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I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home.


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2017-04-05 Unleavened recipes:

 Hi Icey,    You are correct, unleavened bread (and anything baked) should not contain leavening agents (yeast, baking powder, or baking soda) during the Passover holiday. You really can't make any "bread"

2016-04-24 oatmeal:

Hi Jennifer,    It depends on you are  whether you are Ashkenazic or Sephardic.  I believe Sphardic Jews may be allowed to eat oatmeal during Passover, but you should check on that.    Although oats is

2015-01-19 Magel Jewish Stuffing:

 Hi Giuliana,    Like any stuffing recipe, this recipe open to whatever additions or changes you'd prefer (such as garlic, carrot, parsley herbs, etc.), depending on your own personal tastes.     1 cup

2015-01-19 Jewish Stuffing:

 Hello again Giuliana,    To the best of my knowledge, the name for stuffed neck in the USA is called HELZEL,  and in England it's called MAGEL. I think Magel and Mengala might be the same thing, but

2015-01-19 Magel Jewish Stuffing:

 Hi Giuliana,    Margarine or any of the vegetable oil can definitely be used as a substitute for Schmaltz, but some say that clarified butter works as a good substitute too.     Here is a recipe for


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