{95 recipes!} Pesach roundup 2015

By | March 25, 2015

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Congratulations to Cara and Sharyn, the winners of the giveaway for The New Passover Menu! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Hi there, 95 Pesach recipes. I’m still mostly in denial that I’ll need you soon. I’m still trying to finish the last 30 pages of that book I’m proofreading. I’m still juggling work with, I don’t know, between 10 and 13 hours a day with the kids. I’m still at the “haven’t started yet at ALL” stage of my cleaning. Hmm.

For all of you who are more on top of your game than I am, I’ve officially updated my annual Pesach roundup to include all of the Pesach-friendly foods I shared here since this time last year. There are additions all over the list, and I hope you find what you’re looking for to make your menu pop.

For more ideas, browse my full Pesach menus from 2014, 2013, and 2012. Good luck with the yom tov prep!

Disclaimer: You know your family’s minhagim better than I do! Please check any recipe you’d like to use to make sure it’s in line with the way you cook for Pesach. In case of doubt, always check with your rav.

cream-cheese-11.jpgAppetizers, Dips & Nice Little Tricks

 matzah-ball-soup-1a.jpgSoups

honey-balsamic-tomato-salad-1.jpgSalads, Dressings & Croutons

veg-meatballs-1.jpgSide Dishes (pareve)

carrot-feta-latkes-1.jpgLatkes, etc.

matzah-mac-cheese-1.jpgFish & Dairy

pesach-blintzes-6.jpgBreakfast & Brunch

amaretto-truffles-6.jpgDesserts & Snacks

grape-granita-1.jpgDrinks & Things

Cookbook Review & Giveaway (2 winners!): The New Passover Menu {CONTEST CLOSED}

By | March 16, 2015

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Want some help planning your Pesach menu? There’s nothing like a gorgeous new cookbook to inspire your cooking (and cleaning)! Read on and scroll all the way down to enter this giveaway for your chance to win a copy of The New Passover Menu!

The basics

The New Passover Menu is Paula Shoyer’s third book, and the first one with savory recipes (you might know her from her other works, The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker). The book’s 65 recipes are organized into eight holiday menus, plus sections on brunch and dessert. The layout is crisp, clean, and very reader-friendly.

The writing

The recipes are not only easy to follow, they’re quite thorough, as each is headed by not only the yield, prep time, and cook time, but also how to prepare it in advance and what equipment will be needed — a nice touch for a Pesach cookbook, since many people have pared-down Pesach kitchens. Thanks to the inclusion of Paula’s personal Pesach memories, even the introductory sections are fun to read.

One thing to note, though, is that because the recipes are organized by menu, you’ll have to do some skimming if you’re looking for something specific: side dish, soup, etc.

Photography

The photography makes this book really beautiful and classy. You won’t turn a page without finding a professionally styled image of some size, and some dishes are even featured in more than one photo. The seder plates and tablescapes used in the photos are a special variety of eye candy.

Recipes I’ve tried from this book:

  • Gratin dauphinois (i.e. sliced potatoes cooked in heavy cream)
  • Crumb cake muffins

Some recipes I can’t wait to try:

  • Caramelized onion and sweet potato soup
  • Zucchini basil soup
  • Potato gnocchi with pink sauce

Who would enjoy this book?

Well, anyone making Pesach, for starters. Seriously, though, there’s a nice variety of dishes here. Only 10 of the 65 recipes are meat/chicken, so there’s what to eat for a vegetarian. And for those who don’t eat gebrokts, a minority of the recipes fall into that category. If you don’t like to patchke, you might be disappointed with the dessert chapter, though. Several of the 15 desserts have lengthy directions and involve multiple steps.

Who wants to win?

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post that answers this question: What is one thing you’d like to add to your Pesach kitchen? Limit one entry per person.

Bonus (optional) entry: Subscribe to More Quiche, Please and then leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you did. (If you leave a single comment answering the question above and saying that you subscribed, I will have to count it as one entry only.) Limit one bonus entry per person.

To subscribe, just click the link under the words “Subscribe to More Quiche, Please” that can be found on the upper right side of any page on the blog (and then follow the directions that come up on the screen). If you already subscribe, just leave a separate comment to let me know.

The giveaway ends at midnight EST on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Time is short because I want the winners to get their books in time! TWO winners will be chosen via random.org and notified by email. (If you’re related to me, I’m sorry, but you are not eligible for this contest. Come for dinner instead!) The cookbook prize can be shipped to the U.S. and Canada.

If you just want to buy the book, you can do that right here on Amazon. If you buy it through that link or any of the other Amazon links in this post, a (very) small portion of your purchase supports More Quiche, Please. Thank you! 

Disclaimer: Sterling Publishing is sponsoring this giveaway and provided me with a review copy of the book but as always, my opinions are my own.

Chocolate chip oat squares

By | February 27, 2015

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Two months ago, though it feels like two years ago, a friend all the way out yonder in Jerusalem sent me a care package of fresh rolls that I swallowed on the spot and these chocolate chip oat squares, which I saved for the next day and did not at all share. I got the recipe from her and made them as part of a meal for a neighbor who had a baby. Then my husband made a batch for us. Then I made, like, seven more batches for us over the course of the next seven weeks. It was rather intense, but I had a mission: I wanted to see just how little sugar I could get away with using.

This, my final version, is based on the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, but there’s a lot less sugar and a lot less chocolate and it still tastes awesome. Oh, and I double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 so there’s enough to go around. Yes, there are only two people in this house who eat dessert, and yes, we need a 9×13.

Anyway, if you want to include homemade baked goods in your mishloach manot, but you don’t have the time or energy to patchke, these chocolate chip oat squares are just what you need. Happy Purim prepping!

Menu Plan: Week of Feb. 22, 2015

By | February 22, 2015

Sorry about last week, everyone. Things were intense for me with work (three deadlines in the span of a couple days, gah) and by Monday I’d given up completely on posting anything. This week should be more manageable, though, and I’m dying to share some of the things I’ve been cooking recently with you. There’s a new rice dish that’s easy and yum, a cheesy pasta bake that I could eat every day, and a simple dessert that I’ve been making over and over, with less sugar each time.

Also, happy Adar! If you’re making pizza this week, check out my post on jumbo pizza hamentaschen to make your meal Purim-themed with virtually no extra effort.