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Passover Planning

Passover begins the evening Monday, April 14th 2014, and ends on Tuesday night, April 22nd. Whether you're preparing the Seder or just looking for a few new recipes, you'll find lots of tips, ideas, and recipes here!

Kosher Food Spotlight10

Passover Pancakes -- or Crepes!

Thursday April 17, 2014

passover pancakesI was halfway through making Passover Pancakes for breakfast this morning when I realized I didn't buy baking powder for Pesach this year. It was too late to turn back, so I proceeded with the recipe, and and am happy to report that it still works.

Now, if you can track it down, using kosher for Passover baking powder will result in fluffier pancakes. But without it, these are still yummy. And as a bonus, I discovered that sans leavening agent, the batter pours thin enough to make a pretty respectable Pesach crepe recipe.

Passover Grocery Shopping Tips

Thursday April 10, 2014

Pesach GroceriesMaybe you're all business, and a Passover grocery list is all you need. Or maybe you're wondering about the difference between cake meal and matzo meal, or trying to find out whether there's a kosher for Passover coconut oil. (There is.)

In that case, you may find this Passover Grocery Shopping Guide helpful. Think of it as an annotated shopping cheat sheet, with recipe ideas and links, definitions, and tips to help demystify shopping for the holiday.

Image © Miri Rotkovitz

Passover Shopping, Made Simple(r)

Thursday April 10, 2014

PesachShoppingList.JPGPassover begins in just 5 days, which means that if you haven't started stockpiling Pesach groceries already, this is the time to start! Personally, since I use a ton of fresh produce during Passover, I necessarily do a lot of last minute shopping.  But I try to get as much shelf-stable stuff as possible now, so I can put it away and not have to think about it at the last minute.

I find that I usually have to hit several different markets to find all that I need, which increases the likelihood of forgetting something.  So this year, I've drawn up an extensive chart-style shopping list, and I'm sharing it here with you. There's room to write in items, quantities, and add notes, so you can customize the list to your needs. (You can get the list in printer-friendly format if you click the small printer icon on the upper right-hand corner of the page, underneath the search box.)

The only thing I didn't include was a section for kitniyot foods, for those who eat them. If you'd find this helpful, please email me at kosherfood@aboutguide.com, and I'll revise the list!

Image © Miri Rotkovitz

No-Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, and Cookies!

Monday March 31, 2014

VegetarianMatzoBallSoup.JPGYears ago, a couple of days before the Seder, our family friends informed my mom that their young boys -- I think the oldest was maybe 5 at the time -- had suddenly announced that they were vegetarians. They had just seen Chicken Run, and were very adamant about never wanting to eat a chicken ever again.

My sister and I were leaning vegetarian anyway, so I offered to try my hand at a vegetarian matzo ball soup. I've been tweaking the recipe for years, and I've finally hit on a No-Chicken Matzo Ball Soup that I want to make ALL THE TIME. I even tinkered with our family matzo ball recipe, so the soup could have its own special Dill Matzo Balls.

Of course, a girl can't live on soup alone. I look forward to these Passover Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies all year. (True story: I once made them out of empty pantry desperation for a summer cookout. They disappeared very quickly, and I had a bunch of non-Jewish friends begging me for information about Passover cake meal and where to obtain it in mid-summer so they could bake their own.)

Last year, after decades of satisfaction with that one perfect Pesach cookie recipe, I decided it couldn't hurt to have another cookie  recipe up my sleeve. Now these Apricot Chocolate Chunk Farfel Cookies get a place of honor on the cookie platter, too.

Image © Miri Rotkovitz

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