This upcoming week those of us in the Western world get a special holiday twofer–Passover and Easter. Two great tastes that…well, don’t necessarily go together. Unless you’re me, and you grew up celebrating both holidays.
Fortunately my Jewish family doesn’t keep kosher. We’d have seders, but the ban on bread, pasta, breakfast cereal, rice, corn, etc. wasn’t enforced. But while we didn’t give things up, I always embraced matzo. These days, sarah.of.a.lesser.god and I are totally Team Matzo. It’s crunchy, it’s starchy, it goes well with peanut butter and jelly, cream cheese, humuus, runny brie—anything you can schmear. Plus it has a shelf life of, like, 200 years, so you can buy a couple boxes at Passover and enjoy it for months.
Otherwise, for a carb-lover like me, Passover is not a great eating holiday. Fortunately, my mother’s family is Christian, which meant church with my grandparents and going face-down into an Easter basket full of candy, which my mom and grandma made for me every year. MamaSharper and I are devoted to marshmallow Peeps, although we disagree about the best way to eat them. My mother likes to rip open the wrapping so they can air out and get kind of dried and chewy. I like them super-squashy, right out out of the package (although I will not turn down the aged variety). But the best Easter candy ever made is Reese’s Eggs, which improve on the already fantastic Reese’s Cups by increasing the peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio so you get more sweet, salty, slightly grainy peanut-y goodness in every bite. For me, an Easter egg will always be a Reese’s Egg.
Do you have a favorite Easter/Passover nom? Plz to share…