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No Potato Passover (Win a free Cookbook!) (Updated)

Written by Aviva Kanoff on Wednesday, 14 March 2012. Posted in Food Mood

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We're kicking off this with our Passover recipes. It's not to early to start thinking what you'll be cooking. We'll be featuring bi-weekly passover posts so be sure to come back and check often. Our first post is aptly  named the No Potato Passover. Banish those potatoes this holiday and welcome in exciting new recipes that will enjoy cooking all year round - CookKosher

I started experimenting with food and art as a young child, my first concoction assembled using my highchair as a pallet. Needless to say, my experimentation at that point didn’t produce a culinary or artistic masterpiece; but as a fiercely determined child, I persevered. It got to the point where my parents couldn't leave the house without warning the babysitter, "Make sure Aviva doesn’t cook anything!” Despite their warnings, they returned to a culinary surprise, every time without fail. Finally, after years of salty chocolate cake and carrots floating in water, I mastered a few dishes and I was able to cook my first successful shabbos meal at the age of twelve. 
 
 
From that point on, my journey continued and I kept dabbling in the kitchen. I loved the feeling of accomplishment when my challah dough rose correctly, or a cake came out of the oven perfectly light and fluffy. I began to recreate food I tasted in restaurants or stores (I had yet to learn the value of the term "home cooked”). The process was all so exhilarating! 
 
 
After graduating from the French Culinary Institute and finishing my degree in Studio Art from Hunter College, over time I became a visual artist, author, and chef. I combined all of these passions, as well as my love of travel, to bring you the No Potato Passover, a unique blend of flavors from all over the world. Not only are the recipes in this book easy and delicious, they are mostly "low carb" and gluten free due to Passover dietary restrictions and the challenge of this book.No Potato Passover is also a vibrant expression of my travels and intrinsic artistic sensibilities. I’ve certainly come a long way from my highchair concoctions, and I know that your journey to culinary creativity will be just as fun as mine has been.
 

 

Here are a few exciting recipes from my cookbook! 

 

Spiced Chicken with Spicy Mango Salsa

So full of delicious flavor!
 

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Thought you can't make a good pareve cream soup? Think again!
 

Rosemary Walnut Crusted Salmon with Garlic Aioli

Bursting with taste!
 
 

Want to win a Aviva Kanoff's "No Potato Passover"? Leave a comment telling us what ingredient you use the most on passover. Is it matzah? Eggs? Potatoes?

 

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Aviva Kanoff

 

Aviva Kanoff is an artiste extraordinaire. She is a painter, photographer and mixed media artist. As a former student of the French Culinary Institute, Aviva's artistic approach led her to creative experimentation with food. After years of working as a personal chef, she's written her first book, The No-Potato Passover, combining her creativity with her intuitive understanding of flavors as well as her love of travel. You can buy the book at nopotatopassover.com or select judaica stores. Read more about her at avivakanoff.com.

Comments (98)

  • Blss52
    15 March 2012 at 00:53 |

    Eggs are so essential for pesach cooking.They are like tasty glue that help hold things together.

  • berla67
    15 March 2012 at 00:58 |

    Dozens and dozens of eggs!!!

  • Supermare
    15 March 2012 at 00:58 |

    Eggs, matza, and gefilte fish are the my most used ingredients.

  • DevorahJ
    15 March 2012 at 01:10 |

    Eggs! I use tapioca starch instead of potato starch since i had a potato-allergic kid

  • 6kidsmom
    15 March 2012 at 01:11 |

    potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, but if i win your cookbook, i could change that!

  • yadinoe
    15 March 2012 at 01:12 |

    eggs are a staple, as are matzo and cake meal and potato starch. Our other big ingredient is meat. Pesach is a very fleishig holiday.

  • Ronnie
    15 March 2012 at 01:12 |

    Eggs and oil

  • dbagan1
    15 March 2012 at 01:18 |

    Definitely EGGS, whether its for matzah brie, kugels, cakes, etc.. It is the key ingredient that can turn around any recipe!

  • cindyinjackson
    15 March 2012 at 01:21 |

    My Pesach shopping list usually consists of eggs, cottage cheese, and sweet recipe gefilte fish. I think I actually use eggs the most - they seem to go into just about everything. OY, my high cholesterol and Passover do not go so well together!

  • DSing
    15 March 2012 at 01:23 |

    wow these receipees soulds great!!!!!!!!!thanks I can't wait to try the fish

  • Bobbiesue47
    15 March 2012 at 01:24 |

    Eggs Eggs and more eggs. If you can't guess I use more eggs then anything else during passover.

