Passover ties for my favorite holiday. Rosh Hashanah shares the top spot, but for different reasons. For those wondering, Thanksgiving is second. I love Rosh Hashanah because that’s where I reflect most on the past year and look ahead to the adventures ahead. I look forward to Passover every year because with it brings a delicious, leisurely meal, family, and a great discussion about how/if the story applies to our lives today.
One of my favorite memories of Passover is helping my mom make the charoset. Charoset is made with peanuts (or walnuts, pistachios, pecans), a variety of dried fruit, apples, sweet red wine and cinnamon. It’s supposed to symbolize the mortar that Jews used to build Pharaoh’s buildings. Now, back to the memory: to make the charoset, we would put the peanuts (or other buts) in a ziploc bag, place it on the floor and hammer the nuts until they were all broken up. We didn’t want crumbs, but chunks. To this day, I pour my peanuts into a bag and hammer away.
Passover Seder, ’10
- Welcome drink: Sangria
- Soup: Matzo Ball Soup (Matzo balls with parsley and chives)
- Seder Plate: Horseradish, Charosis, Parsley, Shank bone, Hard boiled eggs
- Dinner: Salmon with leeks in parchment paper. Potato gratin with goat cheese. Roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
- Dessert: Kotecki Krunch, plain and chocolate dipped Macaroons, fresh fruit, Lavender Honey Cheesecake with a Macaroon crust. Tea, coffee.
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