Tag Archives: Passover

Three ways to make Passover Preparation Easier and Cheaper

8 Apr

Preparing Your home for a Kosher Week of Passover can be daunting!

You can do it if you stay away from convenience foods

Delicious Stuffed Cabbage for Passover


Stuffed Cabbage for Passover

and concentrate on proteins and vegetables and a few side items.

Simple menus and a bit of home cooking will make it delicious…and far healthier as most “convenience” foods are way too high in salt, sugar and not the freshest ingredients, hence lower in nutritional value.
Let me know if you need the recipe including diced fresh tomatoes, ketchup
and diced onions/ (We just ate it tonight, yummy)

Secondly. Baked boxes of cookies and cakes are running $10 and more during Passover. Avoid this. With 4 egg whites salt(a pinch), and cocoa with optional chocolate chips and nuts make over 50 meringues. Brownies will need 4 eggs, potato starch, sugar cocoa and chocolate chips or nuts make Platters of brownies.

Use the KISS method, Keep it Simple. Roast veggies, mashed potatoes with caramelized onions.

Call me for recipes or I can do the cooking for you
Chef Helen Gottesman
61.676.2078 Helen@helenshomecooking.com

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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

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Gluten Free Brownies ..One-Dish

8 Jan

I found this recipe when preparing for Passover/Pesach years ago..  So easy and requested all year.  the potato starch is best to buy right after Passover when it goes on sale!  Requested weekly by my husband who is Gluten-Free

Passover Brownies

3 eggs

sugar

oil

potato starch

cocoa

chopped nuts such as walnuts optional

chcoolate chips optional

raspberry jam optional

 

even better with coconut!!

Gluten Free Brownies for Passover

30 Dec

Gluten Free Brownies

4 whole eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

1/2 cup cocoa

3/4 cup potato starch

1/2 cup chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips

Mix eggs just until yolks and whites are mixed then add the rest of the ingredients, mix until smooth. Bake in a 9 by 13 inch pan for 45 minutes at 350. (try two 8 by 8 pans).  Kick it up with raspberry jam folded in just before baking)

Call to order your baked goods for Passover or all year long!  Call for your free consultation!

helen@helenshomecooking.com  561-676-2078

You can also order these to go from chef Helen as well as potato kugel and other side dishes Call in advance to make sure there is enough!

Chicken Nuggets Gluten Free

25 Dec

I don’t eat fast food or prepared  food for the most part and decided to make Chicken Nuggets.  I could not use matzoh meal bread crumbs since hubby is Celiac ,and must be Gluten Free.

3 chicken cutlets , about  1 pound

2 eggs

1/4 cup ground corn meal

2 Tbsp Potato starch

Salt and Pepper to taste

oil spray or olive oil

Cut Chicken cutlets into bite sized squares,  Dust them with the potato starch/cornmeal mixture, then egg then again in potato starch/cornmeal mix (or skip the first mixture and do egg first).then placeon parchment paper lined baking pan. drizzle with olive oil or spray with oil (like Pam and bake at 375 degrees until browned,turning over as each side is browned…about 30 minutes

Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls..Traditional!!

12 Apr
matzo ball soup

matzo ball soup (Photo credit: derek7272)

Fill a small stock pot with water and add a bit of salt.  While this comes to a boil add chicken necks and backs (if you like not wasting the chicken) or some chicken thighs,  Once it comes to a boil, add 3 to 4 peeled and roughly chopped carrots, 2 turnips and 2 parssnips (also peeled and roughly chopped along with 2 ribs of celery. a large onion and few cloves of garlic.  allow to simmer for at lest two hours (covered or not).

The recipe on the package of matzoh meal lists 3 eggs, e/4 cup of matzoh meal and 1/4 tsp salt,  my rercipe is just a bit different.  Beat up the eggs in a small bowl, add the salt, water (1/2 an eggshell full for every 2 eggs) and some fresh chopped dill and or parsly.  Then add the matzoh meal.  When it is mixed, chill it in the fridge for an hour or more and the matzoh meal wuill have a chance to absorb the liquids.  At that time, with wet hands, make mrble walnut sized matzoh balls in your hands and drop them into the slowly boiling soup.  (If the soup is not boiling, the matzoh balls fall apart in the soup….yuck) Cover the soup and let it cook for another hour .  then serve with matzoh balls…

Tov Ta’am…yummy

For more details. call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or http://www.helenshomecooking.com helen@helenshomecooking.com

As my friend Jeff Popper answered when asked what a Matzoh Ball was, he answered, the only edible part of the matzoh