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Everyone’s Favorite Jewish Dish: Matzo Ball Soup

By admin | March 30, 2012

Photo: devlyn

Photo: devlyn

By: Michael Engle

Exactly one week from now, Jews all over the world will be observing Passover (Pesach, in Hebrew, as well as in universal Jewish common vernacular) with the first of two seders.  Technically, by that time, all Jewish homes should be completely ridden of chametz, or leavened bread products.  During Passover, five common and normally-kosher grains: wheat, barley, rye, oat, and spelt, temporarily become forbidden in all forms, except for Kosher for Passover matzo.  In addition, beans and legumes are widely avoided, as per Eastern European tradition.  This is why certain high-fructose corn syrup-dependent products, such as Coca-Cola and Fox’s U-bet chocolate syrup, make special batches with refined sugar, in order to maintain sales during Passover.  (Because of this seasonal change, certain food purists and enthusiasts, whether Jewish or gentile, buy these items in bulk during Passover.)

The most iconic Passover staple, matzo ball soup, is now in a class of its own.  No longer a week-long phenomenon, it is enjoyed year-round.  In fact, it is a very simple dish: all you have to do is make matzo balls, place them in a bowl with kosher chicken stock, and serve it!  Even spare dill sprigs or celery or carrot chunks can be considered superfluous.  Read More

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