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  • Holidays: Serving fish at Rosh Hashanah

    NEW YORK, July 20 (JTA) — “Fish at Rosh Hashanah?” asked a friend when I suggested bringing poached striped bass to her house for a New Year’s celebration. “Isn’t fish for Passover?” Until marrying into a family from Trieste, Italy, I believed the same thing. But my husband soon introduced me to a lemony bass,…

  • Holiday: ‘Trifling’ with Shavuot

    NEW YORK, May 14 (JTA) — While Jews of Ashkenazi descent have nicknamed Shavuot "the cheesecake holiday," there is a competitor seeking to bump this traditional dessert off its milky white pedestal. Popping up in American gourmet magazines, the famed English trifle is a creamy rich confection layered with pieces of cake, luscious fruits, custard,…

  • Passover recipes: Trendy and light

    NEW YORK, March 26 (JTA) — In the rush to clean every corner of your house for Passover and to prepare ceremonial dishes for the seder table, you may be short on time to cook up a holiday meal. What to do if you’re expecting a crowd this Passover? Here are several no-fuss recipes you…

  • Solving the Passover panic

    NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (JTA) — A fabric designer from Manhattan calls her sister-in-law in a panic. At 45, she is preparing her first Passover seder for 17 members of their family. “Forget about the food,” she says. “I don’t even know what I need on the table.” Because Passover represents a defining moment in…

  • Recalling Purim in Iraq

    NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (JTA) — Like visions of date palms laden with fruit, Purim in Iraq was paradise for children. “We were excused from school and over the two-day holiday, we’d attend six parties,” says Nora Iny, who grew up in Baghdad during the 1960s. She is now a trustee of Congregation Bene Naharayim,…

  • CHANUKAH FEATURE The Signature Dish of Chanukah, Potato Latkes, Hits the Big Time

    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (JTA) – Potato latkes are Chanukah’s signature dish, not because of the potato – but because of the oil. Potatoes did not exist in the Holy Land when the ancient Israelites triumphed over the Syrians. During what may have been the region’s first oil crisis, a 24-hour supply of oil lasted…