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Passover 2019

Passover is celebrated in commemoration of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. For eight days we do not partake of any leavening agent in our food. We read the Haggadah ( a narration of the Exodus) which is the central part of the first and second nights of Passover. Despite the dispersal of Jews throughout the world, we are united in the celebration of the 8 day festival, upholding family bond and family traditions over the traditional Seder meal. The central object of every Seder Table is the Seder Plate, arranged with the symbolic foods. There are no rules for menus for this meal , although many families like mine maintain specific traditions. My family has nostalgic customs for certain foods and everyone insists on having those beloved foods on the table. In our case it is more out of love for these particular dishes than any real religious significance. And since we only eat this way once a year I try to make as many of these special dishes as possible.

Since starting my blog I have tried to publish my most favorite recipes for the holidays . These recipes have become a tradition in my family . Along the way I have picked up some amazing new recipes that have now been incorporated into Cooking with Candi.

I have been posting these recipes since 2011 and I try and compile a list of all of these recipes every year. The list is here and if you enter that title or enter Passover into the search bar on my site the recipe should come up. If you’re having trouble you can google a recipe title or Passover along with Cooking with Candi and it should come up this way or send me an email in my comments section and I will get back to you. If you have any questions or comments I would like to hear from you as well.

These recipes have evolved over the years starting with my Great Grandmother and Grandmother. They are wonderful recipes and I hope you can make some of them part of your own family tradition and pass them down to your children and family.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting as many of these recipes as possible.

Remember to relax and enjoy the holidays and make some unforgettable memories for you and yours!

Happy Cooking!

Passover Recipes:

Homemade Chicken Soup with not so Homemade Matzoh Balls

Passover Popovers

Traditional Ashkenazi Charoset

Slow Cooked Brisket

Happy New Year Brisket–perfect for any holiday any time of the year

Un-Stuffed Cabbage –Probably one of my personal favorites in place of Sweet and Sour Meatballs and also frees up your oven because it is cooked on the stove-top

Grandma Regina’s Farfel–my Grandma Regina lives on in this recipe and it is always on our Seder Table–it’s a little difficult but totally delicious if you get it right

Honey Roasted Chicken

Chicken Marbella

Old School Meatballs

Apricot Honey-Mustard Chicken

Peach Farfel– a must

Bree’s Slow Cooked Skirt Steaks — this one I make in place of Brisket because everyone likes it better in my family –Obviously your family may prefer brisket and I personally love Brisket but I go with my family requests here and this is so super easy and frees up your oven.

Karyn’s Cranberry-Apple Crisp for Passover– a must have for every table you can even serve it as dessert!

Judy’s Apple Matzoh Kugel for Passover

Sweet Matzoh Pudding

Spinach Souffle for Passover–so very easy and it’s a Vegetarian but Dairy Dish

Passover Cobbler

My Favorite Macaroons–Traditional Style for Passover

Julie’s Brownies for Passover

Marcy’s Matzoh Crunch Candy–super delicious and easy and addictive–a most amazing dessert!

Meringue Cookies

Ellen’s Passover Apple Cake

Matzoh Brei

Blueberry Banana Bundt Cake

I had rotten bananas and I had some blueberries and I had all the other ingredients for this delicious bundt cake in the house. It took about 20 minutes to prep and another 50 minutes in the oven and it’s going into the freezer for another time and place. I cut into it to taste it and will cut it into 4 sections and freeze it for when we come back this summer to Colorado. It freezes so well and the bananas were going in the garbage so there you have it –snacking cake for another time. You can freeze this cake up to 3 months, but make sure you wrap it up carefully and mark the date you freeze it on the bag. Enjoy!


1 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine salt (table salt)

1/2 cup butter unsalted and softened

3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs — room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 bananas mashed– very ripe black bananas

1 cup blueberries — rinsed and dried


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I spray a Bundt Pan with Bakers Aid Spray– you can use other sprays but I prefer this one for baking

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set it aside

Cream Butter and Sugar in an Electric Mixer. Add eggs one at a time and the vanilla. Beat until well combined

Add the flour Mixture to the bowl and Combine until just mixed. Fold in the Blueberries and Bananas with a spatula

Pour the batter into the sprayed Bundt Pan

Bake for 50 minutes. Check with a cake tester or toothpick till it comes out clean.


