Kosher for Passover

Cult Kosher

The top 10 treats we love to eat during Pesach.

03/26/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Passover’s almost here and supermarkets are starting to fill up with those kosher for Passover foods you can’t get, or wouldn’t care to eat, any other time of year. No, not matzah and potato starch: I mean the good stuff.

Gotta love those kosher for Passover foods. Ronnie Fein

A Sweet, Ethically-Sourced Passover

Kosher chocolate goes fair trade in a partnership between T'ruah and Fair Trade Judaica.

03/07/2014
Food and Wine Editor
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Courtesy of Fair Trade Judaica

Chip In!

Parev chocolate chips are a Passover ingredient better than the chametz version.

03/28/2013
Food & Wine Editor

Oftentimes on the final day of Passover I’m writing a list of the foods I can’t wait to eat once Passover ends, but there’s one Passover treat that I crave year-round— Oppenheimer semi-sweet chocolate chips. They’re only sold in the weeks leading up to Passover, but they taste so much better than ordinary chocolate chips, so I load up on enough to last me several months.

Oppenheimer semi-sweet chips are great year-round. Fotolia

Chip In!

Oftentimes on the final day of Passover I’m writing a list of the foods I can’t wait to eat once Passover ends, but there’s one Passover treat that I crave year-round— Oppenheimer semi-sweet chocolate chips. They’re only sold in the weeks leading up to Passover, but they taste so much better than ordinary chocolate chips, so I load up on enough to last me several months.

Oppenheimer semi-sweet chocolate chips are delicious. Fotolia.

Raising The Chocolate Bar

Rabbi Deborah Prinz talks about her book, "On the Chocolate Trail," and the little-known history of Jews and chocolate.

03/22/2013
Food & Wine Editor

What do Jews and chocolate have in common? According to Rabbi Deborah Prinz, author of On the Chocolate Trail, more than you’d expect. Prinz’s book takes you on her worldwide expedition on the chocolate trail, exploring the historical legacy of chocolate and religion. Included in the book are recipes, a consumer’s guide to buying ethically produced chocolate and a list of chocolate museums and tours around the world. I spoke with Rabbi Prinz about her favorite chocolate Passover recipes, the most bizarre chocolate combination she’s tried and what’s next for her journey on the chocolate trail.  

Rabbi Debbie Prinz, author of On the Chocolate Trail

The Matzah Ball's Rival

Take a page from the Moroccan Jewish cookbook and make these charoset truffles.

03/18/2013
Food & Wine Editor

Jews, by nature, love to debate, and when it comes to a simple how do you make charoset you won’t get one answer, but three. The Ashkenazi charoset typically consists of chopped walnuts, apples and sweet wine tossed together, while the Sephardic version is spicier and uses a variety of dried fruits and nuts. Then there’s Moroccan-truffle charoset, a version of the Sephardic charoset shaped into neat, little cinnamon-coated balls.  So, if you’re looking to spice up your charoset, Tori Avey’s blog, Shiksa in the Kitchen, has the solution.

Spicy Sephardic charoset truffle balls. Photo via theshiksa.com

Taking The OU Out of Quinoa

The verdict is in, and rabbis are calling quinoa unkosher for Passover.

03/15/2013
JTA

On any given day, a wind might blow through the farmlands of South America, pick up an errant grain of barley and deposit it nearby among the vast rows of cultivated quinoa. If that barley manages to make its way into a sifted batch of quinoa and avoid detection during repackaging, it could wind up gracing your seder table on Passover night.

Kosher or kitniyot? Rabbis weigh in on quinoa for Passover. iStockPhoto.

A Chocolate Afikoman

Some sweet, flour-free dessert ideas that don’t contain a pinch of you know what.

03/15/2013
Special for the Jewish Week

Due to all the many food Thou Shalt Nots on Pesach, baking (for a baker like yours truly) is the hardest part of preparing for the holiday. Because, of course, without the key ingredient of flour, cookies, cakes and pies are virtually impossible to make.

Many cooks get by substituting matzah meal, basically ground-up matzah. But every year, when Passover rolls around, I set about creating and testing recipes that don’t call for one drop of it. I understand that we’re supposed to eat matzah at the seder, and I can even get behind the occasional slice slathered in butter, but matzah-flavored cake? Count me out.

So if you can’t have flour, and you can’t have its matzah-flavored substitute, you need something to give desserts body and texture: Chocolate!

Here are three recipes that are completely flour-free, and chocolate-filled. The chocolate cookies are incredibly simple and tasty, like a richer, chewier chocolate meringue. The almond chocolate cookies are buttery with just a hint of sweet, while the classic chocolate mousse is rich and creamy — the perfect end to any meal. They are also great for any gluten-free baking you want to do year round.

A chocolate fix to power you through 8 days in the desert. Fotolia.

Cooking With The Morgans

Passover lamb and dessert recipes from the Golden State kosher gurus, Jeff and Jodie Morgan.

03/15/2013
Food & Wine Editor

Jeff and Jodie Morgan, renowned kosher food and wine connoisseurs, dished to Gamliel Kronemer about their Passover braised lamb shanks and chocolate almond torte recipes.

Braised lamb shanks go great with Cabernet Sauvignon. iStockphoto.

Bubbe's Kugel Martha's Way

Give the domestic goddess' mouthwatering potato kugel gratin or 21 other Passover recipes a try.

03/14/2013
Food & Wine Editor

When it comes to hosting a knockout Passover seder, the best person to turn to for home entertaining inspiration is Martha Stewart. She has 22 delicious, elegant, and creative Passover recipes to serve at your seders and to get you through the other six days of Passover. Her tzimmes, braised brisket, and Passover popovers look scrumptious, but our favorite recipe is her potato kugel gratin, a French take on bubbe’s original. 

Martha shares her delicious passover recipes. Getty Images.
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