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Passover FAQs

My daughter is flying out from California to join us for the first Seder.  Her boyfriend is unable to attend, so since Older Son is bringing his girlfriend, she asked if she could bring her girlfriend as well.  Seders aren't fun unless you have more people than plates and the young kids have to eat in the kitchen, so I said of course. 

Later I received an urgent email from said daughter asking me to post info about Passover and the Seders because her friend isn't Jewish; she's just there for the brisket (yes, I will omit the soy sauce rather than buy the  pesadik imitation-style yucky stuff). 

Rather than bore you with oft-repeated info and other trivia, I'll just post links.  Oy! So many links you could plotz!

Peruse at your leisure.

Passover FAQs
Why No Bread for Passover?
All About Passover
Seder Q and A
The Passover Seder
Judaism 101:  Seder
Wikipedia: Seder Plate
 Chabad -- Hadaggah

Use Up Your Chometz, Pt. VII (Double Chocolate Brownie Pie)

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Today is my younger son's 17th birthday! Typical of a teenager, every time we asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he would just shrug his shoulders.  So hubby, who has the "luxury" of working from home, had the unenviable task of shopping for his birthday present today (I really thought the kid would at the last minute suddenly come up with something, but noooo....).   Then hubby had the unenviable task of having to return it because he inadvertently chose an online-only game, rather than one that can be played without the intertubes.  So after Hebrew High School, the two of them went off to Game-in-the-Box to find something suitably violent while I quickly made a batch of brownies.

Double Chocolate Brownie Pie is really a cheat.  I used the Hershey's Triple Chocolate Brownie Pie recipe from a  tattered and well-used1991 ad clipping, making just a few extremely minor changes:  omitting the nuts (younger son dislikes them), ice cream (gilding the lily) and cho…

Use Up Your Chometz, Pt. VI (Skirt Steak with Peanut Sauce)

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This is another very simple and easy recipe to whip up and out onto the dining table in the time it takes to make the rice.  Start up the water for the rice.  Unless you forget to make a vegetable (like I did -shush-!), the rice will be the last to finish.  And no remembering in advance to marinate the meat!  Woo-hoo!  Did I say this was easy?

Be sure to use low-sodium soy sauce.  The residual salt from the kashered meat, combined with the soy sauce will make a very salty meal. 

Here's a great tip:  use a scissors (one dedicated to food use, only!) to cut the scallions.  MUCH easier than  cutting with a knife.  I also use a scissors to finely "chop" fresh herbs and the like.

I used skirt steak (Oy! $19.99/lb.! Didn't it used to be a cheap cut?), but you can pretty much use whatever sliceable cut suits your family.  Or is on sale.

If you are not using a non-stick grill pan or skillet, add a tablespoon of veggie oil after pre-heating the pan, wait 10 seconds, then co…