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Keeping It Simple On Passover

 

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Sometimes when I think about Pesach I get overwhelmed. It doesn’t help that the local food store has already set up their Pesach aisles before it was even Purim. Nor does it help to hear about my super efficient friends and their cleaning schedules, and, most of all, it is nearly paralyzing to see all the posts for Pesach recipes on Facebook, when I’m still deciding what to give for Shaloch Manot!

When I was younger, my whole family would turn over the kitchen the night before Pesach. We would have to take a little break to do bedekat chametz and then continue on our Pesach mission. My brothers were in charge of bringing up the Pesach boxes from the basement and my sister and I were in charge of covering the counters and tables with some sort of plastic tablecloth-that always had the smell of Pesach. I have two distinct smells from my childhood; one as I mentioned in the past– fresh brewing coffee, and the other– the smell of the plastic as we got ready for Pesach.


 

Spotlight: A Passover Seder Activity Book

 

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There are so many fantastic hagadot available for people of all ages and all backgrounds.  The new Passover activity book by Ann Kofsky is a companion book that goes along with any hagadah to keep your kids engaged throughout the Seder.  Ann has illustrated and authored over 30 books for children. She is an elementary school art teacher, a public speaker, and a teacher of drawing and illustration at her alma mater, Yeshiva University. She blogs and shares artwork at www.annkoffsky.com.


 

Reclining At The Seder In Style

 

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Put Some “Seder” to your Seder!

It is a Mitzvah to lean by the Seder as stated in the words of the ” Mah Nishtana. This is part of the general theme of “Cheirut” – Freedom as we celebrate our freedom from the Egyptians and act by the Seder in a most royal and regal manner.  And for the most part, we play our roles beautifully. The Seder Table is adorned with a pristine white table cloth, the freshly polished silver glistens, everyone stands around in their new Yom Tov finery – and then there are the pillow cases! From the boys room the brown and blue Scooby Doo, from the girls room the pink floral, from the guestroom the old camp line; you get the idea!


 

Cooking A Whole Brisket Overnight Is Perfection

 

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It took me a long time to love brisket. It’s the kind of meat that can be dry, stringy and hard-to-chew if you don’t cook it right.

My mother-in-law changed my mind. Unlike my mom, who insisted on using the first-cut portion, my mother-in-law clued me in to the second cut, which is more flavorful. Yes, it has a lot of fat but most of it melts away during cooking. Besides, it’s the fat that softens and enriches the meat as it cooks.


 

A Spanish Seder Menu

 

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I love ethnic food. Well, okay, I love all food, but I have a special place in my heart for creating menu based on a specific international cuisine. So a few years ago when I found kosher for Passover soy sauce I created a Chinese Seder. It got rave reviews and has become a new family tradition. Last year, I had to host two Seders, so I was looking for something new and decided to try Spanish food and it worked beautifully!

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Saffron Matzo Ball Soup With Sofrito


 

15 Healthy Passover Chicken Recipes

 

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Passover would probably be at the top of the list of healthiest Jewish holidays.  Sometimes, though, because of the many restricted ingredients, we may find ourselves adding a little extra oil and salt than is necessary.  These 15 kosher for Passover chicken recipes are easy, healthy, and full flavor.

 


 

Shortcut Matbucha Shakshuka Video *Giveaway*

 

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I’m kind of a connoisseur when it comes to Shakshuka.  The fact that I have ordered it in most every restaurant that serves it should certainly qualify me as an expert of some sort, dontchya think?

I have had Spinach and Cream Shakshuka at Café Rimon in Mamilla, an open air mall outside the Old City of Jerusalem.  I have had Leek and Eggplant Shakshuka at Gavna an outdoor cafe overlooking the Judean Hills in the Gush and I have had the traditional tomato and pepper Shakshuka at café chains across the country and at Ikea’s kosher cafeteria in Rishon L’Ziyon.  I have eaten Shakshuka both with and without both  Feta and Bulgarian cheeses, both with runny and firm yolks and both spicy hot and not spicy enough.  I love it.  In truth, I just adore it still, this after 18 months of making it my mission to try every Shakshuka in Israel.


