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  • Recipe in Spotlight - Apple-Matzoh Kugel

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.

    This recipe is from my wife Hildy, who got it from her friend Jane in Connecticut.  Dessert is always the hardest part of the Seder meal, and this one is just sweet enough without being overpowering. It's so good, my wife brings it out even when it is not Peseach!  

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Kookoo Sabzi

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.

    This is a recipe from my mother-in-law, Lili Keypour, who was born and raised in Esfahan, Iran.   Kookoo is a Persian-style egg dish that is similar to an Italian frittata or a Spanish Tortilla Española (without the potatoes). Iranians make many, many different types with a variety of flavorings. The kookoo sabzi, flavored with a variety of herbs and tinted a deep green, is probably the most popular.  It is delicious, filled with vitamins and low in carbs.

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Apple Matzoh Pudding

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.

    My father's family used to serve my Aunt Glady's special noodle kugel for all the big family get togethers. But this combination of noodles, crushed pineapple, butter and sour cream was a diet disaster. As soon as my mom married my dad, they began hosting the Passover Seder and Glady's kugel was a thing of the past.

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Passover Birthday Brownies and Lemon Almond Coconut Cookies

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.

    In the Siegel house, Pesach 1993 gave fresh meaning to the egg on the seder plate. Shortly after the second seder, my mom went into labor and before sunset the next day I had a new baby brother and a new baby sister.

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Glazed Beef Brisket

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.

    This braised brisket recipe is a mash-up of various classic recipes with Julia Child.  Its secret comes from two things: using parsnips in the braising vegetables, which give the meat and juice a special sweetness; and clarifying the braising liquid and reducing it to a glaze that gives the meat a rich gloss and flavor.  Our seder table asks for more and, two years ago, my oldest daughter asked me for this recipe so she could serve it the first time she led a seder.

  • Recipes in Spotlight - “Birthday Worthy” Chocolate Passover Spongecake and “Worth the Potchkey” Passover Kugel

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Kosher for Passover Brownies

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

    This Passover recipe comes from my mom. When I was a little kid, I had these Passover brownies at a friend's house. I liked them so much that I had my mom call my friend's mom to get the recipe. She has been making them every year for me since. They are so delicious I would even eat them not on Passover.

  • Go-Go's Chicken Matzah Ball Soup

    Shira Miller's Matzoh Ball Soup

    Go-Go's Matzah Ball soup recipe, March 28, 2012. (Photo by Shira Miller)

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

    Passed down for generations in my father's family, this recipe is a time-honored tradition at our Passover Seder.  For as long as I can remember, my father has spent the days leading up to our Seder planning and preparing to make my Great Grandmother Go-Go’s Chicken Matzah Ball Soup from scratch.  Last year I made it myself for the first time and shared it with friends at a Passover celebration here in Washington, DC!