Sheet Pan Shrimp with Asparagus and Potatoes


This dinner was just delicious.  I used under 8 size shrimp. What this means is that there were about 8 to a pound , so rather large and the cooking times were perfect for them. You will probably have to adjust your cooking time depending on the size of your shrimp. Obviously the larger shrimp took a little longer to cook. I will give you a range of time for anywhere from under 16 to under 8. Timing will vary depending on your oven and the size of the shrimp you use.  The potatoes and asparagus times will remain pretty much the same. I just love cooking on one sheet in the oven! This recipe is a keeper and one I will re-visit often and maybe use different veggies, since I am the only one who ate the asparagus anyway.


1 pound large shrimp ( anywhere from 8 – 16 count) is perfect – thawed, peeled and de-veined and leave the tails on

Extra – Virgin Olive Oil

3 cloves of garlic-minced

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes if you hate the spice you can omit it

2 Lemons, 1 for zest and juice of, the other 1 thinly sliced

1 lb. Asparagus-trimmed

1 lb. Fingerling Potatoes–halved lengthwise

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper–read directions for amounts


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a large rimmed baking sheet for easy clean up

Place the shrimp in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil . Add in minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to coat and set aside.

In another mixing bowl , toss the sliced potatoes with 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Season generously with Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Transfer Potatoes to the baking sheet in a single layer. Roast potatoes for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes, or until they are almost tender.

While potatoes are roasting, toss asparagus with 1/2 Tbsp.of Olive Oil and season with Salt and Pepper,  Set aside

Now add 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice to bowl of shrimp and toss to coat. Season Shrimp pretty generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

After 20 minutes or so remove potatoes from the oven and add asparagus and lemon slices to baking sheet. Continue to roast potatoes and asparagus for another 10 minutes,  potatoes should be tender by now , pierce a potatoe with a fork to check for tenderness. If potatoes still need time you can leave them in for a few more minutes. Using a slotted spoon add shrimp to baking sheet and put back in the oven. Roast for another 10 minutes or until shrimp are pink-opaque and firm to touch. My shrimp took about 12 more minutes, this time will depend on your shrimp. I checked after 5 minutes and using tongs turned them over and continued cooking for another 7 more minutes.

When I removed from oven I sprinkled with lemon zest. Perfection on a plate!

*one added tip– after my shrimp is peeled and de-veined and before I am about to cook I always wrap my shrimp in some paper towels to dry them off. It helps with the oil and spices sticking to shrimp.




Red Lentil Soup–Vegan –Meatless Monday

This soup comes together very quickly and easily. Even a beginner can master this one and look like a pro. While I am not a Vegan occasionally I will write up a recipe and change some ingredients to make it Vegan for all of you Vegetarians and Vegans out there. Mostly Pantry ingredients involved here but if not it’s time to stock the pantry with these items. I believe this soup should yield 4 very large servings or 6 moderate sized appetizer portions. Prep your ingredients and get cooking. Why not a red soup for Valentines Day?

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1/4 cup extra virgin Olive Oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Curry Powder

1/2 Teaspoon dried Thyme

1 large can 28 oz. diced tomatoes–I didn’t drain

1 cup Red Lentils–you may want to pick over the lentils and rinse

4 cups Vegetable Broth

2 cups Water

1 – 3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt as needed to taste. Start out with 1

*Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes– this is optional and if you do like as I do you may want to add at beginning and at end

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

*also optional and I didn’t add because I didn’t have in the house but would add next time–some chopped fresh Kale or Collard Greens– remove any and all tough stems and ribs. You can buy baby Kale that’s been washed and use right out of the container

1 to 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice-1/2 to 1 whole Lemon–this added a delicious layer of flavor and I wouldn’t skip it


Heat the 1/4 cup Olive Oil in a Large Dutch Oven Pot over medium heat.

Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onions and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is translucent. At least 5 minutes. Don’t Burn

Add the Garlic, Cumin, Curry Powder and Thyme. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly for about 1/2 minute till everything is incorporated. Pour in the can of Diced Tomatoes and their juices and continue cooking for a few more minutes, stirring often .

