GKC readers not only inquire about great Passover recipes, but also about great Passover wines. This time of year we are flooded with wine and food questions and we will attempt to help you with each of them. First, the most popular question is, “What are your recommendations for great Seder wines? Specifically, please recommend…
GKC loves our friends at Osem and all the terrific strides they make each year to make amazing products for Passover and all year round. This year they have some ground breaking products that you must try. Here are a few of my favorites. It is now possible to bake your own kosher-for-Passover bread with…
An interview with mom expert and author Tamar Warga Recently, my friend Tamar Warga, author of “A Taste of Freedom” and creator of Kosherfoodallergies.blogspot.com (where kosher Jews get allergy news) sat down to chat about her Passover cookbook. She is truly an inspiration and devoted mom. Tamar’s book is a Passover Food Allergy Cookbook and…
It’s that time of year again. Yes, right after Purim when I am flooded with emails about Passover. I’m actually so impressed with these organized readers because honestly, I am still putting away and using up leftover candy and perhaps in denial that Passover is around the corner. Luckily, GKC Passover indexes are ready with…
Did you see these in the menu section on the homepage? We put together some of our menus to share with our readers. We used some recipes from this year and some favorites from past years. Don’t forget to share your menus and recipes with us too!
Chicken Soup with Fluffy Matzo balls
Shredded Beef Brisket
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples
Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins
Making great meringue is good all year round but especially important during Passover season. Beating egg whites is one of the most important steps in so many Passover dishes. GKC is going to step by step explain how to master meringue for the perfect egg whites, cookies, or Pavlovas.
GKC best tips for perfect meringue:
- Separate the eggs perfectly: Make sure no fat or yolk remains in the egg white. The fat in the yolk will wreck the meringue. Do not fish out the yolk with your fingers; use a fine sieve if there is any yolk remaining, a paper towel, or discard that egg white. Tip: cold eggs separate easier.
- Beat room temperature eggs. They will increase in volume more.
- Utensils: Copper, glass and stainless steel bowls work best. Make sure they are completely clean, dry and grease free. Rub a very small amount of white vinegar on a paper towel and rub it all over the interior of the mixing bowl. Vinegar activates the enzymes in the eggs.
- Do not add the sugar until the egg whites are whipped to soft peaks. Slowly, pour in the sugar, tablespoon by tablespoon (superfine sugar dissolves faster) so that you do not deflate the egg whites. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Meringue needs to cook at a low temperature so that the moisture gradually evaporates. A high temperature will make the outside crunchy and the inside chewy and sticky.
- Keep meringue in the oven after it has baked to help it dry out more.
- Never make meringue on a humid day. The air in the room attracts too much moisture and prevents the meringue from drying out properly.
- Cream of Tartar is a great stabilizer and helps hold the peaks stiff. It also helps add the shine to the egg whites. A recipe with 3 egg whites just needs ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar. Omit if not available.
Serves 6 3 egg whites 3/4 cup sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups pareve whipping cream 1-1/2 cups sliced strawberries Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Draw the outline of an upside down 8-9 inch plate on to the parchment. Place egg whites in a spotlessly clean metal…
What are you making for Passover? Did you check out all the new kosher for Passover recipes we posted?
Still need inspiration? Try a cooking class at the JCC of Manhattan. They have a super lineup of classes just right for Passover cooking. Try one of these:
Mouthwatering Make Ahead Seder on Monday March 19
Delectable Pareve Passover Desserts and Confections on March 23 (I’m planning on going, who is joining me?)
Mastering Gefilte Fish on March 25
Or Lotsa Matza, Easy Passover Recipes on March 27 (I may have to go to this one too – spinach feta pie and leek fritters, yum!)
GKC loves hearing about new products, especially from some of our favorite companies. So what’s new this year or better than ever?
I love the creative and thoughtful matzah products that Osem developed. They definitely asked consumers what they wanted and responded with just what we ordered. My favorites?
Osem Sandwich Matzah Strips. So smart! Perforated matzah for easy, perfect break apart pieces and even sandwich making. No more wasted pieces or crazy sized sandwhiches. This makes matzah on the go much more manageable.
Osem Thin Matzah original and whole wheat. By the time the seders are over, we welcome a lighter matzah for matzah pizza, matzah lasagna or just plain eating. It’s thin and light but still crunchy and flavorful.
Do you eat kitniyos? If yes, you and your kids are in luck! Bamba by Osem has new flavors and they already won awards for best new snack product at Kosherfest. Kids and adults love them. Strawberry and halvah Sesame Cream both come in snack packs and large bags. I loved the Popco Butterscoth flavored Corn snack that I tried at Kosherfest. Its like a kettle corn with butterscotch flavoring.
A few other treats we love from friends at Mehadrin…
Kosher for Passover 1% Yogurts from Mehadrin. I have personally been waiting for this. Great flavors without all the excess calories and fat of regular yogurts and real fruit flavor.
And, my kids cannot live without their favorite…Leben! Treat, snack, breakfast, or even dessert, sweet and creamy and easy to love.
Have a product you want to share with us? Tell us about it so that we can share it with all of our fantastic readers and make everyone’s Passover a little bit tastier.
I refuse to start any Pesach cleaning or planning until after Purim. The problem is that now it’s after Purim and I’ve run out of excuses! The most fun part is the menu planning; check out our recipes and ideas. But the cleaning does give our homes a fresh, uncluttered feel. Start with the bedrooms…
In the rush to gather, assemble, and cook gourmet Passover recipes for the seder meals, it can be daunting to even consider pre-preparing any meals for chol hamoed. Many families either continue to eat leftovers from the seders, or live off of cold cuts, tuna, and matzah pizza for a few days. Not that there’s…