Skillet Matzoh Brei with Cinnamon, Apple, and Raisins

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Skillet Matzoh Brei with Cinnamon, Apple, and Raisins

No Comments 21 March 2010

Recipe Ingredients

Serves 4

Directions

  1. Place matzos in a bowl, and cover with water. Place a plate on surface to keep matzos submerged. Let stand for 5 minutes, and drain. Return to bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs and salt together in a small bowl. Add to matzo. Add sugar, apple, raisins, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup oil. Gently stir until combined.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spread matzo mixture evenly in skillet, pressing firmly into pan. Cook, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula, 1 piece at a time. (The mixture will break into 3 or 4 pieces.) Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Spoon onto serving plates. Serve hot or warm with toppings if desired.

This recipe comes from Gita Edelsburg, the mother-in-law of Monita Buchwald, recipe tester at Martha Stewart Living.

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Glass Dishes – A Passover Round Up

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Glass Dishes – A Passover Round Up

2 Comments 21 March 2010

This is my first Passover that I will actually have to kosher my own kitchen. So I am on the prowl for some beautiful glass dishes that I can use year round for meat and milk, as well as for the holiday.

Here is a round up of my favorite glass dinner sets from across the web…

1. Crate & Barrel Mallorca Dinnerware

These are more textured than your average glass dish, but still very casual. At this price, these are great for every day dinnertime with your kids.

Cost: $3.95 - $4.95

2. Crate & Barrel Orion Dinnerware

Cost: $6.95 - $7.95

These have a rumpled recycled look. Very cool with linen and woven wood chargers.

3. Horchow’s Vetro Dinnerware

A super elegant set. These dishes are Fancy, with a capital F.

Cost: $281.00 - $352.00

4. Target’s La Rochere Bee Glass Collection

Cute and country.

Cost: $31.49 - $134.99

5. Libbey Tempo Square Dinnerware Collection

Go for a crisp look with a square dish.

Cost: $29.74 - $31.49

6. Colin Cowie 12–pc. Gold–Trimmed Textured Glass Dinnerware Set

Cost is: $149.99

For the price, these are really a score. A gold rimmed dish is timeless.

$149.99

7. VivaTerra Serene Sol Recycled Glass Dinnerware

Cost is: $39.00 - $198.00

Go for an eco-chic look with this recycled glass set.

8. Amazon’s Classica Glass Dishes

Patterned glass plates have the elegance of your grandmother’s crystal, at a fraction of the cost.

Cost: $27.00 for 20 piece set

9. Dishes by Riverside Designs from Terrestera

Cost: $26.00

Green glass evokes memories of sea-glass… Casual but graceful.

10. Belmont Clear Beaded Plate

This is a classic, cant go wrong glass dish. The beaded edge adds detail, but this plate is no fuss, no muss.

Cost: $92.00 for 4

Happy Passover!

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Tips For A Kid Friendly Seder

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Tips For A Kid Friendly Seder

1 Comment 21 March 2010

Its easy to forget that the seder is really all about passing down our traditions to our children amidst the hustle and bustle of planning for the holidays.  My sister-in-law always makes the seder fun for the little kids by buying plastic bugs and frogs from Oriental Trading Company. She then asks Passover questions and whichever kid answers first-she throws them a bug or a frog! (bugs and frogs represent some of  the ten plagues) They love it!

Please check out chabad.og for a wealth of information about Jewish life and holidays! (Photo from: chabad.org / Reprinted from Chabad.org.)

When your Passover table is filled with boisterous youngsters who get fidgety before it’s time to recite the Ma Nishtana, the evening may begin to feel longer than those infamous years of slavery in Egypt, and filled with more tears than the salt water intended.

But don’t fret; your liberation from bondage is closer than you think. The following offers a guide of creative ideas for frazzled parents who seek to inspire every kind of child, including the wise one, the simple one, the one who is too young to ask and, well, I’m not even going to mention the fourth one.

Don’t forget to invite your children to share.

First, you have to set the scene; I always make my table child-friendly by setting the table with Passover paraphernalia such as plastic frogs, red water colored with red wine or grape juice (blood), sunglasses (darkness), ping pong balls (hail), masks and other and plague-related odds and ends.