  • chanacooks
    15 March 2012 at 01:31 |

    i'll let you know in a few weeks- this will be my first pesach that i am making and not just eating whatever is served to me. i have a wide selection of condiments just in case everything tastes bad.

  • Mom2MandJ
    15 March 2012 at 01:31 |

    Rice! (We're Sephardic) ;-)

  • SarahBrodsky
    15 March 2012 at 01:37 |

    Eggs!

  • mamasuz
    15 March 2012 at 01:40 |

    most important ingredient...LOVE! can't live without my farfel...and eggs

  • HeidiP
    15 March 2012 at 01:41 |

    Definitely, eggs.

  • Travelbuzz52
    15 March 2012 at 01:47 |

    Matzah Balls & farfel.. I can Live off it for passover expect everytime I turn around its gone. lol & Lets not forget cake since my Birthday is most every year on Passover. Cakes have come so far. I remeber one year we made 6.

  • naomivl
    15 March 2012 at 02:00 |

    I make my kids A LOT of matzah and egg combinations. However, my husband and I try to limit our egg and matzah intake and have developed a new "game" where we try a few new vegetarian dishes. If we are successful we carry the recipes over into our everyday. If we do not succeed, we blame it on the matzah meal!

  • AsTheNight
    15 March 2012 at 02:22 |

    Like most have said, I use eggs more than anything else during Passover. You can do a lot with eggs and they're always delicious.

  • RochelS
    15 March 2012 at 02:31 |

    Definitely eggs! We buy caseloads lol.

  • StaceyNY
    15 March 2012 at 02:40 |

    Would love to win this to impress my Mother In Law coming to our house for Passover for the first time.... Our most used ingredient??? Definitely Grated Parmesan... It HAS to be Miller's Brand.... I am even calling the company directly to order this year so the store does not run out!!! ;o)

  • cposen
    15 March 2012 at 02:40 |

    eggs win

  • bubbie617
    15 March 2012 at 03:01 |

    I would have to say that I use lots and lots of eggs during Pesach. Every year I promise myself that I'm not going to do special cooking for the holiday. For dinner, I can make a protein, a salad, a baked potato or sweet potato and a green vegatable. So why do I make all the Passover specialties we love so much? It certainly makes it a more fattening holiday, but we look forward to it every year.

  • BrokerTov
    15 March 2012 at 03:18 |

    Quinoa! and cottage cheese, onions, apples, and of course eggs. We do lots of milchiks lunches, so we go thru lots of salmon, cheese and more eggs I suppose!

  • ilysen
    15 March 2012 at 03:41 |

    Definitely eggs

  • ohyoucook
    15 March 2012 at 03:48 |

    It's a tie between 5 dozen eggs and 5 pounds of matzoh.

  • chayala96
    15 March 2012 at 03:55 |

    Potatoes, eggs & chicken

  • OvertimeCook
    15 March 2012 at 04:07 |

    I'd have to say it's a tie between eggs and potatoes. Possibly eggs wins if you count desserts.

  • Hopeschild
    15 March 2012 at 04:47 |

    Eggs, oil and Matzah.. :)

  • sjbrody
    15 March 2012 at 07:02 |

    Eggs of course and Potatoes (but hope I win so I can change that) and good old multi purpose Mince Meat!!!!!

  • DevoraS
    15 March 2012 at 07:06 |

    Definitely eggs! I think last year I went through 5 trays of 30 eggs and my kids were only 5, 4 and 2!!!

  • HBF
    15 March 2012 at 10:38 |

    Eggs, then oil and matza...

  • shayndya
    15 March 2012 at 10:53 |

    Most used ingredient is EGGS for sure! I go through 2 cases and we're just 5 people!

  • Diet
    15 March 2012 at 13:01 |

    Potatoes! Maybe if I win this cookbook it won't be potatoes this year :)

  • whisktyler
    15 March 2012 at 13:14 |

    Potatoes, matzo, matzo meal and use prunes to help people who get constipated from all the matzo lol

  • ellenspurplebear
    15 March 2012 at 13:21 |

    I generally go thru about 7 dz eggs and 15 pounds of onions. these are my most used items. I also go thru 10 pounds of potato- my kids tell me it is not passover without the potatoes

  • mimi123
    15 March 2012 at 13:44 |

    Eggs, eggs & eggs again!!( and loads of chocolate for noshing)

  • alla4you
    15 March 2012 at 14:04 |

    Generally we use a lot of matzos and eggs. My mom used to make the best fried matzos in the world. I just wait for Passover to enjoy this dish.

