BUY NOW: Immersion Blender Deal

BUY NOW: Immersion Blender Deal

The Cuisinart Immersion Blender is a great price today at Amazon. It’s the lowest price ever. We have two of these, one for the year and one for Passover. We have had no problems with it.

  • 2 speeds
  • 200 watt motor
  • Dishwasher-safe

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Alex Toys My First Sewing Kit

Alex Toys My First Sewing Kit

Great deal on this sewing kit. Could be a good Afikoman gift or just something for your gift closet.

  • Foster creativity and skills that can grow to an exciting hobby or an extraordinary career
  • This kit is a perfect travel or rainy day activity
  • Winner of Dr Toy’s Best Classic Toys Award and Parents’ Choice Approved Award
  • 28 felt shapes, embroidery floss, stuffing, fabric, ric rac, scissors, measuring tape, pins, needles, thimble, pin cushion, 6 buttons, pom pom strip
  • Recommended for children 7 to 12 years of age

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Passover Recipe Round-up

Passover Recipe Round-up

Here are a few of the ideas I have collected for this year:

Breakfast

GF Banana Pancakes (Cleveland Clinic)
Best Pesach Breakfasts (Family Friends Food)

Sides & Appetizers

Matzah Eggrolls (Afooda)
Crustless Tomato Quiche (Kosher Eye)
15 Salad Recipes (Joy of Kosher)
Zucchini Parmesan Pancakes (Martha Stewart)
Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes (Joy of Kosher)
Vegetable & Carmelized Leeks (What Jew Wanna Eat)
Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks (Jo Cooks)
Edible 10 Plagues (Joy of Kosher)
Spinach Potato Nest Bites (May I have that recipe)

Main

Quinoa Meatballs (Kosher in the Kitch)

Dessert

Cheese Cake Brownies (Kosher in the Kitch)
Pesach Cakes & Treats (Family Friends  Food)
Passover Dessert Recipes (Couldn’t be Pareve)
Chocolate Dipped Oranges (Buzzfeed)
Flourless Chocolate Cake (Epicurious)
Lemon and Fresh Raspberry Dacquoise (Good Housekeeping)
Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread (Just about Baked)
Best Passover Sponge Cake (Just About Baked)
Easy Chocolate Cake (Just About Baked)
Ganache Linzer Tart (Just About Baked)
Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake (Kosher Like Me)
25 Passover Dessert Recipes (Joy of Kosher)
Blackout Cake (Joy of Kosher)
Passover Pie Recipes by Paula Shoyer (Washington Post)
Flourless Cookies (King Arthur Flour)
Passover Recipes in a Pinch (Lulu & Lattes)
Passover Apple Cake (Shari Rozansky)
Passover Lemon Bars (Joy of Kosher)
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies (Tori Avey)
Best Chocolate Passover Cookies (NotderbyPie)
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies (Lil Miss Cakes)
Passover Chocolate Matzah Toffee (Oh Nuts)
Passover Chocolate Nut Sponge Cake (Food52)

Recipe Index

250 Recipes  (Kosher Eye)
101 Recipes (Joy of Kosher)
Over 150 Passover Recipes (Overtime Cook)

Menu Ideas

Seder Menus (A Jewish Homeschool blog)
Passover Menu Ideas (Epicurious)
18 recipes everyone will actually eat (Bon Appetite)
17 Best Seder Recipes (Martha Stewart)
Favorite Passover Recipes (Food & Wine)

Amazon Deal: Haggadot & Cookbooks

Amazon Deal: Haggadot & Cookbooks

Haggadot

If you are looking for Haggadot this year there are a couple of new ones that have come out that you might want to add to your collection.

The Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah is $16.77 (lowest price) and those who have ordered it and received it seem to love it. It’s great gift idea for all of those Harry Potter Fans out there.

What could a School of Witchcraft and Wizardry possibly have in common with the most published book in Jewish history and the most celebrated holiday of the Jewish calendar? As it turns out, quite a lot. From the concepts of slavery and freedom, to the focus on education, to the number four, Harry Potter and Passover share almost everything. This book is the perfect companion for young and old at the Seder table. Enchant your guests with lessons from the magical realms of Hogwarts and Jewish tradition. Foster conversation with student responses to Seder questions. And learn the ultimate lesson: Holiness can be found everywhere, if you know where to look.