Just as you invite all of those who are hungry, don’t forget to invite your children to share. Welcome your children to bring their ownHaggadahs to the table and share what they have learned with everyone else.

As you set your table with your finest Passover china and crystal, don’t leave out the most important display – the handmade pillows, sederplates and crafts your progeny created in school this year and in previous years.

Try to reward good questions, singing, readings and stories with something special. This way, they will pay attention to the proper place in the Haggadah. I have found that this technique keeps everyone alert.

Some people charge the children at their seder with the task of producing a Pesach-related skit. All the children can be given a part to play from the Haggadah, along with props, such as toy frogs and plastic bugs to add more realism and dramatic flair. The activity has the added benefit of requiring a certain amount of planning away from the table, affording the adults an opportunity for higher level conversation.

Some have the custom of marching around the table with either a piece of matza or a heavy load of items on their back. This helps us to fulfill the mitzvah of the Seder, which requires us to feel and act as if we have personally experienced liberation from slavery. Similarly, some people dress up like slaves and walk around the table to reenact the Jews‘ Exodus from Egypt. But you don’t have to end with your journeys through the dessert around your table.

A scavenger hunt through the Haggadah will also keep everyone on their toes; you can give your seder participants a list of words or characters to find as they read through the Haggadah.

One family I know ends their seder with an energetic round of the song “Who Knows One,” complete with elaborate hand motions. It certainly helped that they drank four cups of wine first!

When children are involved in seder preparations, it gives them a sense of ownership.

Generating enthusiasm for the seder can begin before the matzah and herbs are even brought to the table. When children are involved in seder preparations, it gives them a sense of ownership in the event. There are little jobs you can give them to help prepare, such as getting the salt water and bitter herbs ready. It may even encourage them to stick around at the table longer.

One family I know prepares a treasure hunt in advance, with clues to finding their missing afikomen. The adults are forced to participate whether they like it or not because without the afikomen, the seder cannot be completed.

If you successfully follow some of the suggestions above, you might get the ultimate compliment at the end of the meal. The children just might say, “Next Year–at your table–in Jerusalem.”

Other suggestions:

  • Paper bag dramatics. You can make parts of the Haggadah come alive by giving kids a bag of random materials. They must act out the part of the Haggadah using the materials. This can be done for the Ten Plagues as well.
  • Make the Ten Plagues come alive by throwing something out on the table for each one. For blood, put colored cups of water around the table. For frogs, throw around little toy frogs, etc.
  • Act out traditional Passover songs, such as Dayenu.
  • Dress up in robes or sheets to create the look of slaves.
  • Create a scavenger hunt out of the frogs that you have hidden around the house during the day.
  • Jump over a low bucket filled with water to recreate the splitting of the sea.
  • Get some sacks for the kids to pull around; fill with water bottles and then reenact the exodus from Egypt.
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How to Create Your Own Elegant Seder Centerpiece

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How to Create Your Own Elegant Seder Centerpiece

1 Comment 21 March 2010

By Claudia Bildirici

Its so easy to craft your own centerpiece for the holidays. Your guests will think you hired a florist!

During theseder,  I like to have the seder plate set upon a bowl with floating flowers, so it can be revealed when  the eldest girl removes the seder plate from the table, (a yearly tradition).

Follow these simple instructions- please let me know if you have any questions! Just post a comment below!

Buy

-a round oasis ring at any flower shop 12″

-one bunch green roses

-1 bunch daisys

-1 bunch of any pretty green filler

Cost

-flowers – $18.00

-oasis ring -2 for $12.00

More

-Soak the oasis for a couple of hours using a large tin

-Trim the roses and daisys leaving only about one inch of stem

Now this is the fun part!

-Just stick the flowers in any order you want.

-I placed the rose one by one  to cover the oasis, then  I placed the daisies.

-Before I knew it the whole thing was full and gorgeous!

-I tried not to place flowers on the inside of the oasis …Knowing I was placing a bowl in the center

-Place a bowl in the middle of the ring.

-Fill the bowl with a little water and float flowers in the bowl.

-You are now going to top this with the seder plate.

When you remove the seder plate from the table you still have a  gorgeous centerpiece on your table!

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