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Charoset and other Passover Delights

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Happy Passover! I may have been raised Catholic, but thanks to my "Jewish Mother" Regina Barton, I can still cook a decent seder. My mother still teases me about my slurred summary of my first Passover, "You say a prayer, you drink some wine. You say a prayer, you drink some wine. You say a prayer, you drink some wine. I'm going to bed." I was twelve.

Spelled either Charoset, Haroset, or Charosis, this sweet dish symbolizes the mortar used by the slaves to assemble bricks. In spite of the sad story, it was always my favorite dish. Mrs. Barton was kind enough to take time out from cooking her brisket this year to send me her recipe. These are her directions, verbatum.

Recipes after the jump