  • hancla3
    15 March 2012 at 14:51 |

    Eggs would be the most used, especially if I can get some fresh ones.

  • rozebush
    15 March 2012 at 15:00 |

    oy, its a tie between potatoes and eggs. I need to win that cookbook. Keep the potato from being an endangered species. SAVE THE POTATO!

  • Debra
    15 March 2012 at 15:29 |

    Eggs....a ew years ago used 50 dozen

  • kasd
    15 March 2012 at 15:43 |

    Eggs, matza, potato ... hear, hear "Rozebush"!

  • shoba
    15 March 2012 at 18:08 |

    potatoes, onions and meat - for every meal!

  • INSPIREME
    15 March 2012 at 18:34 |

    Matzoh, potatoes, eggs..

  • alibarnett
    15 March 2012 at 19:28 |

    I love using quinoa and almond flour!

  • laydee
    15 March 2012 at 20:52 |

    potatoes and chicken!

  • rgc
    15 March 2012 at 23:14 |

    eggs - no question! everything else is made WITH eggs!

  • miritaub
    16 March 2012 at 02:16 |

    I most definitely use eggs and potatoes most. It's welcoming to see a recipe book published with lots of recipe ideas, less the potatoes. Looking forward....

  • aniszys
    16 March 2012 at 02:35 |

    Lots of eggs!!!! and matza

  • EssMeinKind
    16 March 2012 at 03:02 |

    You've gotta crack it up to eggs by the dozen!

  • catlover10940
    16 March 2012 at 10:47 |

    I use lots of farfel. Kugels, granola, in soups for crunch.

  • smartcookie
    16 March 2012 at 17:34 |

    Eggs is the winner! IT TAKES UP 1/3 OF MY PRECIOUS REFRG SPACE and i always have to replenish 2nd days with MORE eggs.

  • malkie
    16 March 2012 at 21:18 |

    eggs

  • cappuccino
    18 March 2012 at 01:51 |

    Definitely eggs :) Need I say more?!

  • dora
    18 March 2012 at 03:08 |

    eggs and potatoes, I need this book to change that.

  • koochy
    18 March 2012 at 09:04 |

    Eggs & Potatoes. (Hopefully maybe I can change that).
    --A typical pesach menu; Breakfast-eggs, Lunch-potatoes/eggs--
    Not much different than anyone else.

  • number1chef
    18 March 2012 at 12:21 |

    Definitely use eggs and potato starch...

  • teachright
    18 March 2012 at 17:10 |

    eggs and with your cookbook ill erase my 2nd top ten ingredients mostly used on pesach which of course is potatoes!!! thanx

  • chocolate
    19 March 2012 at 02:48 |

    eggs and potato starch-thats forsure

  • mushi
    19 March 2012 at 14:55 |

    really good quality peel able fresh vegetables, my home grown herbs, kosher salt...add that with / or, to, meat, fish, eggs, potatoes or whatever your customs are for Pesach, that's all that's need to make just about anything wonderful for Pesach... guess I went beyond the one ingredient :)

  • mushi
    19 March 2012 at 14:57 |

    really good quality peel able fresh vegetables, my home grown herbs, kosher salt...add that with / or, to, meat, fish, eggs, potatoes or whatever your customs are for Pesach, that's all that's needed to make just about anything wonderful for Pesach... guess I went beyond the one ingredient :)

  • ngolovin
    19 March 2012 at 14:59 |

    eggs, matzah meal, oil

  • Getmeoutofthekitchen
    20 March 2012 at 00:43 |

    POTATO STARCH

  • RachaelGR
    20 March 2012 at 01:45 |

    eggs, onions, carrots and raisins. not all in the same dish.

  • scook
    20 March 2012 at 15:53 |

    eggs is probably used most, in so many different versions- cooked, separated, mashed, beaten...!

  • chaviegifter
    20 March 2012 at 17:01 |

    Matzah with butter is my favorite

  • TzippyG
    20 March 2012 at 18:28 |

    Eggs and onions. Also cauliflower!

  • Chanee
    20 March 2012 at 18:43 |

    matzoh. nothing beats matzoh and butter.

  • Chayaw
    20 March 2012 at 19:07 |

    I use lots of eggs, lots of matzah, less potatos.

