The Pesach Seder is a culmination of many things....weeks of cleaning, hours of cooking, more hours of shopping, days of having the kids home and bored.
But it's also the anniversary of our nationhood. It's the commemoration of our redemption from the seemingly endless exile of Egypt. And even if we are dropping with exhaustion, we get a second wind when the Seder begins. I attribute this yearly phenomenon to the sparkle in the children's eyes, the memories of all the sedorim of our youth, and the desire to create new memories that our children will cherish as they grow,.
It's that uniquely special night of the year, the Seder table adorned with a pristine white table cloth, the freshly polished silver glistening, everyone standing around in their new Yom Tov finery – and then, there’s the assorted gathering of pillow cases that always seem to look out of place. From the boys room the blue denim, from the girls room the pink floral, from the guestroom the brown paisley.....you get the idea!
So as I made my first Passover, I decided I would shop around and find matching white pillowcases to give my Seder a uniformed look. After running around to a number of stores (Marshalls, Target, T.J. Max etc, etc) I realized that there were really no white SHAMS available on the market. Thus began my idea to manufacture a uniformed, easy to care for (machine washable) , elegant Seder pillowcase .
Fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, cooked potatoes... It seems as if there are potatoes at every meal over Passover. Here is a way to add some color to your mashed potatoes, as well as a delicious combination of flavors.
This Pesach treat has been a family tradition for at least three generations. Coming from a German/Ashkenaz background, this has always been our favorite Gebrokts dessert. (Actually, my sisters who married "non-brokters" always ask that we save them a piece for after Passover!) Matzah soaked in wine, layered with luscious, creamy chocolate.... this simple recipe is bound to become your family favorite as well.
Here is another one of the recipes I created last year, for Mishpacha -Family First Magazine. These meringues are mouthwatering. Their attractive design will add an additional flair to these ever popular Passover treats.
One of my favorite chometz cookie bar recipes is Chocolate Raspberry Bars.Last year, I converted this recipe into a Passover recipe for Mishpacha Magazine-Family First. It was a big hit!! If your one of those who like chocolate jelly rings, then this one is for you. It’s quick and easy, and it’s bound to be a dessert favorite or a tasty snack to enjoy throughout Passover.
After the photo shoot for Mishpacha Magazine (where this article originally appeared) I had this cake, and a Chometz cake on my kitchen counter, and…. The chometz cake didn’t stand a chance! This cake is seriously delicious! It is tasty enough to be served "plain" or it can be enhanced with a confectionary sugar design or a delectable frosting(see recipe below).I have a friend who is a fabulous baker. She told me that after she made this recipe for the first time, she threw out all her Pesach brownie and chocolate cake recipes.