 

A Passover Tablescape

 

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Before I can sit down to plan my seder night menu (or maybe we should leave that one to Jamie), I like to design my tablesetting for the evening well in advance of Pesach, as let’s face it, who has time later. Make it fun and easy so the entire family will enjoy. All you need is some cardstock, scissors, corks for the placecards, a good craft store and dollar store (shekel shop for those of us living in Israel), a computer and a little imagination.


 

Fresh, Fast and Fancy Passover Sides

 

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I had a blast tasting and testing these 7 sweet and savory Seder sides for Passover. All ingredients are easily accessible in both the U.S. and Israel, and all recipes are non-gebrochts. Watch these simple Seder side dishes become staples at your table year-round!

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Spring Salad with Pastrami Croutons and Balsamic Reduction


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Let My Children Cook! ...

 

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Tamar Ansh, otherwise known as the challah queen (at least that is how I know her cause of her book, Taste of Challah), just came out with the perfect Passover coobook for you and your kids.  Let My Children Cook!, would be a fun book for anyone and can really help get your kids get involved in the kitchen his year.  She covers all the basics, like matzah balls and charoset as well as lots of new serving ideas and recipes for the whole family to enjoy.  She even throws in a few clever crafts.  I spoke with Tamar and learned a bit more about her.

1. What inspired you to write this cookbook for kids?


 

Passover Placemats Craft

 

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Supplies:

  • One sturdy, brightly colored piece of thicker construction paper, size
  • 8 X 11 (A4), per kid
  • One good photo of each kid who is making a placemat
  • Stickers for decorating the edges
  • Magic markers in various colors
  • Stencil for writing the letters of the name, optional

Instructions


 

Shabbat Menu – A Clean New Year

 

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This week in parsha Tazria we continue reading about the laws purity, but it also happens to be Shabbat Hachodesh.  The Shabbat before the first of Nissan, which is considered the first month of the Jewish calendar.  At the same time Spring is in the air and we are cleaning our homes and preparing for the holiday of Passover.  Let’s start the new year off with clean and homes and clean bodies.  This week’s menu features clean healthy foods that have no processed ingredients.

Indian Inspired Salmon Cakes


 

15 Salad Recipes for Passover

 

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This is how it works isn’t it: as soon as Purim is over we all start planning (stressing over) our menus for Passover.  After indulging in hamantashen and other treats during Purim the last thing I want to do is think about food.  I can make an exception for salads because they are my go-to for passover and are currently a main feature of my post-purim cleanse!

Pesach (Passover) is probably my favorite holiday to cook for; despite all of the restrictions it a great learning experience because it forces you to transform basic ingredients into meals worthy of the holiday.  These 15 salads are kosher for pesach and are a nice way to balance some of the heavier seder meals, or to serve at lunch with leftover fish or meat from the night before.


 

Healthy Recipe Ideas You Will Love –...

 

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It’s become a healthy habit I can’t break — starting a meal with lots of Mediterranean spreads. With a crowd of hungry guests, a table set with an assortment of appetizing spreads and salads, along with the requisite items for dipping keeps the hungry wolves at bay while I’m busy in the kitchen finalizing the rest of the meal.

During Passover, when every meal starts with matzo, you really need something extra to make it special. Cream cheese and butter are nice, but they are dairy, lack nutrients and add extra fat and calories that we definitely don’t need on the holidays. That’s why the Mediterranean diet is so popular with nutritionists and dietitians everywhere. Eggplants, peppers and tomatoes are in abundance and the spreads are tasty, low-fat and healthy.


 

Baked Horseradish Gefilte Fish

 

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This month we are highlighting horseradish for our Kosher Connection Link Up to get us all in the mood to start preparing for Passover. I’ve made many recipes with horseradish over the last year so be sure to read my article about the healthy horseradish.  I became a huge fan of how horseradish adds a nice kick to so many dishes and the health benefits is a bonus.

When I think about horseradish for Passover I immediately thought about gefilte fish. To be honest, I don’t even usually put horseradish on top my gefilte fish, but the idea of putting it inside seemed too good to not try.