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Passover Popovers

Super easy and Super light and delicious. Give this one a try. These are delicious during Passover with some preserves in the morning as well as with your Seder Meal. Enjoy and Happy Passover Cooking from my kitchen to yours. I used a muffin tin and it worked out perfectly. Bake these light airy treats for your Seder to rave reviews. One per person is perfect , this recipe yielded 9 popovers. photo20130321-113701.jpg photo


1 cup cake meal

4 eggs — always work with room temperature eggs unless otherwise stated for best results

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 cup water

1/2 cup peanut oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the cake meal, salt and sugar in a bowl.

Bring oil and water to a boil, add cake meal mixture and remove from stove.

Beat in one egg at a time and mix a lot. It will be thick.

Allow to stand for 15 minutes.

Drop into a well-greased muffin or popover tin using a tablespoon to 3/4 full. I spray with cooking spray . I used a Canola Oil baking spray, or lightly grease pan with canola oil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes till medium golden brown. I placed pan in the center of the oven .

Warm before serving if desired.








Peach Farfel for Passover – crowd favorite

 My friend Audrey gave this recipe to me many years ago and it has gone on to be a Kolen Family staple and favorite. It is always on our Passover table.  Actually, this year, I had thought I had it scanned into my computer (under Passover Recipes) and I couldn’t find it. Lucky for me  my friend Carol always makes it and her family loves it, so here it is. Recipes are like that–they tend to spread out to a wide group of people, so they usually don’t get lost. Sort of the reasoning behind this website as I now will have all my recipes under one tidy little roof! Enjoy this one; it is sweet and makes for a delicious side dish with poultry or beef. This has always been a crowd pleaser. I know, the amount of eggs is obscene on this holiday! This one has 7 eggs in it!!!!!

Thanks again Audrey!


1 box matzoh farfel (also available in a canister now)

2 15 oz. cans sliced peaches

7 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 sticks margarine, melted

2 tsp. vanilla

4 cups hot water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dry farfel in a bowl, then pour hot water over it. Let stand until absorbed.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, syrup from peaches, salt, sugar, margarine, and vanilla. Add farfel and combine well. In a well sprayed 9 x 12 baking dish, pour 1/2 the mixture, then arrange a layer of peaches on top. Add remaining mixture on top, then top with remaining peaches. Sprinkle with just a bit of cinnamon if you’d like. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve hot out of oven, or room temp. It is quite delicious at room temperature, if you don’t have the room in your oven, and it makes for a pretty awesome leftover.

Can be assembled, cooked 1/2 way through, then cooked the rest of the way through on the day of the holiday.

My Favorite Macaroons–Traditional Style for Passover

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I am not sure why I only make these macaroons during Passover. They are definitely my favorites; they are very easy to make, look totally professional, and are the Passover cookie in my book. These can be made ahead of time and stored. I usually make a few days before the Seder because I dip them in melted chocolate (just the tops). You don’t have to dip, you can leave plain. I dip up to 1/2 the macaroon in the chocolate. They are sweet and crunchy on the outside, and moist and chewy on the inside. After Passover, if there are any left over, I freeze them. Cannot have them lying around. Of course you may make these any time of year…they are always welcome on the menu.

*When dipping, just turn macaroon upside down (with peaked part into the chocolate). I usually go just a bit more than the top (probably 1/2 the macaroon into the chocolate). Use as much or as little as you like.

*just a little note, silpat is awesome to use for this recipe instead of parchment paper. You must cool completely before trying to lift off the paper. Also before you dip macaroons into the chocolate they must be completely cooled down.


3  large egg whites (When I bake, I always leave eggs out so that they are at room temp.)

1/2  cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package (14 oz.) sweetened, flaked coconut ( I like this Angel Flake Baker’s Brand, but they’re all fine)

*1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (You can really use any semi-sweet chocolate to melt. It’s just easy with the chips.)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can use non stick cooking spray, like Pam, but I just line with parchment, which works really well).

