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  • Happy Passover to you. My college roommate was non-observing but she shared her favorite Passover treats with our apartment – Manischewitz Chocolate Macaroons, matzo crackers with butter and salt. I haven’t seen her in 20 years but I always honor our time living together by searching out matzos. How about those marshmallows from Israel? Can’t beat those, either.

  • While I like the butter on matzos, I just never knew about the salt…My latest though, is whole wheat matzo with a little diet margarine (‘Brummel and Brown’), a little drizzled honey, and a some chopped walnuts (for the ‘Omega threes’, of course), and a sprinkling of cinnamon. WOW!
    By the by, the baby sweater is a “WOW”, too!
    Joyous Passover
    LoveDiane

  • Baby Meli says THANK YOU! I love how it turned out – the buttons are FABULOUS!
    Happy Passover to you and yours.

  • I just received the Knitter’s Book of Yarn yesterday and put that same sweater on my Next Project for the Baby list. The camel-colored one in the book is excellent, so not-babyish, but this blue one is beautiful, too. And finished in two days? How many times did your fingers catch fire?

  • Isn’t fried gefilte fish a little overkill? ๐Ÿ˜€ Kind of like a fried snickers bar.

  • Just got home from our annual matzoh fest (though the Maxwell House haggadah – I kid you not – I could do without).
    Two words: So. Full.

  • I love your adopted city, too. I tried to buy canned chocolate macaroons at Whole Foods in San Francisco, my adopted town. Pathetic. The stockist said they did not meet “their” quality standards. Huh? Then the guy questioned me about why it was so important for a *mohel* to watch over the baking … Our Seder was fairly short. I did not feel the urge to break out the needles during all the reclining. Happy Passover!

  • I love your adopted city, too. I tried to buy canned chocolate macaroons at Whole Foods in San Francisco, my adopted town. Pathetic. The stockist said they did not meet “their” quality standards. Huh? Then the guy questioned me about why it was so important for a *mohel* to watch over the baking … Our Seder was fairly short. I did not feel the urge to break out the needles during all the reclining. Happy Passover!

  • FRIED gefilte fish?! I have two words: Oy. Vey.
    Happy Pesach, and may all your gefilte fish be good!

  • Hag Sameach to you and yours, too. My husband is an ex-kibbutznik, from the kind of kibbutz that was extremely anti-religion. The kibbutz published its own Haggadah which is full of references to spring and short of references to a Supreme Being, and that is the one we use. Our half Irish/half Israeli kids adore the special foods – except gefilte fish. Fried, you say?

  • Just back from our Seder….loud, good food, lots of matze….and the instant Adir Hu was over (almost at the end of the seder….well past 9:00, everyone punchy), the kids all launched into a LOUD version of WHO KNOWS ONE THey didn’t wait for the leader to announce the next song….they just went with it! (See http://www.geocities.com/chezalaine/lyrics/j-pesach.html
    ), a counting song about Jewish History (in the getting longer every verse style of Hole in the Bottom of the Sea)…the traditional version is Echad Mi Yodea, but the kids get such a kick out of the English, we’ve taken to singing (shouting) it in English, then doing just the last verse in Hebrew (or is it Aramaic?) I was so proud…all 7 of the kids knew it all by heart….our family tends to sing all the verses of all the songs…it’s a blast! I just love Passover, it’s our favorite holiday!

  • Last night’s seder at Esther and Roger’s ended with a rousing rendition of “There’s No Seder Like Our Seder” sung to the tune of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
    Here ya go: http://holidays.juda.com/passover-songs.shtml
    You can thank me later . . .

  • Guess what I learned this year, after many, many yeasr of living in the western suburbs of Chicago where there are very few Jews and almost no Passover stuff in the markets? (I envy your selection). You can turn matzo meal in matzo cake meal by whirring it in the blender.
    Who knew??

  • The square buttons are perfect for this sweater with it’s checkerboard pattern. No matter when they are sewn on!

  • I never thought my worlds would meld so seamlessly, but seeing Dayenu applied to knitting seals the deal. Chag Sameach to you and your family. Off to watch “The Ten Commandments” which is our post-second night tradition.

  • I love that cottony sweater with those buttons. Sort of matzoh like, are they? A passover cardi, how timely!

  • Lynn, my grandparents in Florida used to use the Maxwell House hagaddah. My mother, on the other hand, thinking of the many young boys running around her house this year found a “30 minute Seder” on the internet. If it weren’t for everyone chiming in to make it 3 hours, it would have been perfect!!!
    Love the sweater.

  • Chag Sameach! As someone who either has to mail order all the pesach food—or drive 70+ miles to Nashville to hunt for it, I am jealous of your butcher, your grocery stores, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the baby sweater!

  • I’m not Jewish, but I love Matzoh and the Kedem grape juice. My friends all make hamentashen (which I am sure I just spelled horribly wrong), which I help eat happily.
    (And fried gefilte fish is very frightening to this vegetarian)

  • We didn’t finish until nearly midnight on the second night… mostly due to table-pounding versions of Chad Gadya and all your passover favorites. You can find matzah in Ukiah, CA… but you may not be able to find more eggs. “Can you stop for a couple dozen eggs before you come out?” (Our seder was out in the boonies.) “We just sent 3 dozen eggs an hour ago.” “They’re gone.” 1 meal. 20 people. By my calculation, 64 eggs consumed.
    Oh, and my passover also involved a sheep shearing, bringing in the necessary fiber content.

  • “Kosher-for-Passover STYLE”…yes! I sort of keep the style for the whole eight days (separate milk and meat, no bread &c). At our seder (with friends, every year) Dave had a TWO-MINUTE seder! It includes things like “warm the soup here”…and was very funny. We did our usual long-ish one, though, it’s TRADITION! I LOVE me the Maxwell House Haggadah, but theirs is newer – it has TWO lists of plagues. We don’t waste wine on the new ones (prejudice, homelessness &c) but get into the Good Old Plagues with pleasure. This year the “child” who opened the door for Eliyahu was my 42-year-old daughter. Oy. But yes, Chag Sameach to you and to ALL!
    Oh – there’s the 10-second Seder (also known as the “Entire History of the Jewish People)….it goes like this:
    They tried to kill us. They failed. Let’s eat.

  • Happy Passover! But the children didn’t pass over, it was the Angel of Death passing over the houses of the Israelites, smiting only the first born of the Egyptians. We had a women’s seder (I was at a women’s retreat) and it was cool. We opened the door for Moses’ sister, Miriam!

  • We had a Seder dinner last year because Gourmet Magazine had a great menu. And we believe in the Old Testament. My 8 year old LOVED it! We didn’t do the whole shebang this year, but we did have Matzo ball soup and lamb for dinner, and we had one happy boy!

  • Chag Sameach. Ann should shep naches on the sweater.

  • I’m the “non” from Idaho who has been learning to “do” Passover for 25 years now. What saved me was finding the recipe for Passover popovers. They make school lunches much easier and they taste great! If you don’t have the recipe – they are so easy to make – I’ll send it to you. I call it the Minneapolis Passover recipe because I received it from 2 different people who were given it by their mothers-in-law from Minneapolis.
    It’s sorta mute this year as there is a shortage of matzo in the SF Bay Area. We found 2 boxes 2 weeks ago and that is it.

  • OK PJ, I want the Passover popovers. I love Matzoh for the first 2 or 3 days, then I go on bread withdrawal, so anything that seems more “normal” sounds great to me.

  • What an adorable little sweater! I am looking at baby knits differently now since my niece was born.

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