So many holidays seem to revolve around eating or not eating specific things. Turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, latkes for Hanukkah, and nothing with leavened bread or regular flour for the week of Passover. Yeah, that's right- no pasta for a whole week.
If you aren't familiar with Passover, it's a Jewish holiday that lasts for 8 days. It's in part a celebration of the Pharaoh freeing the Jews from slavery; he and the rest of Egypt suffered through 10 plagues until he finally gave in and told the Jews to get out of dodge.
The Jews didn't want to give him time to change his mind, so, led by Moses they hurried out of Egypt, across the briefly parted Red Sea (hi-five Moses!)
They left in such a hurry, they didn't have time to let the bread they made for the journey rise! Because of this, during Passover, observant Jews don't eat leavened bread or regular flour, in order to remember how God freed their ancestors from slavery in Egypt.
If you'd like to read more about Passover, including the meaning of its name, I would suggest Chabad.org. You can find the full Passover story here.
It's been awhile since I've observed Passover and gone to a Seder dinner, and I've never made it through a full 7 days without slipping up and eating a sandwich or cookie without thinking- I guess it's because my family has always observed the gifting and feasting holidays more-so than the ones involving fasting and denial.
Anyway, so here's the scoop: I found a neat little bundle of my gram's favorite Passover recipes, and I've decided to make a week of Passover recipes. Even if I don't keep Kosher for Passover, I thought it would be fun to try out some of these recipes- and who doesn't love an excuse to eat a good bowl of matzo ball soup?
So come back on the 29th, and I'll have some matzo balls ready!