In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, sugar and salt until frothy. With a fork, stir in coconut until moistened.

Using a level tablespoon (measuring ones are perfect), pack the mixture into the spoon, so all macaroons are equal size. Drop mixture onto prepared sheet (cookies will not spread). Bake until golden brown, about 25 – 30 minutes. Towards the end, check on them to be sure they don’t burn. I make a little peak with my fingers on the cookies before I bake them (this makes for easier dipping).

*To melt chocolate on stove top: I bring a small saucepan of water to a rolling boil, and on top of it put a small stainless (oven proof) bowl filled with the chocolate.( works like a double boiler if you don’t have one) When it completely melts, take off heat. Once macaroons are completely cool, you can dip the tops. Just make sure chocolate and macaroons are cooled off first. Just dip top of cookie in chocolate and place on a plate to cool. When I am all done, I refrigerate the macaroons to set the chocolate. You can leave in fridge until you are ready to serve and take out with enough time to bring to room temp. Before serving, I usually use a cool cookie sheet with parchment paper to cool off cookies once they’ve been dipped.

*should yield about 20 – 25 cookies. You can double if you’d like.

Spinach Souffle for Passover-So Very Easy-Vegetarian/Dairy Side

Here we are again with all the matzoh meal and no flour for Passover, not to mention the 6 eggs that seem to be in every recipe.  I figured I’d be helpful for all of those looking for ways to reinvent the wheel. This recipe contains cinchy, easy ingredients, and its usually a crowd pleaser. So many variations of the same thing. This one can be made ahead and frozen, which is great. You will just cook it 1/2 way through before freezing, then defrost and cook at 350 degrees for about another 1/2 hour to 45 minutes later. This is a dairy side dish, so obviously won’t work for everyone but hold on to it because it is a keeper when looking for a vegetarian dairy side dish.

Ingredients: (can be doubled)

2 pkgs. frozen spinach (2 boxes) ( it’s app. 20 oz. of spinach, a bag and a half or 2 boxes)

1  bar of cream cheese (feel free to go lite but not fat-free please) *original recipe calls for 1 lb. I’ve been using 1 bar which is 8 oz. and works fine. Obiously it will be that much creamier but not necessary with 2 bars.(1 lb) and that much more fattening! you can leave out to soften or use microwave to soften, not melt.

2 lbs. cottage cheese (also not fat-free please) part skim is just fine

1 cup matzoh meal

6 eggs, well-beaten

Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nice casserole or any baking dish you like to serve in (round souffle large ramekin is perfect) with Pam. Cook spinach thoroughly according to directions (you can microwave it) and drain well by squeezing out all the water–which is the most important tip. Melt the cream cheese in microwave (start out with about 20 seconds, which should do it; but if not, do a little more at a time until totally melted). Add all ingredients in bowl, salt and pepper to taste. Bake 1 hour until golden brown at 350 degrees. If you are making this ahead of time, as I said you can cook 1/2 way through and freeze. Then the day before you want to serve it, take it out of freezer, defrost, and cook the rest of the way through–another 1/2 hour to 45 minutes till golden brown, and bubbly.

Passover ’15

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Passover and Easter!!  Crazy how time just flies. The good news is that it must mean that Spring is on the way. I have so very many wonderful recipes for Passover on my site but am always on the lookout for some new ones. If you are on my website just put Passover Recipes into the search box and you should be able to pull up all of my tried and true recipes from my life.  I’ve been trying to make sure that all of my recipes are tagged properly so this should work.

I have a few new ones that I am going to attempt to post in the next few weeks. So be on the lookout.

There are so very many wonderful recipes that have been in our family for years and am certain that you would enjoy making them a part of your family’s tradition as well. Some of these recipes contain dairy and some do not , clearly the ones containing dairy would not work for those who keep kosher. I think there are enough of both on here.  I am always open to new recipes if you’d like to send them to me. I may not get to post them till next Passover but please feel free to email them to me.

Some of the Passover recipes you may want to look at:

Peach Farfel Recipe — an absolute winner, it’s never Passover without it.

