

  • Next week, when you are done with your cleaning you can start planning using our Passover Recipes to get started and make a shopping list (Buy pantry items early, it takes the pressure off and you know you the stores will have your favorite items in stock)

Stick to my plan and you can go into the holiday with the right kind of attitude!

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.

10 favorite use up your chametz recipes: (Use up your pasta, bread, pizza dough, puff pastry, flour, and oats)

Minestrone Soup

Persian Bean and Noodle Soup

Apple Cheddar Monte Cristo Sandwich

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Beet Pepperoni Pizza

Salmon En Croute

Lamb Turnovers

Homemade Graham Crackers

Chocolate Almond Granola

Fruit Cobbler Crisp

Beef Empanadas with Wonton Wrappers

For more chametzfest ideas check out:

9 Recipes To Use Up Your Chametz




Week {19} Recipes


March 8th 2015

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Purim is over :( but that means its now time to start our Passover planning, this week has some recipes to help use up your chametz.

Broccoli and Walnut Pasta

Avocado Cream Pasta

Baked Oatmeal To Go

Carmelized Onion and Asparagus Pizza

Spinach Strata with Gruyère Cheese (feel free to use swiss or other cheese and let us know in comments)

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Pudding…

Ribolita – Tuscan Bread Soup


RSVP for #ShareSabra Passover Twitter Party


March 8th 2015

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You’re invited to join our #ShareSabra Passover Twitter chat!

Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by @Sabra.

With Passover only a few weeks away (but whose counting, right?),  it’s time to meet up for a Sabra Twitter party. Last year’s party was amazing and  we are back with #ShareSabra to help you with your Passover planning. Sabra has come out with lots of kosher for Passover salads that you can use for any meal and we would love to hear how you use your Sabra products. We will also be sharing our favorite Passover memories and of course answering any of those burning Passover questions that have been on your mind!

Make sure to RSVP in the comments section below with you twitter handle because we will be giving away 4 $50 Amazon Gift Cards and 1 $100 Amazon card!


Monday March 16th at 8:30pm EST


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Moderator @MommyBlogExpert

How to participate
Use hashtag #WinnDixieKosher
Use Tweetchat for easy chatting.

Anyone can participate, but you must be following @JoyofKosher and @Sabra and RSVP here below to win prizes!


Let us know you are coming to the party in the comments below to be entered to win 1 of 4 $50 Amazon Gift Cards and 1 $100 Amazon card. Make sure to include your twitter handle.



/RECIPE/ Chocolate Mint Hamantashen


March 6th 2015

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This recipe was the base for one of the ideas that I shared on the Hamantaschen video I made. I was more than excited to have an excuse to make yet again! YUM!!!!!

Personally I’m a lover of the chocolate and mint combo. I feel that it’s one of the worlds most delish combos really, BUT…..not everyone in my family agrees, or should I say mint does not agree with everyone in my family. So, I came up with a second idea for a filling, which I also shared in my video – Milk Duds. WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A chewy, creamy, chocolaty filling. Yes, I also love a good chocolate and caramel combo.

This is a great Hamantashen recipe, the chocolate dough gives a nice change to the sugar cookie flavor of most. I also added some chocolate drizzle to make it a triple choco cookie. Even better!!!! Have fun with your Hamantashen and enjoy them! Be creative and make things work for your taste and family!!!

All the best!


Try Sangria For the 4 Cups


March 6th 2015

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When I was growing up we spent every Pesach with my paternal grandparents. What my grandmother may have lacked in “haute cuisine” was more than made up by the love that went into every dish that came out of her tiny kitchen. Whether we were just one table of immediate family, or two banquet-size tables full of extended relations (and the occasional stranger who had no place else to be), there was always plenty of everything to go around. No matter how much work went into Pesach prep, when it was time for the Seder, there was nothing but smiles and hugs and wine all around.

As a kid, there was much I didn’t know about Pesach. I didn’t know about the amount of work that went into all the cooking my grandmother did. I didn’t know about all the shlepping my poor grandfather had to do, running up and down from their single storage locker to change over the kitchen for the holiday. And I surely didn’t know that there were legitimate choices other than sweet, Concord grape wine for the 4 cups.

Alas, I have come to know the realities of what it takes to prepare a home and kitchen for Passover. But I have also learned that there are wonderful kosher for Passover wine options for both the Seder meal and for the rest of the holiday.

Whether you choose to sip from 4 cups of dry wine, 4 cups of sweet wine, or 4 cups of grape juice at your Seder table, this basic sangria recipe will give you the chance to mix up something fruity and wonderful “on all other nights.”

Basic Sangria

Basic Sangria

Wishing everyone a happy and kosher Passover!


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