If you celebrate Passover and live anywhere near Dedham, you probably know that the Dedham Stop & Shop has a pretty large Passover-food section - everything from kosher-for-Passover coconut milk to, of course, all sorts of matzoh (they've got shmurah matzoh, gluten-free matzoh and triangular matzoh with which to make pizza matzoh). But there is one item they have this year that is completely unnecessary, in fact, kind of an abomination: Matzoh brei in a box. Read more.
Jewish Boston taste tests the matzah available in local stores, for example:
If you just need something that people will recognize as matzah and you don’t care about how the box looks or whether it holds up under spreading, this will certainly do. It doesn’t taste terrible, but it doesn’t bring anything to the table either. It literally is what it is.
The Hyde Park Shaw's still had a decent supply of kosher-for-Passover matzo and those sugar fruit-slice things tonight. No macaroons, alas.
Tony Maws at Craigie on Main explains it goes back to his grandmother:
In Baba Hannah's kitchen I whipped egg whites for meringue frostings on her lemon sponge cake and helped shape the matzo balls for Passover Seder. I remember the taste of her split pea soup and the smell of her brisket. It was awesome and I still crave them. Nothing Baba Hannah cooked came out of left field. But she made it and it was good and it was a great excuse for our family to come together. It was the best time I had around food.
At the Dedham Stop & Shop, Passover faces off against Valentine's Day.
Dana Reichman reports she was surprised to turn an aisle at the Stop & Shop on American Legion Highway in Roslindale this morning to see a decent supply of Passover goods. She reports the stuff wasn't flying off the shelves, but it was only 7 a.m.
No doubt they meant well, but somebody might want to tell the Chelsea Record that Jews don't celebrate Passover as the start of the Diaspora.
In fact, the start of the Diaspora is mourned with fasting and readings from the Book of Lamentations.
It's the day before Valentine's Day, so of course Stop & Shop in Dedham already has all its Easter and Passover stuff out.
Wicked Local Newton reports the state is refusing to give Newton a one-day extension on an upcoming MCAS exam even though it's the day after the first night of Passover. Newton could give the test in the afternoon so that Jewish students can recover from the exhaustion of finding the afikomen the night before, but the city says students don't do as well on tests after lunch.
Apparently, Fresh City thinks the same thing applies to their wraps. Jocular Schlemiel reports he was grateful the chain had a Passover menu - until he noticed it included shrimp and rice.
... I understand that it is more Kosher style than truly Kosher, and while I think that a Kosher for Passover menu is a great idea, it may have gone over better had there been some research done before drafting an actual menu. The only hint of Passover I really received was a piece of stale matzah. ...
Larry Davidson reports from the annual event, held at the First Parish Church:
... [T]his endeavor is deliberately an interfaith community-building activity, so it's best not to hold it in a Jewish facility even if one still existed in Dorchester. ...
Ever wonder what you'd do if you kept kosher for Passover, made yourself a lunch (since you can't eat at any of your normal haunts), then realized when you were on the Green Line that you'd forgotten your lunch at home? Martin Lieberman explains what he did when that happened today.
Over in Roslindale, Adam Rosi-Kessel kvetches that the Village Market, generally a pretty good supermarket, doesn't have a single Passover item:
Carmen reports her aunt served white wine at the family seder last night, so her table cloth wouldn't get stained while reciting the Biblical plagues - which involves dipping one's finger into the wine for each plague:
... This didn't sit well with most of us, as white wine doesn't taste very good with brisket and red wine shows up better on the plate.
"You can't do the plagues with white wine," one of my uncles said. "It's supposed to look like blood. You can't even SEE these plagues." ...
Kosher Blog reports on new trends in Passover cheese (yes, of course there are new trends in Passover cheese!):
... I've often remarked that any holiday on which you can have steak and French fries every night isn't really such a hardship. A well-stocked cheese drawer is yet another reason to believe that Passover could actually be a lot of fun.
Lis Riba dishes:
The Malden Stop & Shop still has massive amounts of Kosher L'Pesach Coca Cola, which is made from cane sugar instead of corn syrup. ...
In Jewish tradition, the youngest child is supposed to ask the Four Questions at Passover. But what if the child is too young to ask anything? Lis to the rescue with Four Questions baby bibs:
... When it's the baby's turn in the spotlight, somebody can just hold the kid up for everybody to read! ...