Hello dear readers, As you all know, pesach is coming up. I always find that right after Purim ends, the stress starts to creep on you. On the logistical scale, it’s travel plans and coordinating with family and figuring out who we’re inviting for seders (or who’s inviting us). Inside the house, it’s the cleaning, ...

Hello dear readers, Some of you may be staying home for pesach this year. And you know what? Staycations can be fun, too! Sleeping in your own bed, going to your own shul, not having to worry about changing your electrical plugs (if you’re going overseas that is). But if you are going away for ...

Hello dear readers, So you’ve decided to book a kosher pesach vacation. Congratulations! Much like the ancient Israelites, you’ve made the wise and courageous decision to leave home and take your family to leave the mundane world behind! (At least for a week or two). Whether it’s to Florida, Arizona, Italy or somewhere else (thanks ...

Hello dear readers, Planning food for pesach can be a lot of effort. One tricky and underrated part of the food planning, though, is the meals right before pesach starts. I can’t be the only one who’s had the experience of koshering my entire kitchen in the days leading up to the seders, only for ...

Hello dear readers, Right now I’m working on a few new Passover dessert recipes, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a little something about the seders’ real dessert: the afikoman! Of course, at my seders I always serve fresh fruit and a pesach “cake” after the meal is over, but the absolute last ...

Hello dear readers, Pesach is the festival of freedom, zman cherutenu. Sometimes, though, Pesach can feel anything but freeing. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in my kitchen, preparing meals to feed a small army of family, houseguests, visitors, friends, friends-of-friends, friends-of-friends-of-friends, acquaintances, and the hungry guy off the street who’s in the mood for ...

Hello dear readers, Yesterday I was looking at a beautiful watercolor painting of a desert that my daughter Ronit made in art class. (Also, is it weird to make a watercolor of a waterless desert?) For some reason it got me thinking about the connection between the desert and the holiday of Pesach. I know ...

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Hello dear readers, Our grand sukkot vacation is rapidly approaching, and I’m so excited! We haven’t been to Europe in years, so I’m making sure to do all of my research well in advance! Our sukkot hotel is located in Tuscany, so I’m looking at travel arrangements for all the classic places in Italy: Rome, ...