The Pesach Seder is a culmination of many things....weeks of cleaning, hours of cooking, more hours of shopping, days of having the kids home and bored.
But it's also the anniversary of our nationhood. It's the commemoration of our redemption from the seemingly endless exile of Egypt. And even if we are dropping with exhaustion, we get a second wind when the Seder begins. I attribute this yearly phenomenon to the sparkle in the children's eyes, the memories of all the sedorim of our youth, and the desire to create new memories that our children will cherish as they grow,.
It's that uniquely special night of the year, the Seder table adorned with a pristine white table cloth, the freshly polished silver glistening, everyone standing around in their new Yom Tov finery – and then, there’s the assorted gathering of pillow cases that always seem to look out of place. From the boys room the blue denim, from the girls room the pink floral, from the guestroom the brown paisley.....you get the idea!
So as I made my first Passover, I decided I would shop around and find matching white pillowcases to give my Seder a uniformed look. After running around to a number of stores (Marshalls, Target, T.J. Max etc, etc) I realized that there were really no white SHAMS available on the market. Thus began my idea to manufacture a uniformed, easy to care for (machine washable) , elegant Seder pillowcase .
A delicious dessert is just as important during Pesach as it is during the rest of the year, but who has the time (or energy) to do something dazzling? This year, you will- because these desserts look great and are incredibly simple to prepare.
Fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, cooked potatoes... It seems as if there are potatoes at every meal over Passover. Here is a way to add some color to your mashed potatoes, as well as a delicious combination of flavors.
Seating cards need not be reserved for formal occasions. Let your family and guests feel special knowing that there's a space at the table reserved just for them. These elegant place card holders are economical and easy to create. Use them at your own meal or give them as a gift to your hostess/mother/mother-in-law. Add a special sweet touch and present the frames along with preprinted cards of all the names of their children, grandchildren and guests that they will be hosting. They will surely love the pretty frames and the fact that the name cards are so easily interchangeable and can be used to for different guests at each meal. So treat them or yourself and enjoy a relaxed meal knowing that Great Aunt Bertha was seated in a place that will keep her and the rest of your company happy.
This Pesach treat has been a family tradition for at least three generations. Coming from a German/Ashkenaz background, this has always been our favorite Gebrokts dessert. (Actually, my sisters who married "non-brokters" always ask that we save them a piece for after Passover!) Matzah soaked in wine, layered with luscious, creamy chocolate.... this simple recipe is bound to become your family favorite as well.