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#404608 - 04/09/08 03:25 AM What's on your seder menu?  
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I like to try new things every year... my husband does his old standbys (but, he's a good cook).

Here are our seder menus this year:

First Night

chopped liver
meatballs
veggie sticks

gefilte fish

balsamic herb rubbed chicken
chicken nuggets (for my children who don't eat anything)
peach kugel
sweet tater kugel
orange vinaigrette asparagus

meringue surprise cookies
flourless chocolate torte or a chocolate mousse pie
raspberries

Second Night

chopped liver
meatballs
veggie sticks

tri-color matzo balls and carrot soup

chicken with cumin, garlic and tomato
roasted asparagus salad
broccoli souffle
zuchinni tomato gratin

french almond macaroon cookies
chocolate sorbet
strawberries



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#404611 - 04/09/08 03:42 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Lisa - Moms]  
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can i eat at your house lol


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#404619 - 04/09/08 04:05 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Lady J]  
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only if you help cook



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#404627 - 04/09/08 04:47 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Lisa - Moms]  
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We only do one night seder, and most of our guests usually end up being non-jews.

We do (along with the seder plate stuff):

Vegetarian "chopped liver"
Matzo Ball Soup
Beef Brisket and onions
Vegetarian Matzoh Lasagna
Sweet Potato Kugel (vegan)
Spinach Casserole
Apple Matzoh Cake
Caramel Matzoh Butter Crunch (for dessert and as favors)

It's a big dinner, but a lot of fun...

Nicki :-)


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#404630 - 04/09/08 05:05 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Lisa - Moms]  
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Lisa, how many people are you having with all of that food! And does anyone help you? You're undertaking so much! I used to do both nights and not get any help. I was totally exhausted, and usually a little angry afterwards. I have two sister in laws very capable. Wait, I have one sister in law very capable...

This is what I do now. I ask my not so capable sister in law to bring dessert every year. If she shows up before dessert we are all happy. Sometimes dessert doesn't amount to much. I always have one dessert to cover me. My other sister in law started making one of the two sedars. The joint effort keeps me much calmer.

I usually make a brisket, which I can do in advance (actually tastes better when done in advance). Knowing that my main course is done in advance also keeps me calmer the night of the sedar. I also cut down on the number of dishes I serve, since that added so much extra pressure. I now serve calmer and can enjoy my company more.

This year I decided to skip the brisket because of cost. I thought I was having 10 for dinner, but I am now up to 16! Not a big deal, just need more food... So my new, less expensive plan for dinner is:

Soup with flanken and chicken, and of course matzoh balls. The soup is very hearty and almost acts as the main course. This must be done in advance so that the fat can be removed, so again, the most important part of my meal is done in advance.

Stuffed cabbage
Broccoli souffle
Matzah farfel
Sweet potato kugel
Green salad-- I'll see what looks good the day I'm shopping...

Whatever is brought for dessert.

We've got some overlap in our menus. What do you put in your peach kugel? Have you made it before. It sounds yummy to me! But then again, I like the sweet potatoes mixed with peaches. I usually do that at Thanksgiving.

I'm planning on tough days Thursday and Friday. The big clean is already in motion! Not much food left and the refrigerator is starting to look empty. What will my family eat all week???

#404631 - 04/09/08 05:12 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Carol- Today In History]  
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Sounds nice Nicki. I love when things are a little different. My guests were mostly non Jewish one year-- it was probably our most fun sedar! This year my son invited his friends from college that don't have a sedar to go to, so we should have fun with new people too.

Your dishes sound vegetarian-- what's the brisket doing there?! And, do you have the recipe for the vegetarian matzoh lasagna? Have you made it before? One of my friends makes the caramel matzoh crunch-- wow is that good!

#404644 - 04/09/08 06:31 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Carol- Today In History]  
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We're having 36 people over the 2 nights. One year, we had close to 60something people at one of our seders. That was crazy and not very meaningful.

My husband's family (which is a big part of that 36) also don't contribute much to the meaning. No one else in the family keeps kosher so I prefer to do everything myself.

My husband enjoys cooking so he will help..and, like you - Carol - Thursday and Friday will be LONG days. Your menu sounds great! So does yours, Nicki. I love the idea of doing a veggie lasagna. I don't eat meat, so I had to make sure there were some tasty things for me to eat.

I (tried) to pick a lot of things in advance... and may even consolidate the menu (why should I cook different menus when it's different company) and/or make some easier recipes. The hardest recipes are the desserts so if I have to skip them, I will.

Both your menus seem as crazy as mine - you just have one night and I have two.

Did I mention I'm leaving town to celebrate my friend (since Kindergarten)'s 40th birthday? This Sunday to Wednesday.... I'm bringing my Passover dishes in tomorrow because it's my only day with a babysitter. My husband is kashering on Tuesday night and when I get back, I'm going to start cooking - with all my children at my feet "helping".

I'm really looking forward to it. wink


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#404645 - 04/09/08 06:32 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Lisa - Moms]  
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Jase -

Looks like you can do a Seder-crawl if you want!


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#404650 - 04/09/08 07:21 AM Re: What's on your seder menu? [Re: Lisa - Moms]  
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LOL I help out when I am asked. I can cook, hate doing dishes though LOL


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I do most of the cooking - my mom does the soup -

Matzo ball soup, brisket, red potatoes, string beans. That is all but my husband adores the brisket!

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