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Passover 2021, year two of the 11th plague


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After serving Significant Eater the main course, she said: "I'd really be happy with just another bowl of soup and a matzo ball." For lunch the following day, I made matzo ball ramen, doctoring u

Planning on homemade gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup, potato kugel, hard boiled eggs in saltwater, and a green salad. There's a shop in my sister's neighborhood that makes charoset ice cream, and now I

Fisher is a fictional construct, happily for him.  Just to put the blame where it deserves to rest, joe's supplier was Michael Solomonov.

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I've got leftovers for weeks, but happily, everything came out pretty good. The gefilte fish was a little hard - maybe I should have boiled it longer. Matzoh balls get softer the longer they're cooked; maybe gefilte fish does, too. The bagels were fine, not as light as they should've been, but I break them up into the soup anyway, so...they're fine. The potato kugel was awesome and very knish-like, so I put mustard on it. Works good! And I managed to not crack my grandma's "woman of the year" plate from the Jewish Center of Violet Park, so this year was better than last year in that respect.


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7 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

This was so much work for me to have dinner by myself that if it didn't have millennia of religious tradition behind it I'd wonder why the fuck I would do it.

I did it the easy way; all I have to worry about is botulism.

The fact the food isn't as good as mine is a minor inconvenience.

Though I don't make my own matzo, and his is good.

Two items stood out: the chicken soup and matzo balls (which I count as one item) were very good. The chicken soup had that extra, well, salt.  And the brisket was under salted.

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17 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

This was so much work for me to have dinner by myself that if it didn't have millennia of religious tradition behind it I'd wonder why the fuck I would do it.

Doesn't matter if it's  Seder for 3 or 20, the work is the same; the difference is the size of the pots and pans. Every year I say it's the last time I doing it. 

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But in a way, that's what I'm saying.  If I were having 9 or 10 friends over, I could see there might be a reason for all this labor.  Just for myself, I'm not sure I see how it's worth it.

(I now realize that the difference is that, cooking for myself, I never bother with multicourse meals.  I make a main dish and a side dish, and that's it.  None of the individual dishes I made for last night's seder was that difficult in itself.  But it was like cooking three dinners for one night for me -- and then trying to coordinate when they'd all be ready.) (And yeah, a lot of it was cooked ahead [I mean, you HAVE to cook brisket ahead, right?].  That doesn't really change anything:  you have to reheat.)

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I don't mind cooking a mess of stuff for me (or me + 1), as long as the eating part isn't over too quickly. For Thanksgiving and Passover this year, it was useful to be on a Zoom call for the meal, 'cause it felt like the amount of time I spent cooking was justified by the amount of time I spent eating.

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For me, cooking two Seder meals at home (in NJ) for Michael and me has been a drastic change. We gave up doing Seders several years ago. Instead, we’ve stayed in our apartment and gone to restaurants serving Passover dinners (not Kosher): one night just the two of us, the other night with our daughter, son-in-law, his sister, and her husband.

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9 minutes ago, small h said:

Oh! Interesting. How come? The seder part of our seder was barely an hour, so it felt necessary to have some conversation after.

We had a looooonnnnnngggggg chat period beforehand.

I think we all got off because many of us -- very much including me -- had to do stuff in the kitchen to finalize the food.

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I deZoomed before the meal because I couldn't deal with the cacophony from the Seder itself.  My friends and their relatives can be a little trying in person--everything is a commentary--but on Zoom it was just too much.  And I didn't want to be hanging out on a laptop as we were eating.

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Boy shared with us everything he’s learned in school. Glad to see that all that money we’re spending on tuition is paying off. 

First night corned beef came out a little dry - I used first cut as opposed to my preferred second. Chicken Marbella on night two was better. Happy with all my kugels and sides. Solomonov red pepper salad is really good. I have so much food left over , it’s crazy. Chicken soup was really good. Frankly, I would be ok with just soup and a matzoh ball and nothing else.

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