Memories of a merry Hanukah

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Growing up in upstate New York, Christmas and Hanukah merged together into the holiday season.  In elementary school we were handed out Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer coloring pages.   During my teen years I played flute at the annual Christmas concert.  Between Silent Night and Handel’s Messiah the music teacher always […]

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Potato Kubba- Middle Eastern shepherd’s pie

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Sure, anyone can make kubba but only the experts, those who have trained for months or years, elevate it to an art form. The culinary tradition of these Middle Eastern dumplings should be taught in university as part of the basic curriculum.  “Introduction to rolling Kubba and the family connection”.  It is anthropology through food, […]

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The forgotten cookbooks, a treasure of traditional recipes

January 11, 2012

There’s a man who comes around our neighborhood and yells alte zachen in a reverberant baritone, a voice from the stomach and not the throat. It once sounded to me like a call to prayer, but it is altogether more grounded and mundane. The term is Yiddish for old stuff, a dying trade where a merchant […]

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Happy Deep Fried Hannukah

November 28, 2010

Hannukah is by far my favorite Jewish holiday because it is all fun without the formalities.  There are no five course meals to prepare, telephones calls wishing third cousins on the husband’s side happy holidays, no extensive present buying or crazy month long cleaning sessions.  This is a time for casual friend and family gatherings […]

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Rice Fritters-Quick, Easy and Delicious

June 28, 2010

When my grandfather was growing up in the 1920’s, he ate meat and potatoes 365 days a year. He never tired of it. When I was growing up, my parents added variety but rice was the backdrop of all our childhood meals. As Bubba can testify, there is no reason to get bored eating the […]

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