Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Pesach 4 – Side Dishes

It is always nice to use local fruits and vegetables at this time of the year. Walking through the fruit and vegetable aisles in our local supermarkets, I noticed that the zucchini, both green and yellow, looked particularly appetizing at the moment. They are a perfect side dish for Passover, as if you are not a Sephardi Jew, you are not supposed to eat any legumes during Passover. That immediately eliminates all beans, peas, and peanuts from our Passover meals. Then there were those delicious and juicy grape tomatoes with their bright red coloring. Continue reading

Pesach Delights (3) Spicy Apricot Lemon Chicken


Spicy Apricot Lemon Chicken

Chicken is always a staple at our seder table or at least sometime during Pesach. It is nice to do something a little different with the chicken. This year we have available to us Antibiotic free and hormone free chicken from none other than  Every Pesach I get dried apricots and dates and usually I eat them as a snack. This year I decided to use them with my chicken, but I did not want the dish to be too sweet, so I also used fresh lemon juice to counteract the sweetness.   These ingredients combined with some fresh spices really gave rise to a tasty new chicken dish which I hope you will try this Pesach. I let the chicken marinade in the sauce overnight before I baked it. Continue reading

Pesach Delights – Ground Turkey and Eggplant Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce


Ground Turkey and Eggplant Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce

As you know I am into eggplant these days. I mentioned a while back that I will be using this versatile fruit in many recipes, and this is yet another example of how eggplant adds flavor, bulk and texture to another dish. Also, w are all so much more aware of our health these days, so I decided to make this meatloaf with ground turkey. I used the ground dark meat, but for those of you who are not turkey fans, you can also make this recipe with ground chicken or extra-lean ground beef.

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Pesach Delights – Brisket with Caramelized Onions in a Ginger Ale Sauce


It is hard to believe that yet another year has passed and that Passover is around the corner. Pesach is always the holiday that evokes in me an internal battle. It seems like so much hard work for just 8 days and yet it is supposed to be a time of cleansing, and liberation.  I try each year to focus harder on the spiritual uplifting message of Pesach rather than on the hard work that is involved in preparing for this holiday. Continue reading