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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 19, 2019 PAGE 7A By Shannon Sarna I tablespoon vegetable shortening or vegetable oil pinch salt (The Nosher via JTA)--I love rainbow cookies. Love. And For the filling: they are a serious obsession for my entire family. So when I raspberry jam made thisrecipe Passover-friendlylastyear, itwasawonderful, Special equipment: 3 square baking pans, offset spatula, delicious game-changer for our Passover celebrations, food scale. Simply replace the regular flour with 1/2 cup matzah cake Directions: meal and 1/2 cup almond flour (note: not almond meal). 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease your pans. Add parch- To make this recipe non-dairy, simply replace the 1/2 cup ment paper to bottom of each pan. Grease again and add butter with 1/2 cup nondairy shortening or margarine, light dusting of matzah cake meal. Tap pan to remove any You will need three 8-by-8-inch square pans to make this excess flour. recipe (you can buy disposable if you don't want to invest in 2. Using a hand mixer (or whisk attachment to stand mixer), buying pans). I also strongly recommend using a food scale mix eggs and sugar until thick and yellow. Add crumbled to measure the quantity of batter in each layer, almond paste and combine. Ingredients: 3. Add melted butter (or margarine), matzah cake meal, For the cake: almond flour, salt and vanilla. 4 eggs 4. Divide batter into 3 equal amounts. (Try using a food I cup white sugar scale if eyeballing is too difficult.) Leave one plain. Add green 4 ounces almond paste, broken into little pieces or processed food coloring to one batch of batter. Add red food coloring to in food processor for 30 seconds the other batch of batter. 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter or margarine 5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes, 1/2 cup matzah cake meal or until just set and no longer wet in the middle. 1/2 cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal) 6. Allow to cool completely. 1/2 teaspoon salt 7. Place chocolate, shortening and pinch of salt in a glass 1/2 teaspoon kosher-for-Passover vanilla extract bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals until melted. Stir red and green food coloring (about 8 drops each) vigorously to ensure there are no clumps. For the chocolate glaze: 8. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a platter or I cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips baking sheet. Add red cake layer to parchment paper. Spread Passover rainbow cookies. Shannon Sarna thin layer of raspberry jam. Top with white layer. Add another thin layer of raspberry jam. Top with green cake. 9. Carefully spread half the melted chocolate on top. Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or until completely hard. 10. Turn over and spread remaining chocolate on other side. Place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight. 11. Trim edges and slice into cookies. Serves 18-24 cookies. Shannon Sarna is the editor of The Nosher. By Oiga Chernov-Gitin Americans, he hears the First Person words "when I was little " from us a lot. It's followed by (Kveller via JTA)--My son is a comparison of how different 41/2,adelightfulagewhenhe his American childhood is is still full ofsometimes gram- from our Soviet childhoods: matically incorrect sentences everything from toys and food, that provide a glimpse into to freedom of religion and the magical and unique way celebrating diversity. that children see the world. In Once we went to our local everything, my husband and Chabad for a model mat- I look for teaching moments, zah baking. At the end, the Our policy is to tell the truth, kids received real shmurah even if we need to simplify it matzah, and the rabbi even a little bit. mentioned to us that it comes Like most first-generation from Dnepropetrovsk, in Ukraine. (When I was little, to celebrate Pesach and eat slavery, freedom of refugees/ there were no matzah baker- matzah," I said."In the Soviet Americans by choice like us to ies in Dnepropetrovsk.) That Union, the government didn't be Jewish, and most recently, morning, as I was getting want Jews to celebrate their freedomofself-determination my tortilla out of the fridge, holidays. We couldn't go to forJewsinUkraine, whojoined I mentioned to Will that once the library and learn to make Ukrainians of all backgrounds Passover starts, I won't be matzah. And Jews couldn't toproclaimthatthey, too, want eating any tortillas and we even speak Yiddish in public, to live free of corruption and giggled about the difficulty Canyouimaginewhatitwould outside political influence. of spreading peanut butter belikeifyouwereonlyallowed My son is the new genera- and jelly on matzah without to speak Russian at home and tion that will not know politi- breaking it. never, ever outside?" cal oppression and religious Somewhat thoughtfully, Confused surprise flashed suppression. He is the pure Will remarked: "You'll prob- across my son's face. generation that hears about ablybe reallysickofmatzahby "Is that why everyone only things so unthinkable to him the end of Pesach! Aaaaaand, remembers some words inthat he probably assumes we you can't have pancakes!" Yiddish but not all?" he asked, exaggerate. Watching him Even though I was already "And is that why you want growupfreeandteachinghim risking being late for work, I me to speak Russian? So I what it means to be Jewish is decided that the moment was don't forget it like they forgot an honor and a joy. It is some- right to share my thoughts on Yiddish?" thing I do openly, buying Jew- Passoverwithmysonsincehe Bingo! A connection hadish books in Barnes & Noble had brought it up. been made. It was imperfect, and celebrating holidays in "You know what? You're but I'll take it. public spaces. right, by the end, I do miss I came back to eating mat- These are such simple real bread," I said. "But you zah. Yes, I miss hametz by things, yet so unthinkable for know what else? I'm really about Day 5. But the truth is, my parents and grandparents. happy when I eat matzah. It Passover is one of my favorite Theymanagedtopassonwhat remindsmethatI'mfreetoeat holidays precisely because it little they knew out of sight itandfreetocelebratePesach, celebrates freedom. Freedom andwith some apprehension. DidyouknowthatwhenIwas of my Jewish people from I eat matzah for them, to be little, we weren't allowed to?" Aha! I saw the spark of interest in his eyes; my cue to continue. "When I was little, and even when Grandma Yana was little, we weren't allowed Olga Chernov-Gitin reminded that Jewish freedom comes with a heavy price. But in today's America, passing on the significance of that freedom is both my luxury and my responsibility. Olga Chernov-Gitin is a first-generation American who lives with her husband and two children in Con- shohocken, Pennsylvania. Includes Everything You Need to Regain Your Freedom At just 2.8* Ibs, the Inogen One G4 is the ultralight portable oxygen concentrator you have been waiting for. The Inogen One G4 is approximately half the size of the Inogen One G3. Meets FAA Requirements for Travel Inogen 1-877-4tl6- 2333