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Celebrate a Passover Seder with Lidia Bastianich

In last December’s Holiday Tables and Traditions episode of Lidia Celebrates America, Lidia celebrated a Passover Seder with food author Ruth Reichl and the fourth-generation owners of the specialty food shop Russ & Daughters. And don’t miss the upcoming PBS prime-time special, Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New, airing Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8pm on PBS. (check local listings)

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Brisket: Miriam Reichl’s Corned Beef Ham

Brisket with potatoes

Ruth Reichl shares her mother's recipe for brisket: Miriam Reichl's Corned Beef Ham. Watch Ruth and Lidia Bastianich share a Passover meal in Lidia Celebrates America.



  • 4 pounds whole corned beef brisket
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 can spiced peaches


  1. Cover corned beef brisket with water in a large pot. Add the bay leaves and onion. Cook over medium heat about 3 hours, until the meat is very tender.
  2. While the meat is cooking, mix the brown sugar and mustard. Preheat oven to 325.
  3. Take meat from water and remove all visible fat. Insert cloves, as if it were a ham. Cover meat with the mustard/sugar mixture and bake one hour, basting frequently with peach syrup.
  4. Surround meat with spiced peaches and serve.

Yield: serves 6


charoset in a glass bowl

Charoset is a combination of chopped apples, walnuts, and sweet wine, usually served at Passover. Watch Lidia Bastianich celebrate Passover with Ruth Reichl and family, in Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions.



  • 2 pounds medium gala or fuji apples
  • 1 pound granny smith apples
  • 10 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ pound raw walnuts (chopped and toasted)
  • ⅔ pound golden raisins (cut in smaller pieces if large)
  • 4/5 cup extra heavy Malaga wine (approximately 2 bottles)
  • 1 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • Juice from 2 lemons


  1. Roughly chop apples
  2. Mix the apples with all the other ingredients

Yield: 4 pounds

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