Passover begins at sunset on March 27 and ends the evening of April 4 this year. To celebrate the holiday, Heather Corrigan, a longtime Macaroni Kid Mom and realtor at RE/MAX Signature Homes in Closter, shares recipes and kid-friendly projects with us.
The Cup of Miriam: A Simple Craft for Kids and Teens
The cup of Elijah is a staple at every Seder, but not many folks know about the cup of Miriam. As the story of Passover goes, Miriam saved her baby brother Moses by hiding him in the river where the Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him as her own. Had it not been for Miriam, Moses would not have freed the Jews from slavery.
A wine glass filled with water is placed on the Seder table to represent Miriam. Your kids can make their own cup of Miriam using a plastic wine glass or a real one so that they can keep it for years to come. To decorate it, use enamel paint, colored Sharpies, or glitter glue.
Charoset: A Sweet Treat
Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of Exodus, when ancient Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery. Charoset is traditionally made with apples, cinnamon, wine and nuts. Charoset represents the sweetness of the ancient Israelites being freed from Egyptian slavery many years ago. We like this sephardic recipe for charoset to use as a spread on matzah.
Heather's Heydayz Matzah Brittle
My matzah brittle is always a hit. And it is so simple to make!
3 1/2 sheets unsalted matzahs
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsel
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted slivered almonds
Line a 15x10 inch jelly-roll pan with nonstick aluminum foil. Arrange matzahs in prepared pan, breaking as necessary to fit and completely cover bottom of pan. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Boil, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Carefully pour mixture evenly over matzahs in pan, and spread over matzahs. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. (Mixture will start to bubble at about 10 minutes. Continue to bake to 15 minutes).
Carefully remove pan from oven to a wire rack. (Mixture will still be bubbly). Let stand 1 minute at room temperature or until no longer bubbly. Sprinkle top evenly with morsels; let stand 1 minute or until morsels soften. Spread morsels over brittle. Sprinkle with almonds; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
Place pan in refrigerator, chill 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Break into about 20 pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week in refrigerator. Makes about 20 pieces or 1 1/2 pounds
Tie-Dye Leaning Pillows
Everyone at a Seder dinner has a cushion to lean on to mimic how people in the ancient past used to recline on cushions during meals. Eating Seder dinner in a reclining position is meant to remind Jews that they are now free people and no longer slaves, so it's important to get comfy with leaning pillows! We made their own Seder pillow by tie-dying an old (or new) shirt, stuffing it with pillow fill, and tying the ends together with curling ribbon. The kids loved personalizing their pillows, and they make for great conversation!
Now it's your turn! Share with us your favorite Passover recipes and traditions in the comments section below or share on our Facebook page.
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