Calzones Made with
Red Star Platinum Yeast
When hearing the word calzone, we used to think complicated, long, and difficult. But no more. This simple to make, delicious calzone dough recipe is a good make-ahead and freeze option. What a scrumptious possibility for weekday meals. They can be filled with meat, vegetarian or dairy ingredients. Just pop the filled calzones in the freezer – and they are ready to bake when you are ready. For a versatile calzone, try Simone Greenbaum's calzone recipe from the KosherEye Red Star Platinum Recipe Competition.
Heering Triple Dream No Bake Dessert
Mixologists use Peter F. Heering liqueurs in many favorite new and classic cocktails including the legendary Singapore Sling, a drink born in 1919 in Singapore's Raffles hotel. Of course, we enjoy sipping Heering liqueurs, (both cherry and coffee flavors), but are also inclined to whip up Heering infused desserts-- like our newest creation, The Triple Dream No Bake Layer Cake. The most difficult part of this dessert is not the creating, but resisting eating seconds. O.K. ... and thirds!
June Hersh Makes Grandma Martha's Matzo Ball Soup
June Hersh, food lecturer, culinary expert and author of the cookbook "The Kosher Carnivore," shared a live on-air recipe with TV anchor Sukanya Krishnan on PIX11 (New York City). For many, this soup is a weekly staple not just for Passover, but year-round. According to June, "There's actually some scientific explanation of why chicken soup has medicinal powers, but for me, it's all about the taste". This outstanding recipe, Matzo Ball Soup by Grandma Martha, was shared by restaurateurs Eric and Bruce Bromberg, and actually IS from their Grandma Martha. The recipe includes her "ethereal matzo balls". Watch the video and get the recipe for authentic, Passover friendly matzoh ball soup.
Seder Day Food Dilemma
10 Matzo-Free Suggestions
Most Rabbis agree that after sunrise on the first Seder day, and until the Seder begins, the halacha (Jewish law) is that one must not consume any baked matzo or matzo meal products. So, the question is what should we eat – NO chometz, No matzo products?
We present some ideas from our readers, and for our readers. Of course, keep in mind that kosher for Passover products should be used.
Fish or chicken schnitzel made with potato starch
Blintzes or filled crepes made with potato starch
Chicken, beef or vegetarian cholent
Chopped liver, chopped egg salad, tuna salad, white fish
Salads with dressing
French fries, cheese fries
Loaded baked potatoes
Fruits, ice cream, yogurt
We have recently discovered kosher for Passover gluten free Lieber's Yum Yum Crackers—looks like crackers, tastes like crackers but made with no matzo products. These will work perfectly for Seder day.
Matzolah Brei Pancakes
Matzolah was born as a family favorite, nurtured over a ten-year period and finally brought to market for Passover 2013 by Wayne Silverman. It is a labor of love, created from an old Silverman family recipe. Wayne shared his perfect-for-breakfast Matzolah Brei Pancake recipe with KosherEye. It is Passover friendly and year-round delicious.
Reader Seth Belkin embarked on a culinary mission to create the perfect Passover ketchup. He developed it last Passover, and liked it so much that he is making it again this year. Thank you Seth for sharing this DIY ketchup recipe with KosherEye readers. And, dear readers, if you do make this recipe, do let us know how you enjoy it.
The Kafra Haggadah
The Haggadah is the centerpiece of every Passover Seder. Some of the richest artistic treasures of the Jewish people are found in the illustrations of the classic illuminated manuscripts of the Passover Haggadah, some dating back to the medieval period.
Our friend, Estee Kafra, cookbook author, and co-founder of KosherScoop.com has just brought to our attention that her great grandmother Fradel Kahan-Frankl and Fradel's son, Moshe Tzvi, Estee's grandfather, illustrated a magnificent Haggadah, known as the Kafra Haggadah, one that is said to have "dazzling imagery, breathtaking calligraphy and lavish ornamentation combining to create a visually stunning masterpiece in the realm of illuminated Haggados".
The Kafra Haggadah follows in the traditions of the classic illuminated Haggadahs. However, instead of being produced by unknown Jewish artists during the Renaissance, it was produced in Budapest, Hungary through an intense, year-long artistic collaboration between Fradel Kahan-Frankl and her son Moshe Tzvi. The name Kafra (Estee's name) is actually composite of the hyphenated last name.
The Kafras felt the need to create the Haggadah because of a disturbing experience. One day, Fradel and Moshe Tzvi decided to visit the Budapest museum to view the illuminated Kaufmann Haggadah, (14th century, Catalonia) but they were turned away. All efforts and entreaties to view the Haggadah proved futile. Frustrated, they decided that they could produce their own illuminated Haggadah in the classic medieval style.
And thus the Kafra Haggadah was born. Working on 24-inch by 12- inch panels, Moshe Tzvi wrote the text of the Haggadah in a very elegant and stylized form of the traditional calligraphic letters used for holy scrolls. Fradel painted elaborate decorative frames for the pages. She also added artistic adornments to the initial letters and painted many miniature representations of the dramatic scenes described in the text as well as some full page illustrations. The work continued for an entire year, which she often described as one of the happiest times of her life.
The family left Hungary after the war, and The Kafra Haggadah was published in 1947 by Philip Feldheim Publishing Company, then located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
In 2011, the family decided to release new edition, which, because of advances in printing technology, is even more vibrant than the first.
Fradel Kahan-Frankl passed away many years ago, but Moshe Tzvi survives her. The new edition is the gift of the family to their beloved grandfather. May he live to enjoy it for many years to come.
For more information or to buy the Haggadah, click here.
Passover Coloring Page
From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a Passover Coloring page for the kids. This year Ann has created Passover Finger Puppets as the coloring page -– she has included instructions on how to use the paper finger puppets at your Seder to help tell the story of Passover. Just print the page and let your "little" artists create a masterpiece; they will have such fun! While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.
June Hersh - QVC Cooking Star
Mark your calendars to watch QVC Sunday, March 3. Cookbook author, food writer, lecturer and KosherEye friend – the talented June Hersh will be on their cooking show, "In The Kitchen with David", which airs 12PM to 3PM Eastern Time. The live broadcast will feature foods from June's first book, the bestseller, Recipes Remembered. For the first time, this bestselling book will be offered in a specially priced softcover version. Perfect for holiday gifts like Passover and Mother's Day. We'll be glued to our TV's, hope that you will too.
Red Star PLATINUM Yeast
Baking Entry - Charlotte's Challah
As we have previously posted, the recipes that were submitted for the Red Star PLATINUM Yeast Sampling/Baking contest were terrific. So many talented bakers out there - and each one submitted a picture attesting to the results of the product (and their own talents of course!) We have previously posted several of the recipes and promised to post more. So this week we are sharing Charlotte Orrin's recipe for Charlotte's Challah. The recipe produces 3 delicious looking challahs. Enjoy and thank you Charlotte for sharing your recipe with us.
Photo: Charlotte Orrin