Grandma Regina’s Farfel Recipe–obviously a part of my life since I was a young girl

Julie’s Brownie Recipe–a recent addition but wonderful one. Who doesn’t want chocolate? even on Passover with no flour?

Homemade Chicken Soup with not so Homemade Matzoh Balls–what would Passover be without matzoh balls?

Honey Roasted Chicken–good for anytime and perfect addition to the holiday table

Chicken Marbella–one of our favorite chicken dishes for Passover

Old School Meatballs–sweet and sour meatballs

Karyn’s Cranberry -Apple Crisp for Passover–Best Ever

Sweet Matzoh Pudding–wonderful

Judy’s Apple Matzoh Kugel for Passover–an awesome addition to any table

Cathy’s Popovers–perfect served with gefilte fish and matzoh ball soup , just leave them on the table and watch them disappear. Light and Delicious.

Spinach Souffle for Passover–a delicious vegetable side dish

Happy New Year Brisket–originally added for Rosh Hashana but why not for Passover?

Meringue Cookies–easy and great for dessert

Macaroons–my all time favorite

Charoset–gotta have it

Ellen’s Passover Apple Cake–another wonderful addition to any Passover Dessert Table

Matzoh Brei–what to do with all that leftover matzoh during Passover


Macaroons — freshly dipped


Peach Farfel


Spinach Souffle for Passover *dairy


Julie’s Brownie for Passover


Grandma Regina’s Farfel


Macaroons fresh out of the oven

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Judy’s Apple Matzoh Kugel for Passover


photo (37)DSCN2642DSCN2539If you ask me, kugels are the best part of Passover. Put together in a casserole dish these sweet and savory dishes are my absolute favorite dish on the Seder table.  It was always about the kugel with me from the time I was a kid. This is an awesome recipe from a family friend which came to me via Karyn, so thanks Judy and thanks again Karyn. I used to make this recipe all the time and over the years I replaced it with something else and completely forgot about till another friend asked me for the recipe. Karyn came to the rescue. This is a delicious sweet addition to the table and if I remember correctly everyone loved it. It is easy and not too many ingredients and hardly any steps at all. Enjoy! Happy Passover.

Plan ahead:

Kugels can be made a day or two ahead. On the day of the serving, allow the dish to come to room temperature. Then heat it, covered in a preheated 350 degree oven until warm, 30 – 40 minutes. My experience has always been that the kugels hold together better when they are pre-made.


12 sheets matzoh

9 eggs beaten, use eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

6 large apples, peeled and sliced (any kind will do)

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3 Tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 cups white raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Break matzoh into colander and run warm water over it, just to soften, then drain and put in a large bowl. Add beaten eggs, add salt , sugar , apples, oil, cinnamon and raisins and pour into a pre-greased ( or cooking sprayed) baking dish . Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Enjoy!

*first time baking it keep it uncovered, when you re-heat you will cover it so it doesn’t dry out.


Spring Time…it must almost be Passover!

I am so happy that Spring is in the air. Warm weather and yes, matzoh balls on the brain! Now that we can feel the warm weather, Passover will be here before we know it and that “here we go again” feeling is starting to kick in. I always used to do Passover in my house for a huge crowd. Now I go to my daughter Jenn’s house, and yes, we have to sit in all that lovely traffic and over 2 bridges but it’s worth it.  We will just be getting back to NY from CO, and it would be too much to attempt a sit down Seder for everyone at our house.  I still plan on  cooking though, and I am going to give you recipes that have worked so well for my family over the years, a few new ones from friends and  some oldies but goodies that have been in my family for generations. I will be posting all of these recipes with the word Passover in the heading and category. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday. If you have any great recipes to add to this collection, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to post them.  Thanks to those of you who have been sending me recipes.  I will start posting very shortly. Sadly, I have no pictures from last year, and obviously am not going to start cooking now! After cooking this year, I will be posting all photos, and please feel free to share your pics, stories, and recipes with me.