Simcha’s passover menu, part two: just the recipes

passover lucy

If you're here, it means you waded all the way through my last post. Good work!  Here's your food!Chicken soup (can be made ahead and frozen) In a very large pot, put one whole chicken, chicken parts, or chicken carcass. Do not include giblets. Add a quartered onion, 2-3 peeled carrots, a few sprigs of dill and a few sprigs of parsley. Cover, bring to a boil, cover loosely, and allow soup to simmer for many hours. Strain the soup with a colander and return the broth to … [Read more...]

Simcha’s favorite passover recipes that will have you schvitzing under the eyeballs

gefilte fish jar

In the past, I've written about the emotional and spiritual experience of celebrating the Passover seder as Hebrew Catholics.This year, I'd like to talk about what's really important: THE FOOD.We do not keep kosher, and we don't clean the house of chametz (leavened bread), and we don't follow the special, even stricter "kosher for Passover" rules. The foods we prepare for Passover are symbolic and nostalgic, as well as delicious; but I wouldn't serve them if we had a rabbi for a … [Read more...]

Next Year in Jerusalem

elijah four questions

Have you taught your children that, while Christmas is very important, it’s really Easter that’s the greatest feast of the year? Do they buy it?When I was little, this point of doctrine was obvious: All during Holy Week, my father could be heard practicing the Exsultet to chant at the Easter vigil, as my mother fried and ground up liver and onions in preparation for the Passover seder. The fragrant schmaltzy steam of the chicken soup, the palm leaves, bags of jelly beans for Easter Sunday and … [Read more...]

God Said “Gevalt”

plague nails

Are you a SCOIT (Suffering Catholic of Insulted Taste)? Have you white-knuckled your way through "Ashes" and "Hosea," and bitten your tongue as your PinterEst pals gush over empty tomb rolls?PIC empty tomb rolls. "Gather 'round, children, as I tell you a tale of a marshmallow named Jesus, who melted. Now eat His grave. EAT IT!"In the spirit of ecumenism, I would like to remind you that Christians by no means corner the market on ghastly religious kitsch bordering on blasphemy. As your … [Read more...]


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