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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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Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup with Za’atar GF...

 

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Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup with Za’atar GF Crackers Posted 03/03/2015 by Jamie Geller
This soup will cook much faster if you cut your vegetables small, but if you have the time feel free to leave them large as you will be pureeing it anyway.

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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.


 

Ground Beef Purim Puffs

 

 

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Ground Beef Purim Puffs Posted 03/02/2015 by The Kosher Butcher's Wife

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Kosher Pasture Raised Slow Cooked Chicken ...

 

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Have you ever tried cooking your chicken low and slow? It is a common method of cooking the best brisket, but not as well known for chicken.  There are a few ways to do this, our recipe takes advantage of garlic and lemon and some chicken broth to really bring out all the flavor.  Our chicken cooked for a few minutes at 400 degrees, but then the oven temp is reduced to 250 and the chicken cooks for another 1 hour and 45 minutes until it reaches the perfect golden color you see in the picture.   The meat is moist and delicious and the skin comes out perfectly crispy.


 

Cocktail Inspired Mishloach Manot

 

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Sending Mishloach Manot to friends and family is an obligation on Purim, but coming up with new ideas for your Mishloach Manot each year can be difficult. We all want to be creative and ‘wow’ our friends and family, but there are so many great ideas out there and narrowing it down to just one can be hard.  On Purim, there is an obligation to drink alcohol and cocktail inspired Mishloach Manot is a creative way to connect the obligation of drinking alcohol with Mishloach Manot. These three Purim inspired cocktails can easily be turned into Mishloach Manot using the packing instructions below and adding the cocktail ingredients.

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RSVP #WinnDixieKosher Passover Twitter Party

 

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You’re invited to join our #WinnDixieKosher Twitter chat!

Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by @WinnDixie.


 

The Secret Pantry Ingredient That Makes Every...

 

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There are quite a few secret pantry ingredients we all like to keep around, one all time favorite is Gold’s Duck Sauce.  It comes in a few flavors including hot and spicy and sweet and sour so you can tweak each recipe as desired.  The duck sauce provides a flavorful coating for any protein source, meat, chicken, fish and even hot dogs.  The texture of the sauce helps keep the food moist and tender and every recipe is quick and easy and absolutely delicious.


 

Kosher Wine For Purim

 

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The Jewish holiday of Purim begins this year on Wednesday evening at sundown on March 4, 2015, and continues through Thursday night, March 5th.  The customs of Purim include “feasting and merrymaking,” in addition to “sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor”.  At Joy of Kosher the weeks leading up to Purim and through Passover include a lot of wine tasting.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!


 

Celebrate Purim With A Vegetarian Seudah

 

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When you’re away from home, eating kosher can be difficult. You might be able to find a suitable restaurant nearby, but maybe not. For many of the people I know, it’s easier to eat vegetarian meals in those circumstances, so there’s never an issue about kosher meat or mixing meat and dairy.

That’s precisely what Queen Esther chose to do when she lived at King Ahasuerus’s palace — at least according to most historians. And so it has become tradition to celebrate Purim with a vegetarian seudah.


 

A Unique Israeli Menu For Purim

 

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These recipes let you imagine you are walking in the streets of Israel, tasting the flavors, smelling the aromas and enjoying the colors of one of the most interesting and provocative places on earth — Israel.

The dishes resemble the character of the country and the people with sweet and spicy flavors.