Your Passover Morning Staple: Matzah Granola

Your Passover Morning Staple: Matzah Granola

The Jewish holiday of Passover arrives next weekend. A marker of spring and renewal, our week-long observance inspires the word-of-mouth retelling of our religion's roots. And while we are traditionally commanded to physically and metaphorically experience our ancestors' slavery through rituals of matzah-breaking and horseradish-eating and parsley-dipping, etc., I attest that our kosher-for-Passover breakfasts should not similarly "suffer."

St. Patrick's Dinner Party with Bella Vita

St. Patrick's Dinner Party with Bella Vita

St. Patrick's Day weekend, notorious for its rambunctious crowds and never-ending pitchers of beer,  is less than two weeks away! The holiday shouldn't just defer to green beer (though cheers to that!)—Its Irish heritage and homage to spring's arrival call for an elegant St. Patty's set-up. 

Mini Reuben Sliders

 
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During a season of sports championships and gatherings, these pretzel bun reuben sliders will please any fan—I was especially drawn to the pretzel tops' resemblance of football lace, so I knew they're be perfect to serve for the Super Bowl.

One bold bite, and you'll have a winning night despite the score on the screen!

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Makes 12 sliders

12 mini pretzel buns
12 slices swiss cheese
12 ounces pastrami (or corned beef, if preferred), shaved
1 jar sauerkraut
Thousand island or dijon dressing

1. Turn broiler on high. Slice pretzel buns in half and layer bottom halves with a slice of swiss, ounce of pastrami, and spoonful of sauerkraut. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

2. Broil sliders for 2-3 minutes, until cheese melts and buns turn golden brown. Serve with Thousand Island or grainy mustard dipping sauces.
 

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Swiss Chard & Herb Soup with Goat Cheese

Swiss Chard & Herb Soup with Goat Cheese

Just because the skies are grey and the temps are frigid doesn't mean the color and flavor of your meals need to diminish! This winter soup is bright and bold, utilizing the spice of Swiss chard, the fragrance of fresh herbs, and the sharpness of rich goat cheese.