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  Subject :First Pesach Panic!!!
03/10/2012 21:02 
knaidel
Joined: 03/02/2011 01:36
Posts: 45
OK, it's not REALLY my first Pesach. I was raised observant. But I never actually had to make Pesach independently and I didn't anticipate having to do so anytime soon, either. My mother always invited the married kids to come back whenever they wanted, and I always looked forward to getting together with them back home. But now I'm married only a couple of years and it looks like she's giving up that game and going away herself. I feel guilty for resenting it because why should she work so hard for everyone else and never get a break, but frankly I'm panicked for myself! This is my first year with a toddler who gets into everything so even just cleaning feels like a nightmare this year, and now I just found out I will probably have to do all my own cooking too! I don't have any pesach pots or anything, and I don't know how to make all the pesach foods we like... actually I don't think I've ever made any meat at all, we never eat it on ordinary days and we have always been invited out for holidays.

AAAAAUUUUUGH!
  Subject :Re:First Pesach Panic!!!
03/11/2012 19:41 
njmom
Joined: 12/13/2010 16:35
Posts: 107
Wow that a lot of work to do it all in one year. First thing, you don't need more than 4 pots - a skillet, a large soup pot, a saucepot and a low covered pot. You can also invest in a grill pan, which makes for great grilled chicken. One thing I wouldn't skip on is a food processor, from potato kugel, to cucumber salad, so many things need a food processor.

I would go through the recipes you like eating all year round and see what can be cooked on pesach. Also, do you used processed ingredients or do you have to make everything yourself?
  Subject :Re:First Pesach Panic!!!
03/11/2012 22:52 
knaidel
Joined: 03/02/2011 01:36
Posts: 45
I'm breathing a little easier because I thought the in-laws were also going away and now it seems they're not, and they're inviting us for one set of yomtov days. So at least I don't have to worry about making a lonely independent seder (or two.)

If my mom is really going away for all then I can borrow some of her stuff, like the food processor, and not worry so much about getting in gear until/unless it happens again next year, and maybe I'll start thinking farther ahead.

So now I'm focused on getting clean and koshered in time. Which is daunting enough. DH will take care of the matza, he bakes with a group of friends, and it better be enough (help! How do I know how much matza we need?!) and he always likes the same wine so another case of that is easy enough to deal with. I'll do grape juice at the seder this year. Other food... gleeps...?!!!

We used processed ingredients like potato starch, but not ready made foods.
  Subject :Re:First Pesach Panic!!!
03/13/2012 18:00 
knaidel
Joined: 03/02/2011 01:36
Posts: 45
HALLELUJAH I might be having a passover miracle! Mother is now talking about staying home and inviting the kids, waxing about the beauty of traditions in the grandparents' house :D

I still think it would be easier for everyone except me for her to go away. The sibling who doesn't live nearby will not have to pack up their kids and shlep in, mother will not have to find accommodations for them or cook for an army. But I will sit here with my lips zipped and wait and see how this all pans out. If I weren't Jewish I'd have all my fingers and toes crossed.
  Subject :Re:First Pesach Panic!!!
03/13/2012 18:09 
njmom
Joined: 12/13/2010 16:35
Posts: 107
phew! that's a relief. Or might be a relief. You can always call up your mom and offer to help her cook early or something to seal the deal :)
  Subject :Re:First Pesach Panic!!!
03/14/2012 18:08 
knaidel
Joined: 03/02/2011 01:36
Posts: 45
With my troublemaker toddler I don't know if that would be a favor or the opposite! But the thought did occur to me.

So far it seems like it all hinges on the ability to find a place for my sister's family of 10 to stay, so I'm not sure how hopeful that is or isn't. Mother's house only has room for maybe half of them, even if some are willing to do sleeping bags in the living room (which is harder when LR is occupied by a seder until wee hours) they would still need at least a couple more beds.
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