Category Archives: Holidays

Passover Pre-17th Century


This is one of those cuisines that is a real challenge to research before the 18th century: Jewish food.  It’s been a bit of a struggle for me to find what little I have over the years.  As I network with other people that are interested in the same historical roots, I’ve been able to find more and more details to my files.

Within the SCA, there was a very resourceful and dedicated researcher (Mistress Judith bas Rabbi Mendel) that put together this document on various types of Passovers throughout the SCA period.  It is hosted currently on  Stefan’s Florilegium over here.  Since it is that time of the season, I thought it would be a good idea to post this to help anyone out there looking for details like these for pesach.

White House Christmas 2010

So, it’s not so much historical, but it sort of IS in its own way.

Every year the White House for the Holidays, does an all out spectacular from decorations to food (for obvious reasons). HGTV did a one hour show show casing the details of the Holiday, the staff and hundreds of volunteers, as they prepare for the Holiday seasons.

One of the more culinary tidbits is the years Gingerbread Houses that they present and put on display. It’s a pretty impressive piece of chocolate (as far as I can tell, it looks to be mostly white chocolate with gingerbread as the under structure) that ways nearly 400 pounds.

The picture really doesn’t do the piece justice and I would suggest watching the show if you can catch it.

They also go behind the scenes, showing the kitchen, many cookies (and how they decorate in the process sort of as an after thought) and discuss some culinary tidbits here and there.

Over here is the HGTV website with some more photos if you’d like to take a peek.

Here is actually the 2008 version of the chocolate White House…it was located in the State Room, featured a drum and fife band as well as former first pets Barney, Miss Beazley and Kitty in a rooftop sleigh. Christmas 2008

Both look very nummy. I wonder what happens to them after the holidays?