Celebrate Both Passover and Easter? Let Me Know


Does your family celebrate both Passover and Easter? Well — they both fall on the same weekend this year. So whatever will you do when it comes to meals? Clean out the cupboards and then serve a ham? Hardly! (Or maybe you will!) Maybe a roast chicken is in order? Will you go vegetarian? For an upcoming story, we want to know what your plans are when it comes to celebrating the holidays at the table. Leave a comment below, or email me at ewjohnson@lohud.com. Thanks!


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Marinated butterflied leg of lamb, grilled with haricourtes vertes and potatoes has been a family Easter tradition for years.

  2. Yikes, didn’t even realize they are on the same weekend. We usually do the whole Italian thing on Easter which usually involves some type of pasta (borgatti ravioli http://borgattis.com or home made lasagna with gravy not “sauce”!) and then lamb. As far as Passover goes, now I am not sure what we will do. My in-laws ususally return from Florida and my 93 year old father-in-law still cooks and hosts!

  3. When my kids were young and the two holidays fell on the same weekend we would try to celebrate with foods from both religions. So I have indeed made matzoh ball soup and Easter ham along with the Passover plate.

  4. Passover takes precedence in our house since my DH is a non-observant Christian. That said…he is an Italian boy who has very fond memories of his mother’s Easter Wheat Pie. I’ll bake that for him before Passover. It’s made with ricotta cheese and wheat berries.
    The Passover/Easter quandary is only one of my challenges at the holiday time. We have vegetarians, and picky kids too. For our Seder I cook a very traditional matzoh ball chicken soup for some of us and then a vegetarian matzo ball soup for my vegetarian daughters and son-in-law. The picky kids get no soup and chicken fingers crusted with matzo crumbs. Everyone comes together in agreement on toffee matzo crunch and Passover fudge brownies (both from Marcy Goldman’s cookbook)

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