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raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Don't Passover these treats!

Passover falls on March 29th - April 6th this year. I guess that means that it's coming up soon. This is great for two reasons: 1) the Jews are no longer slaves in Egypt, and 2) there are many dairy free options coming to a store near you!! See, many Jewish people honor the Passover holiday by clearing out their homes of chametz, or any product made from wheat, rye, spelt, oats, barley that's been in contact with water for more than 18 minutes. Basically, nothing that is leavened. That means there are loads of things in the grocery stores that are gluten free!!! Also, if observant Jews keep kosher and do not mix meat products with milk products, then if they want a meat meal, they'd better have a dairy free dessert.
Seems like a lot of information just to tell you that I'm so excited that these cakes are back on my grocery store's shelves!!

This company, Osem, makes pretty good gluten-free, dairy-free cakes this time of year for Passover. I stocked up last year, but they were gone before I knew it. These are great treats and they seem to last a really long time. The "best before" date is November 2010. If you've got a GFCF kiddo, you might want to head to your local big grocery store to see if these are available. Just don't hit up my local store- I'm gonna clean 'em out!

If you want to read more about Passover, click here for an explanation geared towards kids. It's way more my speed!


Penny said...

Thanks for the education - I can never remember Jewish dietary law when I'm standing at the Kosher-for-passover section looking for GFCF items in the spring. A couple of times I've asked shoppers alongside me to help me understand what to look for, and all of them sheepishly admitted that while Jewish, they couldn't explain the little details to me enough to help me know what might be "safe" and free of wheat AND dairy at the same time. Won't you come to the store with me? (We probably shop at the same one.)

Ellen said...

Oh, yum!!! I think Osem makes those Bissli snacks that are so addictive I cannot keep them in my home, right?!

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