Kosher Cooking Carnival #29: Pre-Passover Edition

Welcome to the April 7, 2008 edition of kosher cooking carnival. Here are the previous editions: #1,#2,#3,#4,#5,#6,#7,#8,#9,#10,#11,#12,#13,#14,#15,#16,#17,#18, #19,#20,#21,KCCMetaCarnival,#22,#23,#24,#25,#26,#27.#28 Thanks to Batya for all of her hard work on the KCC. She will be hosting … [Read more...]

Coping with Summer Heat

Today the high in Tel Aviv is scheduled to be 36° Celsius, or about 97°. Those of you who are new to Israel might think that summer has started. But spring is still ahead of us, albeit interspersed with a few more chamsinim (hot, dry spells followed by a fierce wind sprinkling a thick layer of sand … [Read more...]

28th Kosher Cooking Carnival

The 28th Kosher Cooking Carnival- Dayenu edition is up at Frumhouse. I'll be hosting the next one on April 7, so get cooking! Topics will include Pesach recipes, Purim accomplishments and recipes for getting rid of hametz. And anything else relating to kosher cooking. You can submit your own posts … [Read more...]

Pesach Roundup

I plan on this being my last Pesach-related post. Thanks to a pre-Yom Tov discussion with our offspring, we enjoyed the last day of the holiday. Two out of our five guests actually showed up. On erev chag, I went around to the neighbors collecting potatoes, which they were happy to donate to the … [Read more...]


I seem to have surprised my readers with the fact that we don't eat gebrokt. Forgive me for a Pesach post after Pesach, because it reminds me a bit of stale matzah.In the mid to late 1700's, chassidim began observing the custom of not soaking matzah in water. The idea was that if any flour from the … [Read more...]

Pesach Menus

Dov Bear complained that the "women in his life" spend too much time worrying about the Pesach menu. So he made his own suggestions: First night: Steak, potatoes First day: Fish, Israeli Salad Second night: Steak, Israeli salad Second day: Fish, potatoes I thought it would be bad when I … [Read more...]

Unofficial Guide to Pesach Shopping in Israel

When my aunt first shopped for Pesach after making aliyah, she was excited by the huge assortment of kosher for Passover products. When Pesach was over, she learned that all those products contained kitniyot (legumes), which Ashkenazi (European) Jews avoid on Pesach. Israel has a much larger … [Read more...]

The Number One Reason for Making Aliyah

Having just finished two days of marathon eating and praying on Rosh Hashana, I am so grateful that we don't have to do this very often. So in honor of the new year, and to give chizuk (encouragement) to our struggling olim chadashim (new immigrants), here's a comparison of the holidays in Israel … [Read more...]