Posts Tagged ‘Jewish’

Matzo does Passover!

April 13, 2009

I consider myself to be more of a cultural Jew than a religious one. Because of this, some find it surprising that I love Passover. I go all out eating only matzo, no meat with milk, no pork, no shellfish, no random grains that were banned because my people might get them confused with other forbidden grains (*cough* rice *cough*).  Anyway, what I really love about Passover are the stories. There are Plagues! Darkness! Disease! Killing first borns! Pissed off G-d! Awesome!

Plus, even though I haven’t been home for Seder in 3 years (this year being the first year I haven’t done one at all), eating the food is a way for me to get back to my roots and remember my family. So, I would like to dedicate this post to my Grandpa, who always hid the afikomen and may or may not have given me more hints than my cousins; and my Dad, while not a Jew, dove in head first into tradition and made Seder more fun (including singing Freak Nasty’s “Da Dip” chorus during the part where you dip parsley into salt water. “You put your hand up on my hip, when I dip, you dip, we dip!”). So, Grandpa and Dad – this is for you!

Mmmm Schmaltz!

Mmmm Schmaltz!

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Holla! for Challah

October 13, 2008

Alternate post title: This Challah is JAMming!

Finished Challah without sesame seeds

Finished Challah without sesame seeds

My coworker, Ariel, started her own food blog, This Food is My JAM, within a month of Rice and myself. We didn’t even know about each others’ until about a week ago. This is irrefutable evidence that Ariel is awesome. After that discovery, we were chatting about what we like to make. I love baking bread, but all of my Challahs, the cornerstone of non-Passover-friendly Jewish baked goods, sucked. Ariel had just baked an awesome Challah and was gracious enough to share the recipe.

This turned out pretty spectacular. Challah makes for tasty sandwiches and is great by itself or with some butter or jelly. It makes AMAZING french toast. The egginess makes it delicious.

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