March is such a tempting mistress. The sun is in the sky later and the flowers are beginning to pop up, but it’s still just a bit too early for an appreciable amount of spring produce to show up at farmers’ markets. I spend March wistfully looking out my window at my vegetable garden, waiting for something, anything to happen. One more month of root vegetables and then I’m moving to California (for real this time).
“Simple and elegant–my favorite combination,” wrote Ina Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa, the other day on Instagram. She was describing her approach to table setting, but this combination resonates with me, too, both in terms of aesthetics (I’m not about to spend money on table settings!) and how I cook (well, most of the time). Try as I might, it’s hard to keep this vision in sight when the holidays roll around. As if large gatherings and special diets weren’t tricky enough, there’s kosher for passover rules to mitigate!
Tiramisu translates to “pick me up.” And this popular Italian dessert sure lifts our mood! Here, we altered the classic by using matzah in place of traditional ladyfingers. The matzah soaks up the cream, chocolate, and rum with mouthwatering results.
I have served this chicken on Rosh Hashanah for years, and it’s a go-to for a quick and easy Shabbat recipe. The chicken gets caramelized from the glossy and delicious sauce. It’s best when marinated overnight, so be sure to plan ahead and start it early.
Get creative this Passover with some vegan, gluten-free and kosher-for-Passover fruit and nut bars! Dense and chewy, they’re similar to Lara bars. They’re packed with dates, which are full of natural sugar and potassium. The combination of nuts, dried fruit and coconut will be sure to keep your “hanger” at bay. If you’re like me, snacks like these come in handy as a mid-morning snack–breakfast only gets you so far.
Kosher-for-Passover food is a bit more complicated than everyday kosher food, but with a little more creativity (and maybe a little less matzah!), kosher-for-Passover meals can be so good you might just want to cook them all year long.
Matzah Brei (pronounced mat-za bry) is a classic Passover dish of scrambled eggs and matzah, often enjoyed on the morning after the Passover seder and throughout the holiday. It’s a tasty and filling dish for those keeping kosher for Passover, a time during which breads and bagels are verboten (the horror!). Everything from its ingredients to the way you make it is adaptable, which is why its precise definition can be so elusive.
Like the crazy Jewish woman I am, I start researching Passover recipes…well, you might say I research Passover recipes all year long. Passover is my least favorite holiday and so I am always trying to make the week as painless as possible with delicious “non Passover tasting” dishes.