Passover

 

Old World Charosis Gets a Hip Makeover

 

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I used to think holiday meals were sacrosanct. My grandma’s Passover turkey dinner became my mother’s Passover turkey dinner, then mine. There was something thrilling about the continuity, even for a person like me, who likes to invent and re-invent recipes. But after we discovered my daughter Gillian’s life-threatening allergies to fish and walnuts, our menu went through a complete overhaul (except for the turkey!).

Improvising suits me well, and fortunately my family liked the new foods, especially Stuffed Artichokes instead of Gefilte Fish and Honey-Soaked Chremslich made with Raisins and Pignoli Nuts, which everyone but my brother Jeff agrees is an improvement over my grandma’s version with walnuts.


 

Easy to Make Parve Passover Desserts

 

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Parve desserts are a must on Passover since so many meals are meat heavy.

If you are like me, dessert is the most important meal of the day. Passover desserts don’t have to be store-bought or difficult to make in order to be fabulous. Here are 7 non-dairy desserts that are sure to please.


 

Quin-what? – Cooking with Quinoa

 

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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is no longer considered the superfood of the future, it is the superfood of today, especially during Passover!  Quinoa, which is grown high in the Andes Mountains in South America, looks and acts just like a grain. However, it is more closely related to beets and spinach, than to wheat, rice or barley.  Quinoa was first introduced to the US in the 1980′s, but it was only deemed kosher for Passover in 1999, when Rabbi Shmuel Heineman (Star-K) discovered that it is neither chametz nor kitniyot. Star-K tested it to see if it would rise and found that it decayed instead. It also does not grow in the vicinity of chametz and its growth does not resemble kitniyot.

Concerns have been raised about whether quinoa may come into contact with kitniyot or chametz during the packaging process. However, whole grain quinoa sold under the Ancient Harvest and Trader Joe brand names, bearing the Star-K kosher certification, are produced in plants which do not package chametz grains, and are considered suitable for Pesach use (this does not apply to the quinoa flour or flakes). However, please consult your Rabbi before using quinoa on Passover.

Quinoa is extremely nutritious.  It is one of the few non-meat foods that is a complete protein, providing your body with all of the essential amino acids – fulfilling an important nutritional need for vegetarians.   Quinoa is also low in sugar and high in fiber.


 

Matzo Pizzaz: Eight Days of Matzo Pizza in Eight...

 

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Want the deep dish on how to turn your Kosher for Passover kitchen into a trattoria? Use whole wheat matzo or shmurah matzo for a perfect pizza crust. Matzo pizza is a kid-friendly, quick, dairy meal during Pesach that is always a favorite in our house. This year, skip past the plain sauce and mozzarella and spice things up with some gourmet toppings that will give your pizza some pizzaz!

Let us know what you think of our eight recipes below and share your favorite matzo pizza ideas with us!


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #24: Looks Like We Made...

 

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Setting the table is all that’s left. Passover is ready to start and you’re calm, cool and collected.

Can you believe it? We are down to the very last tip in our four-week festival of Passover preparation hosted by yours truly and Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin. The final changeovers are done and, since we’re all basically ready (hurray!), the last tip is a simple one that can be taken care of on Sunday or Monday morning, if needed.


 

Countdown to Passover #23: Final Changeovers

 

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Passover’s almost here and it is time to put the last minute touches on your prep.

If you’ve been following along with our 4 weeks of tips on preparing for Passover by Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin, you’re probably all set. But just in case there is something left to do, here’s Rivka’s tip:


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #22: Pre-Passover...

 

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Make this coming Shabbat Passover-only.

Alright, we’re a little more than a weekend away from  the start of Passover. If you’ve joined us on our spiritual quest to prepare our homes in time for pesach, you’re probably ready for the holiday to arrive. Sure, sure, there are some minor things to do on Saturday night after shabbat and on Sunday, but using Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin’s tips, there shouldn’t be any hair-tearing moments of panic coming your way.  Yesterday, Rivka suggested preparing seder plate items in advance so Monday morning before the first seder is less stressful. Today, Rivka has some thoughts about handling the sabbath right before Passover (personally, my family and I will be having our challah on the deck) …


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #21: Sprint to the...

 

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Preparing seder plate items in advance will make the day of the first seder less stressful.

We’re already cooking perishables so Pesach must be right around the corner. With the first seder happening in less than a week (evening of Monday March 29, 2010), time for Passover prep is getting tight. Of course, if you’ve been following our tips from Professional Organizer and Passover prep expert, Rivka Slatkin, you’re way ahead of the game. So here is Rivka’s pre-seder tip for today:


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #20: Cooking Ahead

 

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There are a lot of meals on Passover. It is time to get cooking.

Yesterday our vacuums were running non-stop. Though I suspect that the vacuum cleaner will continue to run for the rest of the week, today we’re back in the kitchen with the latest tip from Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin.


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #19: Get Your Vacuums...

 

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It’s now or never! This is the week when all your Passover prep comes together.

We’ve entered the last week before Passover and we have our last tips from Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin to get us over the chores and down to enjoying the holiday. If you missed them, you should check back for all our Pesach prep tips or recipes. This week we start back with cleaning. Here’s Rivka’s tip:


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #18: Ready, Set, Cook!

 

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Your kitchen is ready for Passover; now is the time to cook ahead for the holiday.

Wow, we’re already at tip #18 (l’chaim!). This countdown is going a little too fast, if you ask me. And, if you are like me, you’re still facing A LOT of Passover preparations. Thank goodness we have Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin‘s great advice to get us through. Yesterday, Rivka suggested that the time had come to make our kitchen’s kosher for Passover. Now, we get the fun of cooking up a storm!


 

Passover Fish Recipes Your Family Will Love

 

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Cod In A Light Cream Sauce

Fish is perfect for Passover and year round.


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #17: Make Your Kitchen a...

 

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The time has come to make your kitchen kosher for Passover.

Yesterday’s tip from Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin was about cleaning our kitchens for Passover. That’s a tough job, let me tell you. Today, we go the next step and turn our kitchens into Passover-only zones. So, without further ado, here is Rivka’s tip …


 

Passover Soups, Salads and Side Dishes Your Family...

 

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Make Passover menu planning easy! Here are 18 recipes to brighten up all your holiday meals.

Passover meals don’t have to be boring and menu planning doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 18 mix and match recipes you can use to make each Passover meal an event to remember.


 

Countdown to Passover Tip #16: The Big Clean

 

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Your fridge is clean; now it is time to clean the rest of your kitchen for Passover.

We are back with our next tip from Professional Organizer Rivka Slatkin on how to prepare for Passover. This one’s a big job, I’m afraid …