I just want start this post by saying that my heart goes out to the Spohrs who just lost their darling baby daughter Maddie. That is a parents nightmare. And I am so sorry for them. May they find some sort of peace and comfort in this nightmare-ridden time. And for all of you who are having a Seder tonight, please say a little extra prayer. Also, all over the internet right now, there are paypal buttons set up to take donations for the March of Dimes in honor of this precious little girl. Hereis where you can find more information as to how to donate in Maddie’s memory. Thank you.
That post from yesterday. The whole Passover thing and culture and tradition. Well I didn’t get to participate in any of it.
I’m sick. See me? I’m all Rudolph the red nosed Jew girl. And sore throat. And frowning. Only, I’m trying not to furrow my brows because that causes fine lines and at my age…they are very hard to combat. Sigh.
And to think, I SLAVED. All day. Just like the Jews of yesteryear. Only, I slaved over a hot oven NOT the hot Egyptian sun. Cooking matzo ball soup. And tzimmes. And kugel. NOT to build the great pyramids. For a Seder that I showed up to, only to leave because of feverish shivering, a sore throat and a bright Rudolph-like runny nose.
Instead of participating in the Seder. And shoveling copious amounts of constipating foods mixed with copious amounts of laxative type foods into my mouth. I was in my bed. With my laptop…of course. Twittering. Of course. And shivering. And blowing my nose.
So…due to the fact that I’m SICK. I don’t have much to post about. But that is lucky for you because…I have some Passover type recipes that you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy…
Let’s start with my Kugel. It’s outstanding. Trust me on this. I’m known for it. It’s the only reason I’m invited anywhere…
You can either use 1 1/2 BOXES of matzo OR 1 1/2 bags of large egg noodles. THAT is up to you.
If you are using matzo…run it under warm water…briefly. To get them wet enough to crunch up into bite sized pieces.
If you are using noodles…cook according to the package directions.
OK…here we go…
You will need:
dried apricots…diced no exact measurement
1 can crushed pineapple…juice drained
golden raisins around a cup or so…or none at all. depends on how you feel about raisins.
sugar…approx 1 cup.
butter…REAL butter…2 sticks…melted
cottage cheese…1 container
sour cream…1 container
Large metal bowl
lasagna sized baking dish
preheat oven to 350
How to make…
glop everything into the metal bowl.
mix well…I use my hands…it’s easier. First I wash them though. Especially when I have a runny nose because…it would be grody otherwise.
After everything is well glopped…
Dump into the baking dish.
Bake uncovered for around and hour or so. Until it starts getting lightly browned on top.
If you are using noodles…make sure not all the noodles have turned brown because…well…it just would look ugly.
Enjoy. You can eat it cold OR warm. It’s good either way. Personally, I could binge eat on it. Which is why I highly recommend the apricots in there. Dried fruit is the antidote to matzo.
And here is another yummy one…
All you need is a crockpot.
prunes…lots of them
short ribs…3-4 pounds
beans…prepared according to instructions on bag. or…just throw the dried ones in and pray they cook.
I used lima beans. I’ve also used Chorent which is a smattering of all types of beans. Either way…yum.
1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar.
some water in the crock pot so it will cook.
Ready…because this…is really difficult.
Toss it all into the crock pot.
Turn crock pot on high.
Wait around 4 or 5 hours…or if you have time, a little longer.
Enjoy the aroma of your home as the scents from the crock pot wafts throughout.
Maybe get some dusting and vacuuming in.
Catch up on T.V.
Viola. Before you know it, you’ve wasted a few hours BUT…dinner is ready!
From me. To you.
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