Passover Recipes that Will Make Your Mama Say Oy!

Passover is one of those Jewish holidays that I absolutely love in theory yet totally hate in practice. On one hand, you get to eat delicious food with close friends and family while re-telling the story of the Jewish peoples epic flight for freedom in ancient Egypt. And there’s wine, a lot of wine. Four full glasses of wine to be exact that have to be fully drained before moving on to the next one. And when you are using an abridged Haggadah like I did, the gaps of time between each glass is infinitely shorter than they probably should be. On the other, you can’t anything made with flour which seriously limits your daily food intake. But hey, I get to drink four glasses of wine in one go. Can’t really complain with that.

However, Passover is more about drinking until we are too merry to realize that we are slathering our matzoh with horseradish and not butter. Its about celebrating our freedom from slavery. WOOT! Of course there is a whole lot more to the story than just that but I won’t bore you with the details. What you should do is go out and either watch the film, The Prince of Egypt (which is kick-ass) or that episode of the Rugrats. Both do an excellent job of re-telling the story of Passover in a fun and colorful, but also represent an awesome time in 1990s animation.

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The Prince of Egypt currently available on Netflix so do take advantage of the fact that it is out there for easy viewing. Just do not watch Dreamwork’s follow up film, Joseph, the King of Dreams. A cinematic master piece it is not!

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Also, I had a professor who was used as a historic consultant in the movie which only makes the film more awesome!

Now that I’ve skirted around the topic of explaining what Passover really is, I can get to the fun part of this post: THE FOOD!

Believe it or not, Passover is not all about stuffing our faces with matzoh for eight days. Personally, I like to think of Passover as one big epic food challenge. How many dishes can you come up with that do not include any leavening agents? As it turns out, not every Passover recipe has to be a matzoh sandwich with cheese. There are other options out there.

This year for Passover, I decided to try my hand at making something new, haroset. What’s that? It’s an apple based spread that we eat with matzoh. Most commonly, people make a sandwich of matzoh, haroset, and horseradish. At the same time, I absolutely needed to make my mom’s Passover friendly macaroons, a recipe that my sister freaked when she heard I had it memorized. Seriously, they are that good.

Hope you enjoy and happy Passover!

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Passover Macaroons

(Adapted from the always useful, The Joy of Cooking)

One 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 large egg white

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

A pinch of salt

One bag of shredded, sweetened coconut

1 bag of chocolate chips, either normal size or mini.

Preheat oven to 325. Mix everything together in a large bowl until 100% combined.

Break out the cookie sheets and line with parchment paper. Scoop tablespoon sized portions of the mixture onto the cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the coconut has toasted on top and the sides have browned.

My Own Haroset Recipe

3 Fuji apples, peeled and sliced

1 cup of chopped walnuts

1 cup of golden raisins

3 tablespoons of honey

1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (or however much you think is needed)

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/4 cup of either grape juice or a sweet red wine

Combine all together in a big bowl and chill until ready to serve.

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My Life in Boston Summarized into Bullet Points

So for those of you who have not yet noticed, I sort of disappeared slightly from the Blog-o-sphere during these past few months [7 if you have been counting]. And while I am not proud of my very long and unplanned hiatus, I realized last night that its high time for me to start blogging and baking again. At this time, I cannot say how frequently I will be updating this blog with recipes since I still am living on a student/shoestring budget, but I will try my hardest to post something here at least once or twice a week. Which brings us to today’s post.

What the hell have I been doing with my life since I last really posted something here?

While I could totally write out a very lengthy overview of my life in Boston thus far, I’ve decided to do you guys a favor and stick to bullets points. If you are super curious about the life of little old me, then you can wait for this blog to become a book, and then a movie with a star studded cast and an over the top budget. ‘Cause that apparently happens to blogs and bloggers these days. Ok, maybe the movie part is rare but the book thing does seem to happen quite frequently. Maybe if I play my cards right, I can get a TV show deal with the CW? Wouldn’t it be cool to see my life played out in a way that isn’t at all close to anything that actually represents reality? I can totally picture it now, Boston would become New York (’cause New York just sounds better than Boston)

Where I really live

Where I really live

Where I should be living

Where I should be living

My status as a student working towards a degree in both library and information science and history would be given the ax and instead, I’d be some twenty-something working in an independent bookstore or cafe, one where the owners are really hip, down to earth people, the kind that probably went to Woodstock or frequent Burning Man every year.

 

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Screw you education

 

Stories about shop girls make for better TV

Stories about shop girls make for better TV

Dream bosses that provide awesome comedic fodder

Dream bosses that provide awesome comedic fodder

And I’d have a cat, ’cause every TV show heroine needs a fluffy sidekick. Now all I need is three super awesome, yet different, best friends, a super rich and successful boyfriend that is way out of my league and BAM! TV brilliance. It’d be like Sex in the City meets Girls. Talk about an award wining idea!

Alright, I’ve stalled enough. Time to catch you up with my life!

  • I am almost done with my first year at Simmons and have ZERO regrets about deciding to pursue my dream of becoming a librarian
  • I now work at the Boston Public Library as a Gallery Attendant for a Map Gallery. On a daily basis, I help people with map-based questions and occasionally, get to write call #s on antique maps from the turn of the century. I’ve been here for less than three months so hopefully, the longer I get to spend here, the more stuff I will get to do
  • I’ve selected my eventual thesis paper topic: 1950s American food and consumerist culture and its impact on gender roles
  • I’m moving! Landlord wouldn’t let me renew my lease so I’m currently hunting for a new place. Hopefully one with larger kitchen that has windows in it
  • I have become something of a hard cider connoisseur. While other people I know freaking love beer (I just don’t get it?), I have started drinking my way through the world of fermented apple juice
  • My diet has dissolved down to essentially cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt. Clearly, I need to start cooking again
  • I can bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies in about an hour now (a personal achievement)
  • I’ve become a big fan of board games
  • I’ve visited one of Harvard’s special libraries and have officially come into physical contact with the letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto!
  • And finally, I’ve tasted sausage for the first time and now totally love it.

So there you have it, my life in bullet points. True it is not nearly as interesting as the life my fictional counterpart probably would have, but I would not trade it for a thing!

Catch y’all later!

Making a Comeback

That’s right, I’m coming back!!!!!!!!

After a very long and unexpected hiatus, I have decided that its time to start baking and rambling again. So much has changed since I last ranted to the world about the woes of being a would-be librarian in Boston and I cannot wait to share it all with you.

*Things to expect from the new and hopefully more timely foodie librarian*

More recipes

More rants

More ABSOLUTE RANDOM AWESOMENESS!!

The semester is coming to an end and my summer schedule has a big black hole of nothingness that is desperate need to be filled.

Get your whisks and wooden spoons ready,

IMA COMING BACK!