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19 April 2006


That was a very delicious dessert (no surprise) and a lovely essay on remembering. I just heard the same thing (more or less) from a patient this AM who is the son of a rabbi. He said, we tell the same story for 5700 years: they tried to kill us, they failed, let's eat.
The cake is soft and crusty, sweet and intriguing, very special.

make every stroke count. Very applicable to so many things.

Great recipe! I am new to your blog and I like what I see. I look forward to your future work. Thanks.

Make every stroke count? Juggling...? I like your recipe writing. I can smell it. Delicious. I'm coming back to this one next time I want something chocolate and ambiguous - not a cake, not pudding, right?

And thanks for your comments about passover. You touched on much of what I love about the holiday. While the food is important, it ultimately serves as a supporting role to the story. Order, tradition - yes.

Great entry.

Thanks, I'm sure this cake is great :-)

Remembering--yes, yes, yes! What you write about Passover, remembering, loss, ansd tradition rings true as a steady bell! Thank you!

Many good things to say about this post:

Love the phrase "rogue Seder."

Find what you've written about tradition and remembrance very touching.

Think the dessert sounds delicious.

But the thing I noticed most was the great voice you have in the writing of the recipe. The recipe is full of personality. It also makes me think you must be a good teacher.

"judging matzoh balls"


If, like a tree, you are the new, green ring, than the old, dead ring you surround & grow upon all season long, will be what stiffens you against the angry winds. It will be what quickens you to swell with bud.

These accretion of rings "grow" from remembering into tradition.

Each of our lives are lent the strength of the Great Tree, even as each of our lives are given for the strength of the Great Tree.

May you remember & be wise. May you remember & grieve. May you remember & be green!

Remember the bristlecomb pine!

great post Shuna. I think the food at the seder moves us from just remembering to re-experiencing, as food often does. it has that way of bringing you back...
see you soon!

Shuna, if I wanted to substitute ground nut meal for the hazelnuts would I still use 6 ounces?

Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious! My husband's family serves a hazlenut strawberry shortcake every year that is always delicious. I think the hazlenut recipes are so much better than those made with motsa.

yes, any nuts will do! It's versatile! tell me about yours if you make it! and look-- no sifting!

I've always had a Passover Seder
at my house, in 2007 I will be in charge of feeding aprox 400 people!
Help! Any sugestions?? I want to do the Matza Ball Soup my way. I'm
really going to need help. I can't
make the Matza Balls ahead of time, can I? I'm starting to worry now....
Lots of garden salad-simple. Beef
and chicken. I liked your cake receipe. Any ideas would help. Nancy


Thanks for asking for my advice, but I've not made Passover for that many people. I would contact a Synogogue kitchen, or a Kosher caterer for that advice.

Best of luck!

hay i love wut u said it has influanced me to look at my religeon differently

Shuna, the recipe looks wonderful. Since we keep kosher, and will be having a meat meal for our seder, our dessert must have no dairy in it. Do you think that the butter in this recipe could be replaced by margarine (I know, nothing is as good as real butter)and the milk chocolate by a less rich chocolate?

Hello Darryl,

Yes, make all these changes and it should be absolutely fine. I would look for the richest margarine you can fine-- one preferably without transfats-- there are some "tubs" on the market these days which taste and bake better than what our choices used to be.

Glad you might be trying this-- every year it's what I make whether I want to or not and it's always a hit. Always a pleasure to see people enjoying it so.

Happy (almost) Pesach!

"make every stroke count"--that's sort of like "It works if you work it," right?
I'll keep coming back.

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