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...]

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...]

Purim Puzzler – Take our Quickie Quiz

masks for Purim

Like all great stories, the Purim tale features villains and heroes, threats of extermination and extreme bravery. Purim definitely falls into the tongue-in-cheek definition of Jewish holidays: they tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat. In addition to reading the scroll of Esther in synagogue, we celebrate by wearing costumes, making delicious treats to share with friends and neighbors, giving charity, and over-imbibing (for those who observe that custom). If you're brainstorming recipes and costumes now, check out our Purim - Masks, Noisemakers Pinterest page for lots of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Purim at Home

There are lots of Purim traditions that take place in synagogues. Purim carnivals. Purim parades. Purim costumes. Reading megillat Esther (the book of Esther). Planning a Purim Party We also love the idea of making merry in your home. If you have cooking-age children, here’s one fun way to bring the customs to life: 1. Invite your kids’ friends in the morning to bake hamentaschen, the tri-cornered pastries that look like Haman’s (the bad guy’s) hats.  A group of 5-8 is about the right size, so that everyone can have a kitchen surface for creating his/her own masterpieces. 2. Find a … [Read more...]