Beyond Hamentaschen for Purim

Wondering what foods you might include in your menu for Purim beyond traditional hamentaschen? First, think savory hamentaschen. Renowned author Leah Koenig gives us hamentaschen recipes with Sweet Potato-Parmesan and tomato-beef fillings. PURIM STARTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 AND ENDS AT NIGHTFALL ON THURSDAY, MARCH 24 What other food has fillings hidden inside, like hamentaschen? Kreplach. Also three-sided. Also with various fillings – chicken, beef, potato, veggies. Check out the recipe and diagrams from for making kreplach. For a true visual feast to think about sweets more … [Read more...]

Grown-Up Drinks for Purim

Adults-Only Purim Drinks

While we usually focus on offering ideas for kid-friendly celebrations, there is an adults-only component of Purim that you might like to try – if your kiddoes are spending the night with Grandma and Grandpa, for instance. PURIM STARTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 AND ENDS AT NIGHTFALL ON THURSDAY, MARCH 24 Purim does have a “mandate” to drink to the point where you can’t tell the difference between “cursed is Haman” and “blessed is Mordechai.” In fact, Megillat Esther (the scroll of Esther) features lots of drinking scenes, with an encouragement from Mordechai to celebrate through days of … [Read more...]

Purim Ideas for Fun Celebrations

Purim treats

If you’re a busy parent who wants to celebrate Purim with your kiddoes, but you are short on time (um, probably all of you, right?), check out these posts to choose a few ideas that make sense for you. PURIM STARTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 AND ENDS AT NIGHTFALL ON THURSDAY, MARCH 24 Start with our Purim Puzzler, to ground yourself in the basics. #1 Hamentaschen in Four Easy Steps This blog teaches my “secret” method to make hamentaschen without rolling pins and special cutters. It’s so easy! #2 Celebrating Purim at Home Celebrate the holiday with a little acting out of parts – and a meal, … [Read more...]

What You Said About Hamentaschen

Purim graggers while reading Megillat Esther

Our survey was entirely unscientific, but here’s what you said about Purim. Enjoy! What struck me was that, for families, the power of Purim is in the invitation to have raucous, laughing, celebratory fun – whether it’s parading as Queen Esther or listening to the Megillah (with graggers drowning out Haman’s name) or planning costumes. Hamentaschen preferences Poppyseed (mohn) – 38.46% (still my fave, too!) Prune – 15.38% Chocolate – 7.69% Jelly/jam – 30.77% Nutella – 23.08% Savory – 7.69% Other Apricot/raspberry Apricot   Do you roll out … [Read more...]

Wrestling with New vs. “Old” Hamentaschen

Purim cookies

I’m not talking about the hamentaschen vs. latke debates. There’s no question – choose both! What concerns me is my attitude toward hamentaschen. Can I expand my narrow view? Can I be truly open to new recipes? Since I generally only eat hamentaschen once a year, why would I want to deviate from my favorite (mohn – poppyseed) for myself and hubby or more kid-friendly versions (e.g., jelly-filled, chocolate-filled, Nutella-filled) for our little ones? I admit. I am incredibly drawn to some of the newer options. Like these mint chocolate hamentaschen, drizzled with chocolate … [Read more...]