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Brie Brei with Marmalade

Harkham_Brie-Brei

When approached the right way, Passover cooking can have a Top Chef quality to it: Make a delicious and flavorful meal using eggs, matzah, and marmalade in fifteen minutes or less. Go! As in quickfire challenges, a little creativity and lots of flavor go a long way […]

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Stacked Blintz Cake: A New Spin on a Shavuot Tradition

Blintz

Seven weeks after Passover, just as spring begins to bloom into summer, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (in English, “weeks”) is celebrated. It originated as an agricultural festival, marking the end of the grain harvest and the beginning of a new agricultural season when the first fruits […]

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Sambusaks: An Iraqi-Jewish Tradition for Purim

Sambusaks

Hamantaschen have been granted an exalted culinary status in Jewish cuisine—of which I’m not sure they are worthy. They are an overrated yet underachieving holiday cookie whose main claim to fame is their triangular form. Perhaps I am being too hard on the hamantaschen, but this is only […]

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Uncommon Hamentaschen

Hamentaschen

As a devoted, dessert-first, dentally-challenged lover of sweets I have often been disappointed by the hamantaschen. This iconic Purim cookie seems to me like a baked good whose main concern is its shape. The sweet center hardly ever extends itself past its expected core of apricot, prune, […]

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Glossary

Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack