Passover Menu 2010

Matzoh & Karpas

Karpas – A green vegetable such as parsley, a springtime crop representative of rebirth and redemption is dipped in salt water.  The salt water reminds us of the tears our ancestors shed as slaves in Egypt.

Matzoh – We eat matzoh on Passover to remind us that our ancestors left Egypt in such haste, they could not wait for the bread to rise. Additionally, matzoh is the “bread of affliction” – the food of slavery, it reminds us to be humble and to appreciate our freedoms.


My brother, Don, is the leader. Everyone participates. We read from the Haggadah. We recite the blessings. We tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. My nephew, Stone, 7, asks The Four Questions. We sing. We drink. We eat. We laugh. We get teary-eyed. Our story is being retold all over the world on this day.

Here I share our Passover menu and some scenes from the Seder along with the significance of each ritual. And new this year: Come take a peek into our Seder. Watch a 45 second video clip of one of our Seder songs!

Since their marriage, Don and Kristy have been hosting our family’s First Night of Passover. While Kristy sets the most beautiful Passover tables, I have been the cook for all nine years (with lots of help from family and friends).

We have three Seder plates, two for the adult tables and one for the kids’ table.


The Seder Plate Includes:

Roasted Egg
Maror (horseradish)
Haroset (chopped apples, walnuts, cinnamon with red wine)
Chazeret (romaine lettuce)
Karpas (parsley)

HOME VIDEO – A Peek Into Our Seder

In this 45 second video clip we enjoy singing The Ballad of the Four Sons to the tune of “Clementine.”

The song is about telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt to satisfy the needs of four different types of people:

  • the wise son, who wants to know the technical details
  • the wicked son, who excludes himself (and learns the penalty for doing so)
  • the simple son, who needs to know the basics
  • the son who is unable to ask, the one who doesn’t even know enough to know what he needs to know

The Ballad of the Four Sons
wriiten by Ben Aronin in 1948

Said the father to his children,
“At the seder you will dine,
You will eat your fill of matzah,
You will drink four cups of wine.”

Now this father had no daughters,
But his sons they numbered four.
One was wise and one was wicked,
One was simple and a bore.

And the fourth was sweet and winsome,
he was young and he was small.
While his brothers asked the questions
he could scarcely speak at all.

Said the wise one to his father
“Would you please explain the laws?
Of the customs of the seder
Will you please explain the cause?”

And the father proudly answered,
“As our fathers ate in speed,
Ate the paschal lamb ‘ere midnight
And from slavery were freed.”

So we follow their example
And ‘ere midnight must complete
All the seder and we should not
After 12 remain to eat.

Then did sneer the son so wicked
“What does all this mean to you?”
And the father’s voice was bitter
As his grief and anger grew.

“If you yourself don’t consider
As son of Israel,
Then for you this has no meaning
You could be a slave as well.”

Then the simple son said simply
“What is this,” and quietly
The good father told his offspring
“We were freed from slavery.”

But the youngest son was silent
For he could not ask at all.
His bright eyes were bright with wonder
As his father told him all.

My dear children, heed the lesson
and remember evermore
What the father told his children
Told his sons that numbered four.

Passover Dinner
March 29, 2010


Kosher Wines
Olives and Mixed Nuts


Geri’s Gefilte Fish

Davida’s Chopped Liver with Pistachio

Kristy’s Haroset

Vicki’s Beet Salad, Fresh Horseradish & Matzohs

Hard Boiled Eggs


Chicken Soup with
Spring Vegetables & Herbed Matzoh Balls


Grilled Chicken, Apricots, Orange Ginger Glaze

Tomato Onion Beef Brisket

Red Bliss Potatoes, Haricots Verts, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil

Roasted Parsnips, Carrots & Shallots, Gremolata


Passover Cakes

Karen’s Matzoh Crisps

Vicki’s Macaroons
Fresh Fruit


Lori Lynn, Davida, Allison

“What Happens at the Seder Stays at the Seder!”


Jett, Stone & Austin help with Urechatz

Before eating a holiday meal, Jews perform a ritual hand washing and recite a blessing. During the Passover Seder, the hand washing is called urechatz and the blessing is not performed. Another ritual hand washing, complete with a blessing occurs later in the Seder proceedings. Urechatz is considered a preparation for eating karpas, which is the first thing served during the Passover Seder.

Matzoh & Maror

A blessing is recited over a bitter vegetable (horseradish). This symbolizes the bitterness of slavery. The maror is eaten with haroset, a mixture of apples, walnuts, cinnamon and red wine, which symbolizes the mortar used by our ancestors to build structures for Pharaoh.

Please stop by later in the week for some recipes from our Passover dinner!
A special thanks to my dear friend Peggy, for taking wonderful photos while we were busy in the kitchen.

30 thoughts on “Passover Menu 2010”

  1. lori lynn, thanks for including me in another wonderful seder. peggy did a great job of photo-documenting the event. i think this was the best menu yet. happy birthday, my dear friend! xoxo

  2. Awesome event. Sorry I had to miss it…again. We have to separate our high holy days from your high holy days… then I’ll be able to join you. I especially like the video. btw, I’m craving your Matzoh Balls.

  3. Lori Lyn, what an absolutely stunning seder dinner and setting. As always you have brought elegance and magic to your family gather. Thank you for sharing it all and not keeping everything that happened at the seder , at the seder.

  4. I can’t get over how gorgeous the table is!! Especially compared to mine — I had to jerry-rig a table large enough to fit 12 people (my dining room only fits 8, and *that’s* cozy)

    And of course, the whole meal looks delicious! Your chopped liver is certainly refined 🙂

  5. I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful Passover I had. As always everybody did an excellent job. The food, the table setting, the people are all above and beyond what I could expect. I am so greatful that I am part of this family and I want to thank you for making Passover so special for me. Love, Geri

  6. A belated HappyPassover to you and yours. Growing up I shared such special Passover meals with good friends. Your Passover Table brims over with goodness and shared love. The food is exquisite and its the gathering that elevates it.

  7. Although I doubt that most tables are as elaborate as Kristy’s (really gorgeous), I love that it doesn’t really matter where we are, if we do our seder in Hebrew or in English, the tradition lives strong.

  8. Happy Birthday LL! What can I say about this post other than you create beautiful memories with all your traditions starting from the table settings, the glorious food, (I want that matzoh ball soup!) but most of all your bond with family and friends.

    Hope all is well in your area with the news of the earthquake…

  9. I am @ a loss for words…(very unusual for me) Especially knowing that the world can read this note! Lori and I have walked this earth together since college…(20 years ago…right??)
    And we have shared sooooo many experiences; but participating in this experience, The Seder/Passover ranks at the top!
    Don and Kristy are the perfect hosts in every way; beautiful children,
    generous hearts, and a warm and inviting home! Thank You for inviting John & I.
    The weekend started for Lori & I eating lunch@ Joe’s In chicago…Yummy!
    Sunday, Lori included me in the preparation of food for the meal and I met the other
    two amazing women (and chefs) Allison & Davita! A Pleasure!!! And then Kristy, the stunning and beautiful Kristy, invited me to the Passover dinner!!! Tremendous…
    So, Thank You to all and especially to the greatest friend, Lori Lynn Hirschkovitz….
    Happy Birthday Lori! Love you…Engy (Alias Peggy)

  10. What a heart-warming post, Lori Lynn. I love stories of family meals and traditions like this. And I must say, that table looks exquisite. Thank you for sharing your family and Passover celebration with us.

  11. There’s barely any Jewish people here and I don’t know anyone personally, so I don’t know what the traditional greeting is for a Seder 🙁 Happy Passover, then! (I should really read something on Wikipedia…) But I have no doubt that you had one – just look at that amazing spread!

  12. What beautiful seder (and a fun video!) I had to show this to my husband, saying, “do you think we can clear out the living room and bring in extra tables to fit our whole family someday?” (To get all of them to sit respectfully through the seder is another story, which is why I’m not jumping up and down to do this anyway. My family is a bit split on religious observances.) Truly inspirational!

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