Passover versus Easter

It’s always interesting to me to see how holidays are marketed at grocery stores.  This week at Whole Foods on the Bowery, I was at the butcher counter and noticed this:IMG_2602

IMG_2603So, Jews eat Lamb at Passover and Christians eat Pork at Easter?  Really?

As someone who has made, oh about 20 or so Passover meals, I always thought that traditionalists ate gefilte fish and brisket (beef) with the odd outliner making a turkey?

I thought lamb was a very Easter thing along with ham.  Not being a religious person it got me to thinking… what are your food traditions on these holidays?  

For Passover I got into the habit of making Shmura Matzah Lasagna that was from a Sicilian recipe that was supposed to be made with Carta Musica (also known as Pane Carasau) and made with a meat broth (lamb I think) I made it into a more straight up red sauce affair with lots of Parmesan and topped it with poached eggs.

So tell me what are you going to be making this Easter/Passover?



About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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4 Responses to Passover versus Easter

  1. Leslie-Anne says:

    Growing up we always had roast beef at Easter. Now my family prefers ham. Also, mashed potatoes, lots and lots of mashed potatoes. This year my fourteen year old daughter is vegan, so it looks like I will be making something with tofu.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Or just make several veg side dishes (which you probably do anyway) as opposed to something tofu special for her. Curious isn’t Tofurky available all year round now?

  2. reelcharlie says:

    Pennsylvania tradition declares Ham Loaf to be the winner:

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Thanks for the link cuz the first thing I thought when I saw Ham Loaf was: WTF is Ham Loaf? Actually if homemade with good meat it sounds really good: meat loaf with ham! What could be bad? 😉

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