A new Haggadah from Dave Barry:
For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them. The book you hold before you is no ordinary Haggadah. If you’ve ever suffered through a Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can last as long as the exodus from Egypt itself. There are countless stories, dozens of blessings, and far too many handwashings while the meal turns cold. Now prepare to be entertained by another version of the book that’s responsible for this interminable tradition.

Cookbooks

Paula Shoyer redefines dining with an updated and global menu for Passover in the Passover Menu that includes Banana Charoset, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde, Moroccan Spiced Short Ribs, Sweet Potato Tzimmis, Eggplant Parmesan, and Frittata with Broccoli and Leeks. And don’t forget the desserts (many gluten-free) that are Shoyer’s speciality, including Triple Chocolate Biscotti, Opera Cake, and Pear Frangipane Tarts. To streamline your planning, there are eight full menus to use as is or to mix and match, along with suggestions for other meals. Passover has never been so easy or delicious!

In this debut cookbook, Perfect for Pesach, Naomi Nachman shares her popular recipes from over two decades of cooking and catering for Passover. Perfect for Pesach presents easy recipes that use innovative flavor combinations to create fabulous gourmet meals to enhance your holiday table. My goal is to help home cooks prepare delicious meals without making the process too complicated or exhausting, Naomi says. I want you to be as excited about cooking for Pesach as I am. These recipes are so delicious, your family and friends will be asking for them all year long.

 

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Using Microsoft OneNote (a Digital Notebook) for Meal Planning for the Holidays

Using Microsoft OneNote (a Digital Notebook) for Meal Planning for the Holidays

Menu-planning has been sort of all over the place. We plan menus every week, but when it comes to holiday planning, we have never been really organized. Mostly we had planned our menus and created Google Docs for each year with links to recipes as needed or references to where to find the recipe in the cookbooks. I will tell you this has been totally messy and hard to find previous menus. Even typing menu into google doesn’t always bring up all of the documents.

In an effort to decrease clutter and focus some of our digital mess into a more organized fashion we have begun using Microsoft’s OneNote to website recipes clippings (I still do a bunch of it on Pinterest) and paper recipes. It’s our digital cookbook. We had scanned tons of stuff a while ago that’s just sitting on a Google drive and hard to search, so moving forward we have started adding them into the Microsoft’s OneNote

This year, we tried using OneNote during Passover for our meal planning and organizing. It was surprisingly awesome! We had just installed Microsoft Office 365 on our computers and phones. We didn’t get to everything in our plan and had to readjust because our oven died when I was cleaning it for the holiday, but it did help with the process. This probably could be done with Evernote too, but I haven’t ever use Evernote.

We created the plan and then we linked to the recipes that were in the notebook. We also created a shopping list on the side with check off boxes. Because I could access the shopping list, menu, and recipes all at the same time, it made shopping easy. I could go back to look at recipes if I wanted clarification or know if there was a specific type of ingredient that needed to be purchased and make the adjustments as I was shopping.

One of best parts of having recipes available through the web, computer, or mobile device is the access to them from anywhere. For the recipes we use all the time, we can add them to the notebook. An advantage of having them with us is we can plan a menu on the go and can quickly reference the recipe and add ingredients to our shopping list even when we are not home.

 

 

Passover Articles & Recipes Round-up

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I’ve put together a list of resources from blogs, facebook groups, etc. I am happy to add other interesting articles or recipes that are your go tos.

Cleaning

How to Clean for Pesach (Passover) in One Day (Out of the OrthoBox)
Passover Decluttering Challenge
A Halachik Guide to Cleaning and Kashering for Pesach (Beltway Vaad)

Shopping Resources

How to Shop for Passover on a Budget Part 1 from 2011 (Kosher on a Budget)
18 Foods That Don’t Require Special Kosher for Passover Certification (Kosher on a Budget)

Passover Guides
OU Passover Guide
Kashrut.com Passover Guide
CRC Passover Guide
OK Passover Guide
Beth-Din Sephardic Guide
2016 Recommended Passover Product List For Sephardic Communities (JSOR)

