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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.


 

Passover Menu How To

 

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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.


 

5 Flavored Matzo Ball Recipes for Passover

 

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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.


 

Getting Children Involved in Passover Prep

 

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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.


 

‘Ma Nishtana Halayla Haze?’

 

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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.


 

Zucchini Noodles Alfredo Recipe Video *Giveaway*

 

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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.


 

Kosher Pastured Duck Confit *Giveaway*

 

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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.


 

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

 

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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.


 

Try Sangria For the 4 Cups

 

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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.


 

Vegan Mains Perfect For Passover

 

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Every year I get a few comments on my article, A Very Vegetarian Passover, which is a guide for vegetarians and vegans and those that host them.  The recipes are great, but tend to be a bit on the side dish variety.  Most vegans are used to sticking with the sides and most hosts don’t have time to bother to make more, but in response to a few requests for more main dish type vegan Passover recipes, I have developed a few.


 

15 Matzo-Free Lunch or Dinner Passover Recipes

 

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It’s not even Purim yet (ok, fine tonight!) and today is a fast day, but I’m sure we’re all starting to think about Pesach (Passover).  Enjoy the baking of hamantashen and the carelessness with which you let the flour crumbs fall, because the cleaning season (or at least the “Oh, yes, definitely starting to clean for Pesach today season) is about to begin.  Many people clean early and don’t eat matzo from Purim until Passover, so to help you plan your next three weeks here are 15 matzo-free meals that work for both lunch and dinner to get you in the mindset for pesach.

 


 

Free Passover Seder Recipe Ebook

 

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Cookbook Spotlight: The New Passover Menu ...

 

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The New Passover Menu is the newest cookbook written by Paula Shoyer. In this innovative new cookbook, Paula does an excellent, and I must say delicious,  job of  creating new recipes that work in the confines of the Passover dietary rules. Paula has found a way to include recipes for every type of cook. She combines the nostalgic Passover favorites with new inventive creations, such as Banana Charoset, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde, Moroccan Spiced Short Ribs, and Sweet Potato Tzimmis.  Paula also includes many dessert recipe, which are her specialty, including several that are gluten-free. To help with your planning, she includes eight seder menus as well as suggestions for other meals. The menus are great to use as is or you can be creative and mix and match.

Here are three sneak-peak recipes that can be found in cookbook:


 

Watch Parsley Crusted Salmon Over Spanish Eggplant

 

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My cousin’s wedding in Tel Aviv featured the BEST simcha food I have ever enjoyed. It was simple, no fuss, pure deliciousness. The main course featured a choice between 1) melt-in-your-mouth short ribs, over pillowy sweet potato mash, topped with a caramelized onion quarter 2) pargiot stuffed with cinnamon infused ground beef, over a bed of dried fruit and pine nut couscous, finished with tahini and cilantro oil and 3) parsley crusted salmon filets, with tomato chickpea sauce. Most everyone sampled all three options. The evening was a display of simple ingredients cooked simply to perfection. I have since come home and recreated 2 of the 3 dishes the first of which I am sharing with you here today.