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Thanksgiving could not have been more Normal Rockwell traditional in my childhood home. I woke up to the scent of a turkey already in the oven and came downstairs to find pies and more already baked. … more
My dad told me that every Friday my grandmother cooked two meals in tandem — Shabbat chicken, or brisket, or “gadempte fleische,” on one side of her tiny counter and, in her big, … more
Back in the 1980s, when polenta was the hot new item on restaurant menus, I was eager to try it. I knew it was a traditional Italian dish, but it was foreign to everyone else, including me. I bought … more
If I’m hosting brunch, it’s a pretty sure bet that I’ll make shakshuka. Saucy, spicy and runny with egg, it’s a universally beloved dish that, to its credit (and my eternal disappointment), … more
If you’re part of a Jewish family in the U.S., there’s a decent chance you grew up in the vicinity of a Joan Nathan cookbook. Her many books, including “Jewish Cooking in America,” have been … more
In a Norman Rockwell painting of a grandmother holding a platter filled with what must be a 30-pound turkey, the “everyone’s-grandmother” has rosy cheeks a loving smile and, … more
I loved having my kids home in the summer; it was the perfect time to get them involved in the kitchen and get them interested in food — from growing it in the garden to preparing it in the … more
You may be surprised to learn that fish and chips, though wildly popular in England for what seems like an eternity, actually was a specialty of the Portuguese Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition … more
Cold and flu season is here. The flu is showing up earlier than usual and I know at least four people who are recovering from horrible cases of bronchitis. Please get your flu shots — especially if … more
Each morning we thank G-d for living another day. Gratitude is essential to our Jewishness. At this time of year, we are thankful for the New Year, for the harvest, for the Book of Life, for our … more
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