Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Passover is around the corner - the first night is Wednesday, April 8. It has always been my favorite Jewish holiday - I always recall memories of reading from the Haggadah with my family as a child. Little did I know at the time how many gluten free foods were available for the holiday. Now that I have a child of my own with celiac disease, I have a special appreciation for this season.

I always am on the hunt for new gluten-free foods, this year being no exception. The holy grail is still GF ice cream sandwiches that I know were made a few years ago. I only heard about them - never actually saw them. I'm not sure they're even made anymore. I'm now keeping my eyes open for gluten-free chow mein noodles, made by Paskesz. They're available for ordering online through, but I'd like to find them locally. UPDATE (3/21/09): I found them at the ShopRite on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia - they are delicious! They come in thin and wide varieties.

The ShopRite in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (where Kosher Experience is located) had one new item of note: gluten-free pizza bagels. I've seen similar ones made before by Manischewitz, which apparently are now being made by Klein's. Klein's also manufactures Passover Flats, which can be used for french toast, sandwiches and homemade pizza. That ShopRite is also carrying gluten-free oat matzoh imported from England at $29.95 a box. Also available by mail order are handmade oat matzohs from Lakewood Matzoh Bakery in Lakewood, New Jersey. UPDATE (3/22/09): GF oat matzoh is also available via online ordering from a Brooklyn, New York bakery, Heaven Mills. We also are looking forward to the fresh cakes and cookies that usually show up in stores about two weeks before the start of the holiday. Our favorites are those made by Shabtai Gourmet. You can order Shabtai products online with free shipping - I'm not sure if their Kosher for Passover products are available for online ordering, as I know from past years Andrew Itzkowitz and his family have lots of holiday cakes and cookies that are not listed on the website.
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  1. Help, I'd love to buy some of these gluten free chow mein noodles, but can't find them online anywhere! I'm in Oregon, and I doubt they're in stores here. The Paskesz website isn't too helpful either. Are they only available at a certain time of year?

    I've been craving butterscotch haystacks and found a suggestion on another blog for making gluten free chow mein noodles using spaghetti noodles - I may just have to try that. I can't believe there's not another company that makes these gluten free!

  2. Many Passover foods are gluten-free. They are is coming out NOW.

    They will only be available until Passover (not sure of the date this year) but NOT after the holiday.

    Last week I saw they had set up the Passover section at Jewel, in the Chicago area.
    I have also found a Kosher store where you can order, too. Online or by phone.

    It is All In Kosher here

    They gave some gluten free all year but there is much more during passover.

    They just charge the actual, shipping rate according to the person I spoke to one the phone, and they have free shipping on orders over $100. Dry goods will keep a long long time so I may stock up.

    Remember, though, that they are a Kosher store and are closed Fridays and Saturdays.

    I have been noodle deprived for almost 10 months. I did not learn about the GF noodles until June and I have had to wait till this year.
    Now I can make Tuna Noodle Casserole..well, maybe I can if I can learn o make white sauce. lol

    Hope this helps someone.