January 27, 2015 / 7th of Shvat, 5775
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  • Scourtins_large
    Between this week’s running of the Boston Marathon and next week’s observance of Yom HaShoah, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of food in commemorating difficult—and oftentimes tragic—events. Food can mean comfort, like a homemade casserole delivered to a... Read More
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  • Muffinsgood_large
    On Passover, we are reminded that we are not just a member of our immediate family or one specific community; as Jews, we are members of a bigger family, with millions of brothers and sisters all over the world. Boston’s Jewish community extends all the way to the Ukraine, to a city... Read More
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    Every few years, Marathon Monday coincides with Passover. As Jews in Boston, this can cause a bit of a moral and culinary dilemma, from pre-run carbo-loading to marathon cheering beers to dinner in the North End following the Patriot’s Day Reenactment. So what are we marathon-loving Jews to... Read More
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  • Quinoa_cakes_large
    It’s easy to group quinoa in with chametz—that is, a list of five grains that are forbidden during Passover because they will leaven when they come in contact with water. But quinoa doesn’t explicitly fall into one of those five categories, and while its kosher-ness is hotly... Read More
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  • Matzah_brei_large
    The first time I ate matzah brei, I was in college and a friend was pouring maple syrup over a matzah-and-egg mixture that she swore was her favorite Passover dish. I was suspicious. I wasn’t averse to eating eggs and matzah, but I certainly wasn’t anticipating enjoying wet matzah.... Read More
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  • Cod_cakes_large
    I’ve made this cod cake recipe several times, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. But with bread used as the binder, it was prohibited for Passover. So instead of sandwich bread, I ground up a few pieces of matzah in the food processor and made my own “bread” crumbs. They... Read More
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  • Cookies_large
    Passover baking is not easy. You’re not allowed several important baking ingredients, including wheat flour. But since the popularity of gluten-free eating has hit an all-time high, there are alternatives available in every supermarket. This recipe uses one of those ingredients, potato... Read More
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  • Meatballs_large
    So Asian meatballs may not be a traditional Passover dish. But these are great on the days you just can’t have any more peanut butter matzah sandwiches. The flavor of this dish—thanks to the cilantro, basil and ginger—is far from anything you’re likely to eat during... Read More
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  • Peapuree_choseneats_large
    Happy first day of spring! My roommate, Catherine, and I were recently in an unusually nostalgic mood, recounting our favorite springtime memories. Mine were mostly about freshly cut softball fields and family walks around the neighborhood reservoir, but her most vivid memory was food-related.... Read More
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  • Hamantashen_large
    First there was Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. And this weekend, there are two more overlapping holidays: Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. So, St. Patrick’s Day may not be as universal a holiday as Thanksgiving, but a celebration is a celebration—especially when it includes an excuse... Read More
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