Passover is just around the corner, bringing with it the annual challenge of what to prepare for the Seders and everyday Passover meals. The decision of what to serve each year is always a dilemma. I have several friends who are extremely organized. They keep copies of their menus in a special Passover file so they have a record of the dishes that their family and friends enjoy, along with comments like “Uncle Jack loves my sweet and sour meatballs, but cousin Sarah has decided to become a vegetarian!”
JUDY’S MATZAH SCHALAT
Third stop of the Magical Matzoh Progressive Passover Dinner Tour is Fullerton, California, at the home of Judy Kancigor. Judy is a cookbook author, columnist and cooking teacher. This month, Judy will demonstrate how to make an elegant variation of her Matzah Schalat, a delicious kugel-type pudding, at two upcoming cooking classes. This colourful dish comes from her nostalgic cookbook Melting Pot Memories. If you are interested in genealogy, you’ll love the stories, humour and recipes found in this wonderful book.
ETHEL’S PESACH-STUFFED TURKEY BREAST
First stop of the Magical Matzoh Progressive Passover Dinner Tour is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the home of Ethel Hofman. She is cookbook author extraordinaire, syndicated columnist and Kosher food consultant. Ethel has been my mentor and friend for nearly 20 years. We’ve shared many wonderful meals, food stories and culinary bits of wisdom over the years. She has been a special source of inspiration and encouragement.
SHEILAH KAUFMAN’S MEAT AND LEEK PATTIES
(Kifticas de Prassa, Keftikas de Puero)
Second stop of the Magical Matzoh Progressive Passover Dinner Tour is Potomac, Maryland, at the home of Sheilah Kaufman. Sheilah has authored 22 cookbooks and will have two new books out this year. She proudly says that “fearless, fussless, easy, elegant” cooking is her trademark. (This is also the name of one of her more popular books.) According to Sheilah, her recipes have to be able to be made ahead or frozen, with a short preparation time, and have to taste fabulous. She loves to share her recipes and love of cooking with friends and family. When she visited me a few years ago, she completely took over my kitchen and cheerfully prepared some of her scrumptious specialties for us. You can be sure that she will always be a welcome guest in my home!
A wonderful way to show your solidarity with Israel is by serving Israeli dishes to family and friends. Support Israel by thinking Israeli – enjoy hummus, falafel and pita bread. You can also serve grilled foods, otherwise known as mangal.
And don’t forget about the coffee! Israelis love good coffee. In coffee houses, they like to drink it served in porcelain cups with a piece of oogah (cake). Israelis seem to find any excuse to have coffee, so I was intrigued to find a recipe for Israeli Coffee Chicken submitted to www.jewishfood-list.com from Nancy Berry of California. It comes from Jewish Cooking Secrets from Here and Far.