Delicious Matzo Ball Soup

Delicious Matzo Ball Soup

Passover is quickly approaching and I am excited because that I mean I get to have one of my favorite dishes- Matzo ball soup!

I was introduced to this soup after I married Dan. He makes it every Passover and whenever we are sick. His chicken stock aka Jewish Penicillin is key to making this soup taste amazing. 

I am sharing Dan’s recipe because I know you will all love it, even if you don’t celebrate Passover.

Ingredients

Chicken Stock

2 lbs of bone in chicken thighs

3 whole carrots

3 pieces of celery, whole

3 leek stems

2 whole turnips

3 whole parsnips

3 whole yellow onion

1 handful of parsley

1 handful of dill

1 tbs salt

Cracked black pepper to taste

1 box Matzo Ball Mix (prefer Manishewitz)

2 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

Salt chicken and add carrots, celery, leeks, turnip, onion, parsley and salt in a large stock pot. Fill with water and bring to a boil.

Let us boil for 30 minutes and reduce heat to a simmer for about 2-3 hours.

Strain stock and put chicken and vegetables in a separate bowl, put to the side.

Bring just the broth to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes.

Prepare matzo balls according to package directions. 

Pour hot chicken broth into a bowl and add matzo balls, add desired chicken and vegetables into soup. Crack black pepper to taste.

Spring is in the air and there is nothing better than a warm delicious bowl of matzo bowl soup to celebrate the holidays or to get rid of the sniffles.

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We can only have so many hot cocoa bars, hot cocoa bombs and traditional hot cocoas that I wanted to think outside the box.

Since this has been a mild winter in Upstate New York, I whipped up these easy frozen hot cocoa pops. They are the perfect treat to have after a day of playing outside or taking a break from virtual learning. If you are from a place with warmer climate, these pops are for you and your little ones!

It only requires two ingredients and the best part is I got them both at my favorite place, Dollar Tree!

All you need is chocolate pudding cups and mini marshmallows.

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You can also use popsicle molds like I used here.

Fill molds with marshmallows and fill with chocolate pudding. Freeze for about 2 hours and enjoy!

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I never met anyone who does not like fresh mozzarella, and if you are one of those people, I need to know why.

All you need is

  • Fresh romain lettuce
  • Marinated mozzarella balls
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  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

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Every place mozzarella and tomatoes all over lettuce.

Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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One of best parts about having a Jewish husband is getting to celebrate Hanukkah and making all the latkes. 

I would eat these regardless of the holiday, but it has become a tradition in our home and it just adds more to the holiday spirit. 

No matter what holiday you celebrate, I suggest you try these easy homemade latkes, also known as potato pancakes. They are made with simple ingredients and fun for your little ones to help with as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion shredded
  • 1 bag (20 oz) of Simply Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup corn oil for frying

Directions

  • Mix potatoes and onion. Add in the egg, salt and pepper. Mix everything well and set the batter aside while corn oil heats up.
  • Add corn oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a flat spatula and flatten to form a patty. Transfer about four patties to skillet. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Adjust heat if necessary. Repeat with remaining latkes.
  • Transfer cooked latkes to a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Serve with sour cream and applesauce.
  • Enjoy!
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Easy Homemade Latkes

These potato pancakes are made with simple ingredients and fun for your little ones to help with as well.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 20z bag of Simply Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup corn oil

Instructions
 

  • Mix potatoes and onion. Add in the egg, salt and pepper. Mix everything well and set the batter aside while corn oil heats up.
  • Add corn oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a flat spatula and flatten to form a patty. Transfer about four patties to the skillet. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Adjust heat if necessary.
  • Transfer cooked latkes to a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Serve with sour cream and applesauce.
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If you are not the baking type, these cookies are for you. Not only are they easy to make, your little ones will have fun making them!

These no bake Santa cookies have me all excited to get into the real serious cookie baking to come! I found this original recipe from Living Well Mom but added some changes to it.

Ingredients

Red food coloring

Yellow food coloring

12 graham crackers (6 sheets)

Red M&Ms

1 cup mini marshmallows (aka snowman poop!)

1 1/4 cup vanilla frosting

Red Dots candies (gumdrops)

2 cups shredded coconut flakes

Directions

  • Mix one drop of red food coloring in 1/4 cup white frosting. In a separate bowl mix 1 cup of white frosting with I drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring.
  • Frost one corner of each graham cracker with red frosting. Frost the rest of the graham cracker with the lighter frosting.
  • Use three mini marshmallows as a pom pom for the hat, cut red Dots in half and use as Santa’s nose and two red M&Ms for the eyes. Sprinkle coconut flakes as Santa’s beard.

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If you are not the baking type, these cookies are for you. Not only are they easy to make, your little ones will have fun making them!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • Red food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cup Vanilla frosting
  • 12 squares Graham cracker 6 sheets
  • Red M&M's
  • Red Dots candies Gumdrops
  • Mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups Shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Mix one drop of red food coloring in 1/4 cup white frosting. In a separate bowl mix 1 cup of white frosting with I drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring.
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Usually by now, Upstate New York would be pretty chilly, but instead we have been having 70 degree weather.

You heard me right, NEW YORK, not Florida.

I am in full Holiday Spirit mode but this weather is putting a bit of a damper on it because I can’t enjoy warm drinks and soups. I decided to make this ‘not so hot’ hot chocolate that is only 4 ingredients and quick to make.

4 ingredient whipped hot chocolate has the smooth velvety feeling with rich chocolate flavor. It is also versatile so you can enjoy this drink warm even when the weather does get cooler.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs hot chocolate mix
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz milk of your choice
  • chocolate syrup
  • marshmallows (optional)

Directions

  1. Whip together hot chocolate mix and heavy whipping cream. Use a mixer or frother.
  2. Add chocolate syrup to milk and mix. Use as much syrup as you want for sweetness preference.
  3. Spoon whipped chocolate on top of chocolate milk and garnish with marshmallows.
  4. For a warm drink, heat chocolate milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then tip with whipped chocolate.
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4 ingredient whipped hot chocolate has the smooth velvety feeling with rich chocolate flavor. It is also versatile so you can enjoy this drink warm even when the weather does get cooler.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp hot chocolate mix
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz milk of choice
  • chocolate syrup
  • marshmallows optional

Instructions
 

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