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  • I, too make Mrs. Feinbergs vegetable kugel! And Arthur Schwartz has a great apple cake for Passover.

    My father used to say all this cleaning is really spring cleaning. All I know is I’m exhausted and I haven’t knit or sewn in days!

    My pot of chicken soup is huge and shared with friends who love knaidlach. Still have to make a matzo kugel.

    Have a zizzeh Pesach!

  • Wish you all a zissen pesach

  • Happy Passover!

  • Such a rich and heartfelt post! Especially enjoyable was the film on the definition of balabusta.

    I, too, did not understand the first time I saw a kitchen covered with aluminum foil. I was a home care therapist working in Rockland County. One of the ladies I was treating had her home health aide assist her in this process. I subsequently was educated in same.

    Almost as exciting for me as the picture of Olive, was seeing the Gourmet Magazine. My mom liked that publication. I took it for granted growing up, never thinking that someday it would be no more.

    Kay, perhaps you would be able to scan your cherished Passover recipes (or type them) and send them in an email to yourself to keep. This way, they will not be lost (especially the dark chocolate ground almond cake with coffee icing–yum!).

    Wishing all who observe a Happy Passover!


  • I was intrigued by the cake recipe but also confused – how can you add 11 Tbs of sugar from an ingredient list that only calls for 1/4 cup. Is this a typo?
    Happy Passover and enjoy that cake!

    • I checked other versions of this recipe online, and it looks like it should be 3/4 cup sugar in the ingredient list.

      • Thank you!

      • 11 tbsp is nearly 3/4 of a cup – just one TBSP shy! 🙂

  • Happy Pesach, Kay! I miss my bubbie’s homemade gefilte fish at times like these.

    Now, off to check out that delicious-sounding chocolate cake!

  • What a wonderful post! This Iowa Dane loves challah. Happy Passover!

  • Thanks! You’ve inspired me for next year. Wishing you a peaceful, stimulating holiday.

  • Peaceful Passover ????!

  • Born and raised Jewish and still don’t get the flour/matzo thing. Just another irrational ritual. Envious of the made-from-scratch gefilte fish! Things have improved in the dessert arena since my childhood; all we had then were crappy macaroons and awful matzo-meal brownie mixes. This is a recent fave; wish someone had invented it when I was a kid. http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/04/chocolate-toffee-matzo-crack.html

  • Happy Passover!

    (Email is a blessing and a curse! I have stopped receiving the emails -most likely because I inadvertently clicked on the notify me of follow up comments. In my effort to change this, I think that I have blocked everything. So working to figure that out.)

    Happy Celebration and eating!

  • Lovely post. Thanks.

  • The chicken recipe was my mom’s standard for many occasions, as it reheats well, good for when the company is late, or you don’t know exactly when they arriving.
    We called it “sticky chicken”. I always thought of it as one of those recipes that got passed around, like a simple hat pattern.
    Nice to see that Joan Nathan likes it, too!
    Meringues are our Passover cookie- Beat 2 egg whites til stiff, add 2/3 cup sugar, then fold in a cup of chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Put in pre heated (375)oven, count to 20, turn oven off and ignore for at least 8 hours. Yummy…
    Happy Passover to all!

  • Thank you for this post and recipe links. I need to try that chicken! Catholic here but my mother’s best friend was Jewish and we got a glimpse of some of the sacred celebrations. Miss her too! Wish you and your a joyous Passover.

  • I am thrilled & honored to be called a Balabusta by such a Balabusta.

    I will miss your Seder this year but will try to stop by for the Goat Song contest (I’ll let you explain that one) and to try that cake.

    Chang Sameach to all!!

    PS- I thought we wear black every day here in NYC

  • Happy Pesach to you, Kay! Also I’m bookmarking the apricot chicken.

    My Nebraska ancestors and my Yiddish ancestors (not the same group of people) salute you.

  • Good Pesach!!!

    Cannot hang with Gefilte fish. Bring on the everything matzoh, though.

  • I was raised a Texan protestant and did not know what a bagel was until my mom married my stepdad. He prepped me beautifully for all the Jews that would eventually count themselves as dearest of family and friends. Now, can I please have some of that cake? Happy Passover!!

  • Once again an outstanding post. Thank you!

  • Happy Passover! I was in charge once of bringing an appropriate dessert to a Passover seder. It necessitated the purchase of a springform pan! A delicious chocolate cake from Martha with a chocolate espresso sauce over the top, yum. And lots and lots of egg whites. And don’t forget the wine!

  • Maybe next year Chametz Patrol?

  • I’ve been making that same Joan Nathan kugel since I married a nice Jewish boy back in the 80’s. It’s a great recipie, but since we all like the crunchy bits best, I started cooking it in muffin tins instead. Crunchy on the edges, dense and moist inside. Yum!

  • Some spring many years ago, probably in the ’90s, Bon Appétit (I think – unless it was Gourmet?) ran a big glamorous spread on a Sephardic menu for Passover. Does this jog anyone’s memory? I would recommend this to you all, but can’t find the issue on my shelves to give further details. Well worth a search on the BA website, though!

