Apr 11 2014
Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover was the one my mother really owned. It gave her the perfect excuse to commit entirely to two of her most beloved occupations: cooking elaborate dishes and listening to Beethoven, preferably simultaneously and definitely the violin concerto. In my memory she cooked for two weeks in advance of the seders, for over 20 guests on each of the two nights.
While my grandmother set me and my sisters to work polishing the silver and the cleaning lady labored mightily, heaving the vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs, my mother reigned in the kitchen. She made everything from scratch–richly concentrated chicken broth that she simmered and skimmed until there wasn’t a speck of fat, fluffy kneidlach, gefilte fish from three types of white fish purchased at the most expensive fish shop in town and then ground by hand at home, roasted chickens, tzimmes, three different green vegetable dishes (including steamed asparagus with lemon sauce), brisket cooked in a mustard-garlic paste, individual meringues that she served with sweetened fruit for dessert, and sponge cakes. And I am pretty sure I missed a few things. Read the rest of this entry →
Apr 8 2014
In many ways, I’m the last person who should be writing an article about cooking for Passover. My family went on a Passover cruise the year I turned 12, and after experiencing what it was like to opt out of cleaning and cooking, my parents never looked back. So I’ve never really cooked for Passover. Don’t hate me for that, though, because I cook Passover food every day.
My husband and I adhere to a Paleo diet, which means that we don’t eat any grains, legumes, soy, dairy or refined sugar. We aren’t doing it to be trendy, or even to lose weight (though it’s a welcome side effect). Eating this way reduces inflammation in the body and is a very effective way to fight off chronic illness. The secret to sticking with it lies in the kitchen. Paleo recipes are so delicious; I never miss the things I used to love.
By default, any Paleo recipe that doesn’t include seeds (if you avoid kitniyot), pork or shellfish is Kosher for Passover. Accordingly, Paleo opens up a whole new universe of Passover recipes. Let me get you started with five of my favorite Paleo recipe blogs. Read the rest of this entry →
Apr 7 2014
This Passover, I’m in charge of the brisket.
In our family, briskets are served steaming with a large measure of pride and a pinch of vanity.
In my house growing up, holidays meant eating in the dining room on the large chairs with rose velvet cushions, and using our fancy china with tiny pink flowers. And despite the fact that my father always bought my mother a gigantic bouquet of flowers on the eve of a holiday, the brisket was the real centerpiece of our dining room table. Read the rest of this entry →
Mar 10 2014
We know, we know–just bringing up the word Passover can send shivers down your spine. There’s so much to do, especially if you’re hosting your own seder. Between trying to perfect your matzah ball soup to figuring out how you’ll get a toddler to sit through an especially long meal, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
But wait–we can help. DipTwice, an amazing resource where you can create your own personalized family Haggadah, is offering a free Passover Prep Kit to all interested Kveller readers. The kit includes recipes, a detailed holiday checklist, and tips to personalize your seder. It may not cook your soup for you, but it can definitely help ease some of the Passover planning stress.
Want your own Passover prep kit? All you have to do is sign up here. And if you want to learn more about creating your own Haggadah from DipTwice, check out their website for more details.
Happy stress-free Passover, all!
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Mar 21 2013
We asked for your favorite Passover desserts, and you delivered. After much deliberation and mouth watering, we were able to choose a winning recipe that can actually be used all year (i.e. it doesn’t require any matzah flour or other special Passover ingredients). Plus, it’s super easy, and with so many other things going on during Passover, we thought our readers might appreciate that.
So, without further ado, here’s the winning recipe from Caroline Berkowitz for her Chocolate Covered Strawberries (dairy): Read the rest of this entry →