Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover!

Happy Passover to all of our Jewish friends.  In Hebrew, the words are not in complete order.

So, to impress your Jewish friends, you say Pesach Sameach.  That's pronounced "PAY-sock sah-MEY-akh" for your proper greeting.

As Christians celebrate Easter this weekend, our Jewish buds begin Passover, which runs March 30 - April 7.  Enjoy a Jewish take on Bruno Mars  "Uptown Funk" as you fill your cup with Manischewitz wine and your tummy with a matzo ball here.  

Below, if you want to dine with a fine seder to celebrate, you can read how, according to heavy.com:

  

The Seder plate is the focal point of the first part of the meal when the food rituals take place during the first two nights of Passover. You can use an ornate silver dish (as seen below), a ceramic platter or even a napkin. The Seder plate holds the ceremonial foods around which the Seder is based: matzo, the zeroa (shankbone), bitter herbs, egg, the charoset paste and karpas (vegetable).

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Ornate Seder plates such as these are beautiful, but not necessary. What is important are the foods on the plate, not the plate itself.

For more information on the Seder plate, check out chabad.org.

Try some Matzo ball soup

Matzo balls are easy to make, and you really have to choice but to make them in advance. Matzo balls need to be refrigerated for several hours before being boiled and added to your chicken soup broth. You can find a great, easy to make and absolutely delicious recipe for matzo ball soup here.

You will also need to make the broth well in advance which involves boiling the chicken, rendering the fat, chopping the carrots (optional) and so forth. While it takes a little bit of organization to get matzo ball soup done in advance, it’s not a particularly difficult dish to make, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.

How about dessert?

Do not be intimidated by the idea of flourless desserts. First of all, you are allowed to bake with almond flour, which opens up a multitude of delicious options. For example, Martha Stewart makes a fabulous apple cake that is completely acceptable to serve at the conclusion of your Seder.

Another favorite is rich, incredibly decadent flourless chocolate cake. This recipe from Jewish Boston is getting rave reviews. The recipe is easy to follow, uses simple ingredients and will undoubtedly give your guests something to look forward to.

A full list of Passover desserts that will delight both you and your guests is available here. This year, surprise your guests with more than just fruit and macaroons. Present them with a gorgeous display of Passover-friendly options that are deceptively easy to make. If you are looking for some fantastic recipe inspiration, check out this article from saveur.com with a list of delectable, easy to make recipes that you (and your guests) will love.

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