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Pesach Recipes - Submitted by Nava Herzog

Bonnie's Matzoh Crunch
5 to 6 sheets of matzoh (I use unsalted)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into chunks
1 cup (firmly-packed) light brown sugar
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, or coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 cup chopped walnuts
optional: add a sprinkling of fleur de sel, or coarse sea salt, 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped or chopped walnuts


Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis Submitted by Sandy Curry

“Benny loves to help out at his Grandpa’s bakery in the morning, and the customers love the crusty bagels with their soft insides. When Grandpa explains to Benny that God, not him, should be thanked for the wonderful bagels, Benny sets out to do just that. He decides to leave God a bagful of bagels in the synagogue at the end of each week. And each week God eats the bagels…or so Benny thinks…

Lovingly told, Bagels from Benny explores the values of caring and sharing, building a strong sense of community and finding joy in giving thanks.”

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona by Jacqueline Dembar Greene, Doug Chayka (Illustrator) submitted by Sandy Curry

"Musician Don Fernando longs to hear the sounds of the shofar on the High Holidays, but, like the other secret Jews in Inquisition Spain, he must hide his religion. But when he is asked to perform a symphony celebrating the new world, he and his son Rafael devise a daring plan to usher in the Jewish New Year right in plain sight of the Spanish nobility!"

Little Red Ruthie by Gloria Koster Submitted by Sandy Curry

Little Red Ruthie by Gloria Koster
“ Clever little Ruthie is way shrewder than her fabled namesake Little Red Riding Hood. Carrying her basket of sour cream and applesauce en route to her grandmother’s house to make latkes, she is waylaid by a very hungry,very big, very bad wolf. Brave as a Maccabee, she persuades him to wait while she fries a batch of latkes, and when he has gorged himself into oblivion, she sends him on his way with a jelly donut for dessert. Safe and sound, Ruthie and Grandma eat their own latkes and light the first Hanukkah candle."

Pumpkin Nutella Bread/Brownie Submitted by Arielle Russell

1 1/4 cups Nutella spread
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional, if you want a more enhanced pumpkin and Fall flavor)

Pan - Brownie or Bread


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease the interior of an 8.5 inch x 4.5 inch (9 x 5 inch also works) loaf pan with vegetable oil or canola oil spray.


Kid-Friendly Baked Chicken Submitted by Arielle Russell

Kid-Friendly Baked Chicken

• 6-8 bone-in chicken thighs
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. onion powder
• 1 tsp. dried parsley
• 1 Tsp. Bread crumbs
• salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper toweling.
3. Place on baking pan.
4. Sprinkle seasonings onto chicken thighs. No need to measure, you can simply liberally sprinkle seasoning onto chicken.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.