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  • PASSOVER FEATURE (1) Adjusting daily recipes to create tasty seder meals

    BAYSIDE, Wis., March 8 (JTA) — Passover marks the exodus of the Jews from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Celebrated for eight days, it always begins at sundown followed by a seder dinner. Your seder menu can have a balanced mix of traditional as well as contemporary selections. Adapting a recipe for Passover use:…

  • PURIM FEATURE Three-cornered pastries come with range of fillings

    BAYSIDE, Wis., Feb. 26 (JTA) — Purim, the joyous holiday celebrating deliverance from Haman’s intended massacre, is celebrated with the reading of the megillah, the Book of Esther, in the synagogue. It is followed by carnivals with people in costume, and the sending of shalach manot — small packages of sweets — to relatives and…

  • SUKKOT FEATURE Plentiful summer vegetables for healthy eating in Sukkahs

    MILWAUKEE, Oct. 6 (JTA) — Sukkot coincides with the harvest time. It is fall and the summer crops are in. Take advantage of your garden harvest, roadside markets or supermarket bounty with these delicious vegetable dishes that are healthy and versatile. They can be served as main dishes or accompaniments during this holiday time. Zucchini…

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS FEATURE (2) Light dishes, prepared ahead, help ease breaking of the fast

    MILWAUKEE, Aug. 13 (JTA) — By tradition all preparation for the break the fast meal is completed on the preceding day. Any of these main dish salads, light but filling, can be prepared one day ahead and can be enjoyed with left over slices of honey cake. Grapes Delight 2 pounds seedless red and green…

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS FEATURE (1) Adding honey to festive meals signifies sweetness of new year

    MILWAUKEE, Aug. 13 (JTA) — Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, which begins on the eve of Oct. 1. As with most of our holidays, it has both serious and joyous aspects. The holiday calls for a period of reflection on the deeds of the past year and it asks for…

  • Chanukah: A miracle remembered

    BAYSIDE, Wis., Nov. 6 (JTA) — Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, is a family celebration of love and tradition. To commemorate a historic struggle for their freedom, Jews families around the world light one new candle on the menorah each evening. On the eighth day, the entire menorah glows. Here are recipes for…

  • SHAVUOT FEATURE (1) Cooking with seasonal fruits marks spring harvest holiday

    MILWAUKEE, May 18 (JTA) — Shavuot, the Hebrew word for weeks, falls seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Originally an agricultural holiday, Shavuot marked the beginning of the wheat harvest. It also occurred around the time of the first fruit harvest in Israel. In ancient days, Jews baked 2 loaves of bread and…

  • Children bearing gifts of food central to carnival-like holiday

    BAYSIDE, Wis., Feb. 9 (JTA) — Purim, a favorite holiday for many, is characterized by parties, carnivals, costumes, singing, dancing and as with all holidays, special foods. Celebrated just one month before Passover, it is a good opportunity to use up flour and leavening agents in the preparation of some of these special dishes. And…

  • PASSOVER FEATURE (1) Broad range of good eating despite holiday restrictions

    BAYSIDE, Wis., March 9 (JTA) — Passover commemorates the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt 3,000 years ago. Because of their hasty departure, they could not take the time to let their breads rise before baking. As a result, during this eight-day holiday, there are strict restrictions against foods with leavening or yeast. Legumes…