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Whole Lemon Bar

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Whole Lemon Bar

When life gives you lemons…make lemon bars! These lemon bars require no juicing; just put the whole lemon in and don’t forget the sugar. They’re perfect for a party or any other time you’re looking for that bright lift that only citrus can give.

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No-Flour Nut Cake

Recipe by Jared Polis

No-Flour Nut Cake

Recipe from Rae Keller, Congressman Jared Polis’ late great-grandmother, reprinted from the 1974 The International Grandmothers’ Cookbook: Favorite Recipes of Grandmothers from Around the World by Eileen Weppner.

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Matzah Crack(ers)

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Matzah Crack(ers)

After the first two Passover seders, matzah is the last thing you want to see in your kitchen, but it’s all you have to eat for six more days! Turn the boring, bland cracker into something so good you’ll have to run out and buy a second box. The magic trio of butter, sugar and

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The Wicked Son

Recipe by Aviva Goldfarb

The Wicked Son

Sure, we drink four glasses of wine at the Passover seder, which can definitely get our buzz on, but sometimes we need a little extra something to get us through the long meal and service without losing our patience and to keep our hunger pangs at bay. Plus, it’s fun to greet our guests with

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Scallion Pancake Challah

Recipe by Annabel Epstein

Scallion Pancake Challah

Combining the two greatest carbs in life, challah and scallion pancakes, this Chinese-inspired challah adapted from Molly Yeh is the perfect complement to a plate full of dumplings. Preparing the dough in advance and braiding the challah together before Shabbat dinner is another fun way to get guests engaged and learn the ins and outs

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Salted Bourbon Caramel Hamantashen

Recipe by Marcia Friedman

Salted Bourbon Caramel Hamantashen

Tender bourbon-scented pastry dough gives way to a creamy caramel center in this grown-up hamantashen. Homemade caramel sauce (adapted from a recipe by Samin Nosrat in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) tastes best, but store-bought works in a pinch. Plan to make the dough and caramel sauce the night before baking. For drizzle topping, use the

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Pineapple Fried Rice

Recipe by Adam Greenberg

Pineapple Fried Rice

It’s very important to cook the rice the day before, lay it on a tray and let it dry out overnight. Freshly cooked rice is too starchy and wet. Laying it out on a tray overnight removes the moisture; it will easily break up after a full day in the fridge, making it nice and

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Smoked Matzah Ball Soup

Recipe by Rooster Soup Co.

Smoked Matzah Ball Soup

Of the soups, salads, sandwiches, milkshakes and blue-plate specials served at Rooster Soup Company, the bestseller is the smoked matzah ball soup. “Smoke is a big part of the Jewish palette, whether it’s pastrami or smoked salmon, so we knew that we wanted to do a matzah ball soup and put our twist on it,”

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Vegan Sweet Noodle Kugel

Recipe by Sarah Newman

Vegan Sweet Noodle Kugel

Eating less meat and dairy, or even being fully vegan, does not mean forsaking all of one’s favorite Shabbat and holiday dishes. We pass down and make family recipes because such dishes are integral to our memories and experiences. Recipes evolve and change through generations. Cuisine is the food of a culture, and if Jews

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