Pour in the lentils, broth and the 2 cups Water. Add 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt and if you like a pinch of red pepper flakes and sprinkle generously with Freshly Ground Black Pepper ( a few good turns on the grinder) Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cook for at least 45 minutes , or until the lentils are tender. I cooked for about an hour.

Transfer 2 cups of the soup to a blender , secure the lid, and be careful with hot soup (steam can burn) and puree the 2 cups until smooth. Pour the pureed soup back into the pot. If no blender take out the 2 cups place in another pot and use an immersion blender.

Add the chopped greens if you like now and cook for 5 more minutes or until the greens wilt. Stir in the Fresh Lemon Juice. Taste and Season with more salt, pepper and/or Lemon Juice to your liking. I definitely added more Kosher Salt about 1 1/2 Tablespoons. If you like it spicy add more Red Pepper Flakes as well.

Serve while hot.

Leftovers will keep well for 4 days in the refrigerator. Can be frozen for several months!!!!

Happy Valentines Day Brownies – Chocolatey and Fudgey

Thinking ahead to Valentines Day! Delicious Easy Brownie Recipe!

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This is a delicious easy to make Chocolate Fudgy Brownie. Perfect for Valentines Day , as it is such a Chocolatey Holiday. I have always had a  rather large sweet tooth and  Valentines Day always meant candy, chocolate, dessert of one kind or another and it was always up there with my other favorite , Halloween for pretty much the same reasons. How can you not like a holiday that has so much sweetness?  Make this brownie  anytime and  top with ice cream and chocolate sauce for an incredibly killer dessert. I personally cut them up into small pieces and don’t feel as guilty when I eat them. I came in today from being out all day and saw them on the cake stand and because I had cut them up so small, I indulged in two pieces and it just hit the spot!!! Make no mistake these are the real deal, and I never…

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Easy Chicken Soup with Orzo and Lemon

Here’s a shortcut Chicken Soup that you can make with no muss and no fuss. Made in 1 hour! Enjoy!

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photo 4 (24)photo 5 (27)photo 2 (33)I literally started this soup at 5 p.m. and app. one hour later I was eating it.  Now that’s always a good thing in my book. Usually I slow cook my broth etc. and it takes hours ( Homemade Chicken Soup ) but this time there was no time, I wasn’t feeling like cooking my soup for hours and wanted that homemade flavor without all the work . You can certainly cook your own chicken if it works out for you time wise. This would also be perfect with leftover chicken. I bought a rotisserie chicken and this is what I did. For those of you who saw it on Instagram and Facebook–this one’s for you. One more little thing, the fresh dill is the secret ingredient and gives it that wonderful layer of flavor, don’t skip it. I also squeezed fresh lemon into each bowl of soup , this added yet another wonderful layer…

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White Bean Chili

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Original post was back in the winter of ’13. For those of you who are new to the blog or missed it, I am re-posting the recipe. It is delicious and the inspiration comes…

Seven Layer Dip

Here you go for a last minute idea for Super Bowl Sunday! Easy Peasy to put together.

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Winter cont'd 021Seven Layer Dip 005This is a super easy and beautiful dish to entertain with. Since Super Bowl is tomorrow this would be most perfect! It’s great in a glass bowl where you can see all of the layers. I prefer to make this without meat but if you would like make one of the layers ground beef or ground turkey. Just drain the meat before adding and make sure that the meat has cooled before adding all the other ingredients. Feel free to play around with ingredients, whatever works for you. This recipe is best served at room temperature, I’ll usually make it earlier in the day and take it out of refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Another thing I would suggest is to go to a local Mexican restaurant that you like and buy your refried beans, guacamole and salsa there. It’s usually the best. Sometimes I will make my…

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Beef Barley and Veggie Soup–Rich and Hearty

In the Winter I love a good hearty soup with good crusty bread some delicious hard cheese and a green salad. It makes a wonderful dinner that is prepared in one pot. This is a very hearty soup and I say rich because of the beef cubes which add a delicious layer of flavor and make this soup more than a soup more like a meal. As Rachael Ray says a”stoup”. It is thicker than a soup and mine is almost as thick as a stew. You can freeze this soup since it makes so much and you’ll have it for a snowy day when you can’t get to the market for these ingredients.