Seder

9 Haggadahs That Will Make Your Passover Seder Perfect (Kveller)
Cocktails for each of the 10 plagues (Tablet)
The Pardes Companion to the Haggadah (Pardes)
Passover Party Ideas (Party Idea Pros)
Doily Placecards (Intimate Weddings)
4 Question Placecards (Almost Makes Perfect)
Jewish Placecards (Crafting Jewish Style)

For Kids
10 Passover Freebies (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover for Kids-20 Great Tips for a Kid-Friendly Seder (Jewish Mom)
5 Kid Friendly Seder Ideas (Mazel Moments)
Passover Shtick
Passover for Kids

Haroset
Charoset from Around the World (Beth El, Omaha)
Nut Free Charoset Recipes (Brith Shalom)
Chowhound Haroset
Tropical Charoset (Epicurious)
4 Simple Charoset Recipes (Chabad)
Rachel Willen’s Morrocan Mortar (Sephardic Charoset)

Meal Planning

How to Survive All 8 Days of Passover (Epicurious)
Does your Passover Seder menu need a few new ideas? (Shari Rozansky)
My Family’s Meal Plan (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover Menu Plan 2013 (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover Meal Planning made Easy (Kosher on a Budget)
Passover Meal Plan 2016 (Kosher on a Budget)

Food

Pesach Potato Gnocchi (Family Friends Food)
Spinach Potato Nest Bites (May I have that recipe?)
Gourmet Passover Cooking 2016
Gluten Free Meatballs & Zucchinni Noodles (Chabad)
Zucchini Mina (Jewish Food Hero)
Mini Potato Kuggles (Kveller)
Quinoa with Thai Flavors (New York Times)
Homemade Matzos (MyRecipes)
Potato & Mushroom Pie (All Recipes)
Grilled Different Color Frogs (The Homestead Survival)
Matzah, Mushroom, & Onion Kuggle (Delish)
Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake (Kalyn’s Kitchen)
25 Delicious Ways to use Matzah (BuzzFeed)
Cauliflower Mac N Cheese (Food Network) * Skip the mustard (or buy Kosher for Passover Mustard)
15 Modern Recipes for your Passover Seder (Real Simple)
7 Easy Passover Recipes (Parenting)
Easy Passover Recipes for Tots (Popsugar)
34 Healthy & Delicious Passover Recipes (Greatist)
Top Passover Recipes (Fine Cooking)
18 (Delicious!) Things To Do With Potatoes This Passover (Overtime Cook)
Passover & Passover-Friendly Recipes (Kosher Eye)
Pesach Kani Salad (Joy of Kosher)

Cauliflower Dishes that can be made for Passover
Cauliflower Tortillas (Paleo Leap)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Dear Crissy)
Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Damy Health) * Kosher for Passover, if you exclude some of the optional items

Breakfast
4 Ingredient Pancakes (Family Friends Food)
Grain-free Zucchini Bread (Couldn’t Be Pareve)
Eggvocado (The Traveling Spoon)
13 Breakfast Ideas (Diva Indoors)
Passover Breakfast Ideas (Kosher4Passover)
Joy of Kosher Passover Breakfast Ideas (Joy of Kosher)
Passover Chocolate Toffee Recipe (Oh Nuts)
Passover Pancakes – Nut Free (Food)
Passover Pancakes – Nut Free (Cara’s Cravings)

Desserts
14 Craveable Desserts for Passover (Epicurious)
Passover Recipes in a Pinch (Lulu & Lattes)
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble (Epicurious)
Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Overtime Cook)
4 Passover Desserts better than the Bakery (Joy of Kosher)
Best Chocolate Cookies for Passover (NotderbyPie)
Passover Apple Cake (Shari Rozansky)
Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie (Joy of Kosher)
Salted Matza Crack (Brokeass Gourmet)
Chocolate Truffles (Keep it Sweet)
No-Bake Chocolate Matza Cake (Tori Avery)
Cheesecake Brownies (Kosher in the Kitch)
Chewy Gooey Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Recipe Girl)
Flourless Chocolate-Almond Torte (Zoe Bakes)
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies (Lil Miss Cakes)

Crafts

Passover (Pesach) Crafts that enhance the Seder
10 Playful Passover Crafts (iVillage)
Matzah Holder (Challah Crumbs)
Elijah and Miriam Kiddush Cups (Creative Cynchroncity)
15 DIY Seder Plates (Huffington Post)
Ancient Egyptian Collars (Art History Mom)