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Tzafun – A Prize For The Afikoman

 

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Finding the Afikomen is always an exciting event in my house. The young ones take it seriously, but sometimes the adults take it even more seriously. When all the kids were young, my Dad hid it in the same spot for several years; it was always under his chair! Once we realized his trick, and he had to change up the hiding spot, searching for the Afikoman became serious business. My family has never been big on expensive prizes, more fun free prizes, like not having to take out the garbage, or the good old fashioned option of a few dollar bills after the holiday ends. Here are a few ideas for prizes, most of which don’t cost too much, for children (and adults) of all ages.

Tzafun - Toys


 

Shulchan Orech – Setting A Beautiful...

 

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Tablescaping isn’t everybody’s forte. Making a beautiful table for Passover is important, but it’s sometimes the last thing on your mind when you are in the midst of cleaning and cooking. I believe that when your guests arrive and see a table set in a special way that they feel special and the food might taste even that much better because of how the table is set. Because tablescaping is definitely not my best skill, here are a few tips that I will use myself this Passover.

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What To Feed The Kids Before The Seder

 

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The only thing more daunting than what to feed the kids before Shabbos is what to feed the kids before the Seder.  You need them to be satisfied enough so that they can hold out for the meal (which will inevitably be served later than you anticipate) yet at the same time there are varying customs and traditions with regard to the consumption of matzo in advance of the Passover holiday.


 

Korech – Top Ten Matzo Recipes

 

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Not everyone likes Passover matzo. There are some that say eating it can feel like you are eating dry wall paper paste (my Mom for example). I believe that matzo just has to be prepared the right way. During the Seder we take part in the step of Korech, where we eat a sandwich of matzo, maror and charoset, but for the rest of the holiday don’t hesitate to dig in to a sandwich of cream cheese and jam, my favorite! If you don’t keep Gebrokts (where you don’t allow the matzo to come in contact with any liquid) you have many choices as to what to do with your matzo. I have compiled a list of 10 matzo recipes that you should definitely try!!


 

3 Perfect Passover Cookies

 

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Throughout Passover cookies are a staple dessert. It is always good to have a few around just in case you get a sweet tooth craving, because, if you’re anything like me, you are always craving sweets during Passover. Make sure to pair it with some tasty fruit as well! Here are three delicious cookie recipes that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Maror – Bitter Herb Recipes

 

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Maror is a bitter herb eaten during the Passover Seder. From family to family the bitter herb eaten always varies. Some eat horseradish, others eat romaine lettuce or endives. Here are some delicious ways to get horseradish into every meal.


 

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Parfait

 

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Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Parfait Posted 03/26/2015 by Jamie Geller
This beautiful, easy, icy cool take on a deconstructed red velvet cupcake can completely assembled in advance and frozen. Allow to sit at room temperature just a few minutes before serving.

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Motzi Matza – Nut Free Passover Recipes

 

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With Passover almost underway it’s time to start thinking up recipes that will suit all of your guests. Allergies and food sensitivities are very prevalent these day, especially nut allergies which affect over 3 million Americans. Picking Passover recipes, especially dessert recipes, can be difficult because nuts are often used as a substitute during Passover for things like flour. That is why we have made a list of 5  nut free recipes, including 3 delicious desserts!

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20 Passover Desserts

 

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Passover is really almost here!  After weeks of whistle blowing and whispering to friends about their pesach plans, it is officially the time when I am ready to stop talking about planning and actually start planning.  Passover is one holiday that is definitely not know for dessert, at least not in a positive way.  Usually when a recipe calls for both potato starch and chocolate, some might be a bit wary.  There are actually many options for kosher for Passover desserts, both gebrokts and not.  Below are 20 Passover dessert recipes to satisfy that sweet tooth throughout the whole holiday.


 

Rachtza – Prep Your Greens

 

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Rachtza, Washing and Prepping Your Greens for the Seder

Getting ready for Passover is hectic and overwhelming which is why it is so important to prepare ahead of time as much as possible! One thing that I always like to do before the Passover Seder is wash and store my greens so they are ready for serving. Something I know many people struggle with is storing greens after they have been washed without letting them wilt. It is so frustrating going back into the fridge only to find that the fresh herbs that you bought have gone bad.


 

5 Passover Dairy Desserts

 

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In my house, we eat 80% vegetarian. I serve lots of vegetables, beans and lentils and of course, plenty of cheese. On Passover, our two seder meals tend to be very meat heavy, and of course, you have to finish the leftovers!  By the time Chol Hamoed comes around, I am more than ready to go back to fish and vegetable dishes and start enjoying some fabulous dairy desserts!


 

Magid – Passover Sweets

 

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Whether you prefer savory or sweet snacks, we all have that sweet tooth craving from time to time. Therefore it is crucial that we have a few delicious sweet recipes on hand to quench that passover sweet craving.

Try some of these recipes over the holiday.


 

Chocolate Orange Coeur a la Crème Cheesecake...

 

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Chocolate Coeur a la Crème is one of those simple and delectable recipes I saw Emeril make on his show way back when, and it just stuck with me. That often happens to me (with food). You know, I see it once (I don’t even have to taste it) and I can’t get it out of my mind until I make it mine. Finally the day has come and I am thrilled to share this delicious, perfectly balanced, light, yet indulgent dessert in all its glory with you!


 

Orange Ginger Charoset

 

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Orange Ginger Charoset Posted 03/23/2015 by Aviva Kanoff
Charoset is one of more popular and tasty symbolic foods on the Passover Seder Plate. It is a sweet, dark-colored paste made of fruits and nuts meant to mask some of the bitterness of the horseradish. The word "charoset" comes from the Hebrew word cheres, meaning clay. It’s color and texture are meant to recall mortar which the Israelites used when they were enslaved in Egypt. Like pretty much everything in Judaism, there are lots of different traditions depending on what part of the world one is from. Traditionally, the recipe calls for apples, nuts and wine. I personally like to stay true to traditions while simultaneously playing with new ingredients to keep things fresh and fun. The following recipe for charoset does just that! The recipe calls for apples, nuts and wine, keeping with tradition, but also incorporates, orange, ginger and mint to keep things new and exciting! Have fun and experiment this year! Wishing you all a Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

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Yachatz- Keeping Your House Crumb Free

 

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So with Passover coming in 11 Short days it’s time to start keeping your house crumb free while using up all the chametz you have left in your kitchen. Try some of these recipes that will help you eat well, finish your chametz and keep your house free of crumbs!