  • AbbyPires
    20 March 2012 at 19:32 |

    Eggs in evey form, lots and lots and lots... of unleavened "matzah" tortillas, greens, olive oil, sea salt, and peanut butter!

  • mommyrenee
    20 March 2012 at 20:17 |

    Eggs & potatoes! However, I always try new recipes every Passover and, usually, come up with ones that everyone requests to be made again! Hope to win the cookbook - would love some new recipes from you!

  • rebecs25
    20 March 2012 at 20:26 |

    between eggs and potatoes- it's very close. I'd go with eggs!

  • lkirshstein
    20 March 2012 at 20:41 |

    eggs!!!

  • Voira
    20 March 2012 at 22:26 |

    We eat the most Matzah!!!!

  • ohyoucook
    20 March 2012 at 23:26 |

    6 dozen eggs. Oy!

  • frugalandsane
    20 March 2012 at 23:54 |

    chicken soup

  • flourgirl
    21 March 2012 at 04:16 |

    Eggs eggs and more eggs!!!!!!

  • gioana
    21 March 2012 at 13:34 |

    Lots and lots of egg whites, potato, and chicken...

  • Bizzy
    21 March 2012 at 14:33 |

    Eggs and eggs. The more veggies, I use, the less eggs, though so this is going to be a vegetable year. We will still have kugels and desserts.

  • RivkyT
    21 March 2012 at 16:49 |

    Eggs!!! seems like i'm in good company :)

  • Yadler
    21 March 2012 at 19:02 |

    Onions, tons of eggs and potatoes, But with out the onion I would not survive

  • LPK226
    21 March 2012 at 23:49 |

    eggs, and fresh veggies - if it's possible (as a vegetarian), I eat more salad on Pesach then the rest of the year.....

  • tmccloud1
    22 March 2012 at 01:38 |

    I use a lot of Almonds, and other nut products, and seasonings like Cardamom

  • Broniemom
    22 March 2012 at 02:14 |

    Sweet potatoes and eggs. To save our health, I use many egg whites. Thank you for these cookbook give aways.

  • gdiddy
    22 March 2012 at 02:23 |

    Tons of veggies. Especially asparagus, onions, sweet potatoes, cabbage and carrots. Eggs are always a go to as well as potato starch

  • dkny
    22 March 2012 at 03:58 |

    Eggs, eggs and more eggs. I start with a case of 15 dozen and usually add on at least 10 dozen more. Onions is a close second.

  • ShaindyN
    22 March 2012 at 12:42 |

    Egss and potatoes are my pesach staple!

  • AidelK
    22 March 2012 at 13:41 |

    Eggs and potato starch. And by the end of Pesach, no one wants to see them again for a while.

  • Blima
    22 March 2012 at 16:23 |

    eggs and vegetables.

  • INSPIREME
    23 March 2012 at 02:05 |

    Eggs, Potatoes and Matzoh

  • plums
    26 March 2012 at 17:08 |

    eggs and potatoes ( i am not big fan of potatoes so would love the book for sure).

  • ellabella
    26 March 2012 at 17:44 |

    eggs, eggs, eggs

  • knit1bake2
    27 March 2012 at 15:34 |

    Eat clean so to speak, that is very similar to a usual menu but no bread or flour. Must admit we become honorary Sephardim and eat rice and such. My kids obsess with Matza Pizza but this year I may try Mirriyummy's husband's pizza recipe. I love to make a version of chocolate chewie cookies using 2 T of potato starch in place of flour.

  • sbg18
    29 March 2012 at 15:06 |

    It seems that I run out of both matzah and eggs every year, no matter how many I stock up on at the beginning. Plus jam for all the matzah brei (and there go the matzah and eggs!).

  • cookinmomma
    29 March 2012 at 16:53 |

    Definitely Eggs!! Oo oo and Matzoh we go through a ton of that too!!

  • lkeehn
    30 March 2012 at 22:26 |

    The most useds single ingredient is eggs like many people said but The largest group of foods I use are Vegetables. Most vegetables are kosher for passover so it's not fake food. I can use most of my regular recipes and some new ones. Just good, fresh and healthy food. Counter acts some of the cake and matza eating.

  • jillibilli
    31 March 2012 at 13:28 |

    Eggs, eggs, eggs and matzo, matzo, matzo. Those are Pesach staples!

  • goldiehateslox
    01 April 2012 at 07:36 |

    EGGS!i try 2 use as many fruits and vegies as possible...

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