PJ Library offers a selection of age-appropriate reading materials, audio stories, and tasty treats for families celebrating Passover, which this year is April 15 to 23. New stories, a family-friendly haggadah, podcast episodes, and a fresh-baked ‘Matzah Mania Guide’ offer a wealth of goodies this year.
There’s also a colorfully illustrated “Matzah Mania” fold-out, which includes recipes; the one for matzah pizza lasagna is below. The fold-out also includes culturally inclusive information about seder traditions and the four questions of the seder are printed in both English and Hebrew.
Families also will find PJ Library co-branded Yehuda Matzos boxes on their supermarket shelves. Each package will include information about how families can sign up to receive free books for newborns through 8-year-olds. Jewish families in more than 35 countries around the world receive free books from PJ Library even month. The next age cohort, 9- to 12-year-olds, can select and review books on their own each month through PJ Our Way.
Look for two new Passover-themed episodes of the PJ Library Presents podcast network. “Kiddo Learns about Passover” will be the latest Afternoons with Mimi audio story; and “Humpty Dumpty and the Passover Feast,” the newest tale in the Beyond the Bookcase series. Listen to the award-winning podcasts on all major streaming sources. There’s more information is at pjlibrary.org/podcast.
The family-friendly “In Every Generation: A PJ Library Family Haggadah” by PJ Library has colorful and kid-friendly songs, blessings, and explanations. It’s also available as a free printable PDF from pjlibrary.org/haggadah.
Matzah Pizza Lasagna
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (24-ounce) container small-curd cottage cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1-2 tablespoons fresh Italian herbs (oregano, Italian parsley, basil), chopped
1 (23-ounce) jar marinara
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 sheets of matzah
Pinch of salt and pepper
Your family’s favorite pizza toppings (try sliced green bell peppers and mushrooms, olives, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine eggs, cottage cheese, fresh herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Set the mixture aside.
Grease a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish and spread a thin layer of marinara over the bottom. Lightly dampen the matzah with water (run quickly under a faucet; do not soak), then place two sheets on top of the layer of marinara. Spread a third of the remaining marinara over the matzah, and spoon half of the cottage cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella over the cottage cheese mixture and add the first layer of pizza toppings. Continue to layer ingredients, adding another two sheets of matzah, half of the marinara, the remaining cottage cheese mixture, half of the mozzarella, and more toppings. Add the last two sheets of matzah a nd the remaining marinara, mozzarella, and toppings.
Loosely cover the dish with foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Then remove the foil and broil the lasagna for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the top is browned to taste. Let the dish rest for 10 minutes before serving.