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Cookbook Spotlight: Helen’s delicious Pesach

 

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Helen Goldrein, author of the blog Family Friends Food, has recently published a cookbook, Helen’s delicious Pesach, which I believe will revolutionize your Pesach cooking! Helen’s new cookbook features 8-days-worth of breakfasts, meat-free main dishes, side dishes and salads, potato dishes, and cakes & desserts, that are all naturally gluten-free, and are also free from kitniot and gebrokhts. Helen has been cooking, and experimenting with food, for as long as she can remember, but when her daughter was born, she officially became a Jewish Mother, and she has been taking her responsibilities to feed, feed, feed very seriously ever since! Helen explains that being a mum has also refocused her attention on ensuring that the food she makes is as healthy as possible, as well as being delicious and that is exactly what you will find in Helen’s delicious Pesach cookbook.

Here are three recipes from Helen’s delicious Pesach:


 

Urchatz – DIY cleaning Products

 

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While preparing for passover one of the first things that I do is buy cleaning products. I guess in my mind the more cleaning products I have the more prepared I am for the passover cleaning frenzy.

Since I made Aliyah five years ago I discovered something that has changed my outlook on cleaning products forever. The water consistency in Israel is different then the US and tends to stain glass showers. No matter what I did or used I wasn’t able to clean my shower doors properly. Then one day my landlord came over and suggested I use apple cider vinegar to remove the stains. The stains came off immediately and I decided to stop buying overpriced cleaning products and learn more about homemade cleaning products that would save both time and money. Did I forget to mention the added benefit of using chemical free products in your home?


 

My Passover Faves *Giveaway*

 

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Every year at this time I usually put together a list of my favorite Passover recipes for you.  You can find some of my favorite collections from previous years here and here.  This time around I thought to feature some of my favorite recipes from some of my favorite foodie friends – so you can be inspired by the food and folks that inspire me.


 

Kadesh – 10 Kosher Wines for Passover

 

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Passover begins this year in the evening of Friday, April 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 11 2015.  As usual, there is an abundance of wonderful kosher wines for Passover for every budget.

With our overview of 10 kosher wines for Passover, we wanted to share a selection of recent favorites from a few new and emerging wine producers and highlight several reliable standbys that seem to always have a spot at our dinner table and would be a welcome addition to yours.


 

Matzo Farfel with Feta and Basil

 

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Matzo Farfel with Feta and Basil Posted 03/18/2015 by Jamie Geller
“Chiffonade” is a French term which means “rags.” To make a chiffonade of basil: Stack the leaves and roll them into a tight cigar shape. Slice crosswise into thin strips. Fluff the strips to separate them.

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12 Passover Seder Mains

 

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It feels like Passover is just around the corner!  Conversations always seem to lead to discussions of pesach (Passover) preparations, whether it’s cleaning, menu planning, or figuring out how to configure the house for all of the guests.  While I am not one to give cleaning tips, I would like to offer up the plethora of Pesach recipes here at Joy of Kosher.  If you’re looking for articles with a mix of recipes, check out some of mine from last year (I can’t believe how the time has flown!) including A Trio of Passover Picnic Menus15 Salad Recipes for Passover; 15 Healthy Passover Chicken Recipes; 25 Passover Dessert Recipes; and 101 Passover Recipes.  There are plenty of recipes for many of your menu planning needs, and to add to that below are 12 ideas for main dishes to serve after the seder including meat and vegetarian recipes.

 


 

Cooking With Wine

 

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Let’s start with a confession: I can’t drink. Not much, at least. Anything more than half a cup of wine makes me extremely tipsy. For this reason, even if I do like the taste, I’ve always had to stop at the first glass, and never had the chance to fine-tune my sensory abilities and learn to appreciate the more complex bouquets.

My lack of tolerance for alcohol has often made me feel not only deprived, but also a bit insecure. After all, since we share with France the title of largest producer in the world, wine in Italy is a big deal.


 

Passover Comfort Foods

 

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With all the stress that passover tends to bring it is essential that we have some great comfort food recipes in our back pocket!


 

Passover Make Ahead Breakfasts

 

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Effortless entertaining while often seemingly elusive can actually, easily be achieved with make-ahead meals.


 

Eggplant Roll Ups Recipe Video

 

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Yes, the rumor is true. I did eat 6 of these all by my lonesome when testing the recipe. Now in the interest of full disclosure I ate 3 for breakfast (was a late breakfast, more like brunch) and 3 for lunch (was a late lunch, more like linner). And yes you may have heard that I also fried up some extra eggplant to snack on in between. And while some people may be embarrassed to admit this I think it just proves how much of a winner this recipe really is. So hang on to your hats folks and watch me fry and roll and bake your new favorite Passover and year-round brunch, lunch, linner or dinner dish.


 

Secret Substitutes to Enhance Passover Meals

 

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Passover is a great holiday, it’s fun, family oriented but most of all it can be a lot of work. With all of the eating restrictions sometimes it is hard to find something to eat or serve that everyone will like. I found that there are three secret substitutes that will help you make it through the holiday without missing your favorite non kosher for passover foods.

The first is Cauliflower. It is so versatile and can be used in so many different dishes! Try some of these cauliflower recipes :


 

Passover Refrigerator Stocking Tips

 

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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.


 

What Are Kitniyot and Gebrokts?

 

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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.


 

Top 10 Passover Approved Snacks

 

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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.


 

18 Wheat Free Passover Recipes

 

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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.