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  • Leftovers for Chanukah?

    This year Chanukah starts the day after Thankgiving. This merging of secular and religious holidays leaves many Jewish families in a quandary. Because Thanksgiving comes first, will it overshadow the Festival of Lights? Jewish cookbook author Jennifer Fel

  • A Bukharan Sukkot

    Sephardi Jews from Bukhara, a region of the former Soviet Union that is now part of Uzbekistan, have a rich tradition of Sukkot celebrations. Young and old alike share good times and sumptuous meals. Linda Morel offers Bukharan recipes for succulent Sukko

  • Recipes: A sensual feast from Jewish Tunisia

    With a little know-how and a lot of spices, you could dine this Rosh Hashanah on traditional Tunisian cuisine: dishes seasoned with garlic and leeks, believed to cancel bad deeds; and figs, quince, dates, and apples soaked in honey to guarantee a sweet ye

  • Remembrances of Passover food past

    As the events of the past fall make people increasingly nostalgic for the comforting food of generations past, this Passover might be the perfect time to bring back some castoff culinary traditions.

  • A legendary heroine of Chanukah

    Judith´s legend has led to the custom for some Jews of eating dairy foods at Chanukah. Here are some cheesy Chanukah recipes.

  • Shavuot: In praise of a much-neglected soup

    NEW YORK, May 10 (JTA) – "My mother used to leave jars full of schav in the refrigerator," says a friend of mine. "Because the stuff looked like seaweed, I would run from the kitchen in horror." Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazi Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades. Foods…


    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (JTA) — A page-turner with the pace of a John le Carre espionage novel, the Book of Esther is a tale of power and intrigue, of plots, counterplots and thwarted schemes. It is a story within a story that just keeps unfolding. In his cookbook “The World of Jewish Entertaining,” Rabbi…

  • Chanukah: Lightening up the latke-laden menu

    NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (JTA) – Have you ever noticed how some people are always pushing the envelope? Madonna in pop music, Martha Stewart in stylish living– and now food writer Jayne Cohen, author of “The Gefilte Variations.” In this innovative kosher cookbook, Cohen spins recipes like variations on musical themes. Adding magic to familiar…

  • Recipes: Shaking your lulav, eating your etrog

    NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (JTA) – “Every Jewish kid in the area wants to visit our sukkah,” says professional baker and restaurant bakery consultant Marcy Goldman of Montreal. Preparing for young and old arriving in tours, she and her three sons decorate their hut to the hilt. “We’re the most popular stop on the field…

  • Holidays: Kugel warms the Yom Kippur soul

    NEW YORK, July 24 (JTA) — It happens every year. Yom Kippur services conclude, and 15 minutes later, you’re dashing in the door only seconds ahead of a hungry crowd. “Can I help you?” someone asks, as your house fills with family and friends. People are polite, but ready to pounce. Like magic, they expect…