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Sumptuous Seder Treat???

Lisa Antinore Mar 24, 1998 06:34 PM

This nice Catholic girl is going to her first Seder in a few weeks and would like some suggestions about something really delicious to bring to the hostess... Please let me know...Also where to purchase it..

Are there any fantastic bakeries with Seder treats? The family is not very religious so I don't have to worry about anything Kosher...


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    amy tarshis Mar 25, 1998 09:25 AM

    Hey Lisa, Remember me from Faith Popcorn's place? Hope all's well. Go to Gertel's bakery on Hester Street and be the envy of every other jew in the house. I'm sure they'll have a range of goodies. You could also try Moishe's on Second Avenue and 7th Street. Shalom, and whatever you do...don't bring a challah!

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    1. re: amy tarshis
      Alan Divack Mar 25, 1998 10:18 PM

      "....whatever you do...don't bring a challah!"

      Which reminds me --- My wife's cousin and her family
      immigrated from Russia about 5 years ago, jut before
      Passover. We were all teary-eyed about their being
      with us for the feast of freedom. When my
      mother-in-law asked her to come to seder, she said "How
      wonderful. I'll bake a challah!"

      I then realized something about what it meant to grow
      up Jewish in the Soviet Union.

      1. re: amy tarshis
        Lisa Antinore Mar 26, 1998 09:09 AM

        Heya Amy,

        Definitley remember you. Had spotted a couple of posts awhile back from a "lucioustarshis" but wasn't sure...

        Since our Faith Popcorn days I've spotted snippets of your writing in "Seen" and heard from someone at BrainReserve that you were doing some work for Beard House.

        A couple of weeks ago I was at a "Careers in Food" conference at NYU and met two of your colleagues- Yvette Fromer and Mitchell Davis... Both were super nice and Yvette said some nice stuff about you.

        Hope all is well. Thanks for the Seder tip...

        ZenFoodist :)

        1. re: Lisa Antinore
          amy tarshis Mar 26, 1998 01:06 PM

          Good to hear from you. Hope you've read my "Risk Your Life For Food" posting (below)-- it's caused quite a stir ...mmm,there's nothing quite like controversy! Also, if you want a nother great seder suggestion, bring some chocolate covered matzos (you can get them at any major supermarket). Shalom sistah!

          1. re: Lisa Antinore
            Lisa R. Apr 4, 1998 10:25 AM

            Hi Lisa,

            There is a place in Boro Park, Brooklyn, the
            Orthodox Jewish center of the city, called Schick's.
            It has a second bakery only open during the Passover
            season. There goods are divine. They have a sort of
            rugelach called Krakowski, named after a city in
            Poland, that is a cashew, apricot, caramel-y kind of
            thing that is so good I would eat it all year. Bring
            some and you will always be invited back to Seder. It
            is a fun scene, too, with all the old-timers and "new"
            yuppie Hasidim.

            By the way, I thought your reply to Russel Drecgue
            was quite restrained and nice, under the circumstances.

            Lisa Rosenberg

          2. re: amy tarshis
            Lisa Antinore Mar 26, 1998 03:22 PM

            Amy, I don't have your E-mail but I wanted to let you know that Mary Kay called me before to let me know that Faith Popcorn will be on Sally Jessy Raphael tommorrow at 3:00 for the entire hour discussing her book "Clicking" ... It'll definitley be fun at the very least so check it out....


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            Alan Divack Mar 24, 1998 08:25 PM

            My experience with bought passover pastries has never
            been that good. As long as they are not very
            religious, why don't you consider making something?
            One possibility, very out of the ordinary, is a good
            and unusual haroseth . Haroseth is a paste said to
            resemble the clay or mortar from the bricks in Egypt.
            It goes on the seder plate, and is eaten with matzah at
            the seder, and also all week long. Every Jewish
            sub-group has its variety, but the variations are esp.
            interesting among non-Ashkenazic Jews. My favorite is
            from the community in Venice. Joan Nathan has an
            excellent and easy recipe in her Jewish Holiday
            Kitchen. The base is pureed chestnuts (I use canned),
            to which you add dried fruits, poppy seeds, pine nuts,
            orange rind, brandy, you get the picture. You may like
            it so much that you will decide to keep it for
            yourself, and buy them something!

            Another possibility is homemade macaroons. Either of
            these would also highlight your Italian heritage.

            If you want to buy something, you could get Shmure
            Matzah, which should be available in many passover
            stores. This is the opposite of sumptuous (though not
            in price). It is large round crisp matzah, baked from
            specially supervised wheat to eliminate the possibility
            of leavening at any time from when the wheat is in the
            field. It is very elemental, and looks spectacular on
            the seder table.

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            1. re: Alan Divack
              Lisa Antinore Mar 25, 1998 08:29 AM

              Thanks a bunch Alan!!!

              Of course I always prefer to cook something, however I haven't had much experience with traditional Jewish food and I especially am not familiar with Seder specialities.

              I thought there might be the equivalent of a Kosher City Bakery somewhere that I didn't know about....

              Guess not, the Haroseth sounds sublime though....


              1. re: Lisa Antinore
                Christina Z. Mar 25, 1998 01:34 PM

                There is at least one if not more Kosher bakeries
                on Main Street in Flushing. I'm not sure of the exact
                street but I know they are on Main between Jewel Avenue
                and Union Turnpike (closer to Jewel). It is an
                Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and there are all kinds
                of kosher food purveyers there (fish, produce, baked
                goods, etc.) Surely, you'll find some delicious
                goodies to take to the Seder. Enjoy!

                Christina Z.

                1. re: Lisa Antinore
                  Dave Feldman Mar 31, 1998 02:12 AM


                  If you are thinking of cooking something, you could do worse than to buy or check out Susan Friedland's "The Passover Table," a short cookbook with terrific recipes (I've seen it on display at several B&N stores). In the spirit of full disclosure, Susan is a friend.


                2. re: Alan Divack
                  Josh Mar 26, 1998 11:30 AM

                  Last year just before Passover, the NY Times published
                  an articles on Seder cooking from Sephardic
                  communities. It included two haroseth recipes, both of
                  which I made.

                  One was essentially a fig jam flavored with cardamom
                  and red wine. Very wonderful and it keeps forever (at
                  least in my fridge).

                  The other was a date jam which I thought was too sweet,
                  but which my wife liked. I don't recall the details:
                  Lots of pitted dates, some orange (I think) and some
                  spices (clove?), boiled to mush.

                  If you are attending a seder at a house that keeps
                  kosher, boil water in all the pots you're going to be
                  using and drop in all your utensils, etc. This will
                  kosher them (according to my mother-in-law).

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