Just now seeing this thread as I haven't been on EH since the 10th as I was preparing for.... Passover! (If I'm honest, it's because I wasn't at work which is the main place I get on EH. But the reason I wasn't at work was because I was preparing for Passover!
Anyway, yes! Passover is my favorite holiday. The main reason is that it forces me to get creative in the kitchen. It's fun to come up with dishes which don't use the forbidden grains and to make things I only make once a year.
Haroset: It's my father's mother's recipe, which she taught to my mother and my mother taught to me. It's made of dates and raisins, a bit of sugar and a bit of wine. And it's delicious. I never could quite get into the apple stuff because I grew up on the dates kind. When we were kids, my mother had to pry the dish out of our hands to get us to stop eating it. Now that my kids are grown up, I make enough for each of them (and my sister too) to take home a bowl from the seder.
Gefilte fish. Well, we're not Ashkenazi (we're Mizrahi) so I didn't eat that as a kid and can't really stomach it now. My mother used to serve smoked whitefish for the fish course. I serve gefilte fish for those who want it but also lox which is what I like.
We've gone through several different Haggadot over the years trying to find the ideal one and finally decided we should just write one ourselves. Older son and I are working on it, but you know, at the rate we're going, it's going to take about as long as it took to build the pyramids! Ha! In the meantime, I dug up the old Carmel Wine Hagaddah we used as kids. It's chock full of typos which are familiar and funny. (sclaves instead of slaves, upside-down letters, etc.)
We have a lot of discussion and joking around. My parents always encouraged that when we were kids, probably to keep us interested. We used to ask the same old questions when we were kids and my dad used to answer as if it were the first time we'd asked. We had great discussions and still do. Which of course, leads to long (but fun) seders.
No matter what time we start, inevitably we end up eating at around 9pm. We used to start at 7 but have pushed it up to start earlier and earlier in order to be able to eat earlier. This year, we started at 615. Guess what time we ate? 9.
If anyone is interested, I can post a few recipes. I got my recipe for brisket on another web forum and it's delicious. I can also post my haroset recipe if anyone wants to see it. And, my favorite meal during the week is an invention of my mother's. I call it matzah grilled cheese and it consists of layers of matzah, beaten egg and shredded cheese. It's wonderful!