Another Side of Passover

Passover foods reflect biblical dietary laws, and remind us what the Israelites ate during their 40-year sojourn in the desert.
The Holiday
Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

Passover is a holiday with distinctive food themes, and various rules govern what may be eaten during the eight-day observance.

Yet some Passover dietary rules shift and change according to the background and traditions of the family celebrating the holiday.

In America, most people who celebrate Passover are of European descent. But an increasing influx of Arabic and Spanish Jews has brought new influences that impart an out-of-the ordinary side to the traditional holiday foods. Their recipes continue to add variety to the inclusive cultural tastes of Passover.

Try our Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls. There's nothing better when you're feeling under the weather than homemade chicken soup. Adding hearty matzo balls to the broth is a Passover tradition, but this soup is also perfect for any blustery day.

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