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  • I’m bringing haroset for 45 (17 of those under the age of 8) to a seder tomorrow. Any suggestions?

  • My sister and I just made Joan Nathan cookies that made it to the our top ten favorite cookie recipe list — my mother is taking them to her Christmas cookie exchange party next year, they were so good. I made them because they are gluten free, and I think the recipe was published in the NYT that way, but what a perfect Seder cookie!! Almond Lemon Macaroons (Almendrados). I did double the lemon.

  • Thanks Kay! Rest info! But I must admit I shocked, yes shocked that you use a matzah ball mix!? And it works???? That’s the truly shocking. I have a great recipe for matzah ball from an old package of matza meal — it’s a different recipe now. So I can show you matzah balls & you can help me choose colors for another Color Affection & a Breathing Space sweater.

    Next year with color-filled handknits!

    Btw, 24 hour soup? Why? What? How?!

  • I forgot to mention Apricot Chicken in my comment above, which was a staple of my childhood. Instead of a fresh onion, my mother’s recipe called for a bag of Lipton’s Onion Soup sprinkled on top. It must wreck the recipe for a Seder, but it tastes great.

    • My Mom is still a great proponent of the Lipton’s Onion Soup mix–the universal seasoning!

  • Zissen pesach to you all. Enjoy the cake. I think my mom may have made that when I was a kid too. I’ll have to check.

  • Wonderful post! Enjoyed it so much.
    Happy Passover!

  • Thank God I haven’t thrown out any of my Gourmet mags. We always make almond cake with fruit and whipped cream. Adding chocolate sauce might be just the thing!
    Thanks for the inspiration! Oh and Rabbi Nachman’s brisket in New Basics Cookbook. (Rosso & Lukins)
    So 90s.
    Zissen Pesach! NinaZ in Forestville, CA

  • Happy Passover! Reminds me of Christmas and the potential for a happy mix of stress from so much prep, special food and then extended visits with family and friends. Of course the alumimum foil process is different: make starts or some such and get it on the tree.


  • I am the descendent of Danes, but why oh why didn’t I get the hard-scrubbing gene? My floors are lucky in they get vacuumed, let alone washed. I do, however, love fish. All kinds of it, even the stuff that grosses most people out like sardines and herring. So I did get one good gene from my ancestors!

  • Wow, that Seder plate is the same as ours. I married in too. Chicken soup is on the hob now.

  • I love traditions!!! We are gearing up for Orthodox Easter next weekend.

    Happy Pesach Kay! xoxo

  • Great article! Enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  • Veeerrry Innnnterrrresting!!!

  • Olive, as always, looks stunning. I am not going to let my Yorkie see her picture, or she will wonder why I did not coordinate my living room furniture to match her.

  • Let’s hear it for convenience!!! The Apricot chicken recipe will be very popular at my house. Happy Passover and happy spring to everyone.

  • Mrs. Feinberg’s vegetable was a big hit tonight as was the brisket. We usually prepare a vegetarian main course but I could not resist the brisket this year. Our house smells like home- and the chicken soup tastes just like to soup my grandmother made. Happy Pesach to all.

  • Chag Sameach Pesach!

  • Reading this ‘the morning after’ standing in my kitchen and cooking all day, table and counters covered, pots in rubbermaid tubs, sweeping the floor multiplied times a day (the crumbs!) Every year I call all the prep Passover Purgatory
    It seems we share the same cookbooks (Joan Nathan!) and Seder Plate (though this year we used the Lenox one) … and I make Mrs. Feinberg’s kugel for Rosh HaShanah as well (and make it without sugar for the Husbeast)
    I do not make gefilte fish (I can still remember the smell filling the house when my mother did) … but find I make the same recipes she did (tradition? memories?)
    Wishing you and yours a Zizzeh Pesach.

    does Olive eat matzoh crumbs?

  • A zisunt pesach MDK

  • Happy Passover to you too. I’ve had to add a few gluten free passover recipes for my daughter. These new traditions make for wonderful holiday memories.

  • Does that mean I not qualified as a knitter yet? I guess I have to be consoled with the Balabusta title.

  • I like my matzoh balls from scratch better than from the box. My favorite Passover story was when some friends and I-we were all college students or student spouses-were trying to make Passover in Salt Lake City, which wasn’t too easy in 1972ish, and we got a box of mix for matzoh balls that said Kosher for Passover but it had baking powder in it. Isn’t that leavening? But is also said “Approved by the Orthodox Rabbinate of Chaifa”, and one of our Israeli friends said that made it for sure all right. !?!?!?!?! The recipe I really wish I had would be my high school best friend’s Grandma Soltz’ beet compote. That was some kind of good. And I recommend to you this chocolate cake recipe:https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipes/flourless-chocolate-cake-recipe So much fun to make, what with melting the chocolate in the microwave. Also, no nuts. Anyway, I can’t wait to try the vegetable kugel, and that would be all my thoughts about Passover food.