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Purim Foods

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Eats!
Purim has one very famous food linked to it, and that is Hamentashn. They originated as a German pastry called Mohn Taschen, meaning “poppy seed pockets.” Who knows, maybe somewhere along the way someone thought it would be fun to create Haman’s pockets and named them, hamentashn. The triangular shape may also remind us [...]

Passover Foods – The Way To My Heart

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

All my life I’ve heard people say, “I hate Passover, you can’t eat ANYthing!” And I’ve always shaken my head and said, “You need to come over to my house.” Passover is straight up my favorite holiday because the food is SO GOOD! A large part of my Jewish identity was clearly formed by the [...]

Pesach Recipes – Make Your Own Matzah

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Make Your Own Matzah – Its much tastier and more fun!
Instructions based on my Dad’s. More info on his blog, Good-To-Be-A-Jew
“MAKE Matza???” You ask. Yes! It’s probably one of the easiest things you’ll ever bake in your kitchen. The experience and the unique taste of home-made matzah is enough to make a family ritual out [...]

Pesach Recipes – Sephardic Charoset

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Barbara Kline’s Charoset, Sephardic Style:
1 lb pitted chopped dates
Sweet Kosher for Pesach wine
Ground cinnamon
Chopped walnuts
Cover dates with water in a saucepan and cook over moderate heat until the dates break down into a smooth mass. The results should be like a thick jam. Mix in enough wine to loosen the consistency slightly. Put through a [...]

Pesach Recipes – Chocolate Caramel Brickle

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Pesach Brickle (thanks to Delores Gross who calls it a Pitzel Brickel, with slight variations by Barbara Kline)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 C butter
1 C brown sugar
Almonds – whole or chopped coarsely
2 packages Kosher l’Pesach semi-sweet chocolate and 2 packages milk chocolate chips
Grease a cookie pan with butter. Cover the pan with a layer of [...]

Pesach Recipes – Middle Eastern Lamb Kubeh

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Barbara Kline’s Kubeh
Ground lamb
Finely chopped onion
Finely chopped garlic
1 egg
1 recipe of matzah ball mixture adding chopped parsley and ginger
All of the seasonings are to-taste. We make it quite spicy. Make matzah ball dough and refrigerate for at least one hour. Mix together the lamb and the following eight ingredients. Form a ball with the matzah [...]

Pesach Recipes – Spinach and Edam Cheese Souffle

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Pesach Souffle (thanks to Edna Cohen)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
6 eggs, separated
1 lb spinach
1/2 lb edam cheese, sliced
1 lb cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or to taste)
Butter the inside of a soufflé dish and cover the bottom with a double layer of matzah.
Plunge spinach into boiling water and remove almost immediately, squeezing some of [...]

Pesach Recipe – Seven Layer Chocoalte Matzah Cake

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

*This is an amazing cake.   One year, when I was a child, I practically poisoned myself with chocolate matzah cake I ate so much of it.  ENJOY!
Seven Layer Matzah  Cake
1/2 lb semi sweet chocolate
1 tblsp unsalted butter
1/2 lb or 1 jar raspberry jam without seeds (can also use marmalade)
2 eggs
2 tblsp brandy
3/4 C white wine [...]

Recipe for the best Challah ever.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Barbara Kline’s Challah
This makes 2 small/medium size challahs.  I find that it’s usually enough for 4-6 people.
First, make the yeast “sponge”

1/2  tumbler size glass hot water
1 tbls. yeast (or 1 envelope) regular not rapid rise
1 tbls. sugar
Stir together and let it do its thing while you combine the other ingredients.
Next, In large mixing bowl, combine:

4 [...]

Tapuchim U’dvash

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Ta-pu-CHIM u’DVASH  (singular:  ta-PU-ach and d’VASH)  are apples and honey. On Rosh Hashanah we dip apples in honey for a sweet sweet year! Of course, we also eat honey cakes and slather honey on our challah and did you know that for the first year after getting married you get to dip your [...]