Seder Dinner Is All Ready

I WISH!So my kitchen might not be completely cleaned yet and my dinner might not be cooked yet, but on paper the meal is all ready.  It’s been a very busy three weeks moving, unpacking and getting settled in and on top of that, we have volunteered to host Seder this year.  Not only have we never hosted seder, but for the last eight years, we have moved into my parents house the day before Pesach and stayed for the entire holiday.  At least my mother will be over a lot today and tomorrow helping us cook.  So here goes our first seder and large dinner party (we will be 17 people) in the new house:

  • Three Layers Gefilte Fish Loaf (Salmon, Regular and Spinach)
  • Matzah Ball Soup
  • Charoset (standard, nothing fancy but made by my mother and kids every year)
  • Relish Tray
  • Grandma Anita’s Egg “Soup” (hard boiled eggs shredded into salt water…you can’t mess with tradition)
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Cranberry Relish (jellied cranberries, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges and frozen strawberries – I borrowed the recipe from a good friend’s sister)
  • Asparagus (blanched with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper)
  • Grandma Anita’s Tzimmis (Onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, flanken, honey and “the balls”.  My grandmother used to put a couple of onions in the food processor and pulverize them and then mix in eggs and matzo meal until it becomes the consistency of matzo ball mix. My mother spreads the mixture over the top of the tzimmis and then bakes it but I like to make balls and hide them throughout the tzimmis.  They soak up the juices from the flanken and melt in your mouth.)
  • Lemon and Herb Chicken (Several weeks ago I went to Costco and bought large packs of chicken thighs and drumsticks that have been in my freezer since and I picked up 4 chicken breasts with bones from the butcher this week.  Cooking the chicken pieces is more economical and much easier then having to carve several chickens at the table.)
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs (The sauce is 50/50 ketchup and ginger ale.)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Butterscotch Crunch Bars (thank you Susie Fishbein Kosher for Passover)
  • Chocolate Matzoh Farfel Clusters

The plan is to make enough to have plenty of leftovers throughout the week.  I have the rest of the holiday dinners mostly planned.  Check back on Monday to see what’s in store for us.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Pesach!

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