I can’t speak to what Passover is like in other homes, but in the Karon household we take it VERY seriously. Drinking all four glasses of wine is mandatory, no breaths are allowed in the middle of chad gadya, and my father elevates the hunt for the Afikoman to Olympic levels.
In recent years, we have even introduced props into the sedar. Two years ago we got foam children’s masks which have become a fan favorite. It has made family photo taking even more fun. This year I have a plan to play a Quarters inspired game with props that represent the ten plagues.
One thing that no Passover week can do without is candy matzah brittle. This is a treat that Jews and gentiles alike can enjoy, and it flies off the plates.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Coat with cooking spray. If you skip this step, your toffee WILL stick all over the aluminum foil and you will wind up mangling your brittle trying to separate them. Trust me, it happened. Cover the baking sheet with matzah, cutting and piecing together to fill the whole pan.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine two sticks of unsalted butter and 1 cup of tightly packed brown sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking and stirring for another 3 minutes until foamy and thickened. Immediately pour toffee over matzah and using a spatula, gently spread into an even layer.
Place pan into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the toffee topping is bubbling all over and remove from oven. Immediately scatter chocolate chips evenly over top. Wait 3-5 minutes for the chips to soften, then gently use a thin spatula to spread chocolate into an even layer. Transfer to refrigerator until the chocolate is firm, for about 30 or 40 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Below are some (low res- give me a break, they were taking on Blackberrys) pictures from Passover of recent years, including the year where we lost the haggadahs in the move and wound up reading the entire sedar on a combinations of iPhones and iPads (Apple saves Passover!)
Also click here for a classic Jib Jab cartoon all about Passover and matzah (includes such poetry as “Let my people go! That’s the anthem get your damn hands up!”)