1 1/2 lbs. Beef Chuck Cubes — the butcher section usually has this pre-cut if not just ask your butcher to cut into cubes for stew

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Kosher Salt

2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

1 whole onion chopped ( yellow)

1 large stalk celery– thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves–roughly chopped

1 1/2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste

3/4 cup Red Wine– any dry red wine will do –I used a Malbec

8 cups Beef Broth–you can use low-sodium if you’d like

1 1/2 cups Water– you’ll need more as you finish but use this to start–at least for the first 2 hours

2 Bay Leaves

1/2 Tsp.dried thyme or fresh –1 Tbsp.

1 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar

3/4 cup Pearl Barley such as Quaker Medium Pearled Barley if you can find if not use whatever you can find

3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 ” round slices


Dry off the beef cubes with a paper towel then season them generously with Salt and Pepper.

In a large Dutch Oven (Le Crueset) type soup pot, heat 1 Tablespoon of the Vegetable Oil over medium high heat. Add 1/2 the beef and sear it without turning it, until browned on one side–app. 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and add another Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil and continue searing the other 1/2 of the Beef. A little note– you can really sear the beef on one side and transfer it to a plate because it will fully cook in soup. You just want to get a good crust on at least one side of the meat. Remove the meat to a plate and start to prepare the soup.

Lower the heat in pan to medium-low and add the onions, celery and garlic. Cook , stirring frequently and scraping up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan (from the beef) You’ll want to cook until the veggies are soft and onion is translucent, probably another 5 minutes. Don’t burn veggies. You have to keep an eye on them. Lower the heat to a simmer if necessary.

Stir in the tomato paste. Add the beef along with any juices. Add the wine, broth, water , bay leaves, thyme, sugar and a little more salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low . Cover and Simmer for 2 hours.

After 2 hours. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Add the barley and carrots and simmer, covered until the carrots and barley are cooked and the beef is tender. I cooked for another hour and it can simmer for even longer. Taste and adjust the seasonings. If you like a thicker soup ( and I do) simmer uncovered until your desired consistency is reached. For a thinner soup, add a little more water at a time until your desired consistency is reached. It’s not an exact science. I definitely added more water at the end stage.

*Just a little note –this soup will seem very brothy during the beginning stages but once you add the barley it will quickly soak up the broth so be careful not to reduce too quickly. You can always add water or more broth if this happens. Look at photos of the finished product.

Ladle into bowls and serve!

Soup will keep in fridge for 3 days and frozen for 3 months. 3 months is my limit for frozen . When you re-heat it add some water to bring it back to life and you’ll probably need to add a little salt and pepper as well.

Beef Barley and Veggie Soup

Brussels a la Caesar

I combined two of my favorites Caesar Salad Dressing and raw brussels . I bought the bag of Shaved Brussels which took all the work out of having to cut them up and I made my salad dressing which is detailed below. I used shaved Parmagiano Reggiano Cheese to add some flavor and let it all marinate together for about an hour before serving. I like it a little wilted but of course it tasted kind of delicious right away. It is nice to be able to make salad a bit ahead of the meal without worrying about how wilted it will be. The Brussels are tough enough to stand up to anything and sit out for a while dressed. This is always perfect while you’re preparing the rest of your dinner.

I used a Food Processor -mini or regular. You can do it in a blender as well.

If you love Caesar Salad and you love Brussels Sprouts this one’s for you.

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Brussels Caesar Salad


Caesar Salad : with Brussels

1 bag of shaved brussels sprouts — app. 1 lb.

2 cloves of garlic

1 egg yolk — if you don’t like the raw egg you can coddle it but I always just use a raw egg yolk

1 Tablespoon Dion Mustard- heaping

freshly ground black pepper

5 anchovies

2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano


I use a food processor to make my salad dressing , you can use a mini or a regular sized one. I put the 2 cloves of whole garlic into the processor and chop them, then I add the 5 anchovies and mix all together.

Then add lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce and egg yolk. I mix all together and then slowly add the olive oil in from the top stream the oil in. Add freshly ground black pepper after everything else is incorporated. I don’t add salt because anchovies are very salty.

Pour dressing on the Brussels and mix well. Let it sit for an hour or so if you have the time. Add the cheese and mix well.

*this salad can easily be doubled or Just make double the salad dressing and you’ll have it if you need more dressing depending on how dressed you like the salad. Dressing can stay in fridge for a few days ( raw egg) .

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