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3 Tips to Make Pasover Easy and Avoid the Expensive Stuff!

13 Apr

For many years I heard the complaints and gave in.   I kept kosher and like so many other people I found that my husband and son  thought that they could not survive without pasta or Cheerios for 8 days.  So, I gave in,  I bought the Pesach version of pasta (yuck!) and the Pesach version of Cheerios (3 or four times the price per volume!) and found they were not very good.

I found some basic steps I could take to minimize the expense by avoiding the prepared or convenience items which I rarely use anyway and maximize the taste by using more fresh products.So, no cake mixes.  No paying extra for broken matzoh (crumble it yourself if you need to!). Enjoy my brownie recipe using potato starch rather than flour!

First, think in terms of the Mediterranean diet or the Oriental diets.  More vegetables, prepared different ways alongside smaller portions of proteins for dinners especially during the week. I love roasted vegetables (white and sweet potatoes, zucchini and more) alongside roasted or baked chicken as well as a stir fry of onion, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and yellow squash and more.  There is always salads like spinach with strawberry to spice things up.

Secondly, think a bit of flexibility on your menus. Burgers don’t need fillers such as matzoh meal or bread crumbs.  Without that, they don’t need the egg t hold it together. Mix the ground beef with chopped onions and garlic and shape the burgers into sliders. Bake, grill or fry as normally would and enjoy!  You can also add herbs in the mixture as you choose!

Thirdly, since my husband is now Gluten-Free as we found out he has Celiac I prepare his food without wheat. We love to make potatoes several ways.  I make potato kugel (with or without carrots, zucchini or sweet potatoes for color), I make mashed potatoes with sauteed onion (using olive oil and no dairy or dairy substitute).  Now according to many authorities quinoa is acceptable during Passover!! Hooray as we love it.

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Potato Latkes Hannukah is Coming Book Your Date Now Before It’s Taken Hannukah’s Coming Soon. Book Y our Date Nowour Dinner Plans Now Before We Are Full!

6 Dec
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Chanukah or is it Hannukah?  The holiday name is translated from the Hebrew which means dedication. Many schoolchildren know the story of the small unadulterated oil found in THE temple in Jerusalem after it was mostly destroyed by the Syrian Greeks.  The oil lasted for 8 days rather than a single expected day, long enough for a rider to get a replacement from another city. The oil is central to the dishes we eat for Chanukah , everything deep fried,  (OK, so we skip healthy for one night) .

Many Jewish Holidays seem to be we were few , we beat the big army: Now, we can live as Jews!  Let’s eat.

Since the story of the Hasmoneans beating the Greek army involves the miracle of the small vial of oil that had hat been defiled by the Greeks lasting 8 days.(Long enough for a rider to get another replacement supply for the Temple in Jerusalem). We now celebrate with foods fried in oil.  Typical foods involve latkes (potato pancakes) (recipe to follow) and sufganiyot an Israeli jelly doughnut that puts  Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme to shame (By the way , I love Dunkin Donuts).  By the way, this recipe is kosher, Gluten-Free, vegan and delicious! Perfect for celiac sufferers who avoid this recipe because it is usually made with flour.

Remember, you don’t have to be Jewish to like or make Potato Latkes.

Preparing the latkes (and Potato kugel)#latke #kugel this way keeps you from having a  grey potato dish which I always found unappetizing. #sufganiyot #oilChanukah #oilHanukah

Potato Latkes for Chanukah or anytime

Enough for 3 to 4 people

2 Large White Potatoes, peeled

1 peeled onion

salt

1 egg

Mild flavored Vegetable oil such as safflower or corn

Grate the short side of  the Potatoes against the larger spaced sides of a box grater into a bowl of ice water. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes which gives the potato starch time to set in the water.  Squeeze the water out by handfuls of potato into a second bowl until most potato is gone from first bowl. Grate onion into drained potatoes and add salt and pepper. Pour off the water slowly from first bowl, leaving some more grated potato and the natural potato starch. When you have all the water poured off, add it to the second bowl and mix well.

Fill frying pan with 1 1/2 inches of oil an d heat.  add potato mixture by the soup spoon into the hot oil.  Give the latkes about 2 minutes to turn golden brown and flip them , til brown on the second side.  then, place on paper towl line plain to drain off excess oil. Keep going with all potato mixture.

For me, there is nothing better than latkes topped with apple sauce.  Pthers recommend sour cream with chives.

Variation  If latkes are too boring, grate in either a little carrot, zucchini or some fresh chopped parsley although I am a purist myself

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Passover Prep. One day at a time

18 Mar

From 2 years ago. this bears repeating.
I am putting together recipes for a client (seder for 14), and my own family (two seder for 3 to 7 people.0

Since my client wants brisket, poached salmon for 5 , gefilte fish, brownies (no nuts!) and many of the usual side dishes, i am checking for the best possible recipes. I also have to plan on containers for each of us, foil pans, heavy duty foil(LOTS OF IT) for the counters as well as wrapping food for the client, parchment paper, special dish soap, a new salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, cinnamon etc.
So many of these staples need to be kosher for passover, extremely detailed laws concerning this….

Got recipes and most of shopping list together, but it is too early to shop. Need to be rid of all chametz. Such a challenge.
More on chametz tomorrow

gremolata (for string beans)

13 Mar

gremolata (for string beans).

Passover/Pesach Cooking and Preparation

11 Mar

I am reposting this from 2 years ago… counting down to Pesach/Passover.
To the observant Jew, preparing for Passover has many challenges and opportunities.  I will plan ahead and not drive myself crazy.. I took an hour this morning and went through my pantry to review what I wanted to use up prior to the holiday (2 started boxes of whole-wheat pasta and one of lasagna noodles).  I look through packages, especially baking items and spices to see they are not expired (the experts suggest keeping the dried spices no longer than 6 months),  I HAD TO DIVEST MYSELF OF THE CREAM OF TARTAR.  A recent client asked me to make baking powder biscuits , insisted she had baking powder and found at the last minute that it expired in 2002, long before she moved to Florida!

.I also go through the medicine chest and find expired over the counter meds and prescription meds. We don’t use a lot of meds so this was a quick process.

By Wed evening there will be no food going out of the kitchen and dining room….I hope.

 

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Gluten Free “blondies” for Pesach

12 Jan

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Since my husband has Celiac and can’t eat wheat, I was making brownies with potato starch and tried several recipes. Then, hubby decided no more chocolate or cocoa!

 

I looked over other brownie recipes and came up with this  which is enough for a small brownie pan.  It would be doubled or tripled for a 13 by 9 pan.

 

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2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3cup oil
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Beat eggs lightly, add oil, and mis again. then potato starch and coconut and add to greased paN, bAKE IN OVEN AT 350 FOR 20T 25 MIN UNTIL GOLDEN BrOWN . cool.cut and enjoy

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