Tag Archives: Jewish food

Matzah Ball Maven, M.D.

This article originally appeared in the Forward on Jan. 3, 2018. Like matzah balls, bagels used to be plain — or sesame if you were lucky. There were no pumpkin, jalapeño or asiago-cheese bagels on which to shmear your cream … Continue reading

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Halfway Through Hanukkah

Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is the story of a bad king who tried to get rid of the Jews but failed. Who was that king again? Antiochus or Ahasuerus? When our kids were little, we knew the answer right … Continue reading

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South Philly’s Hippest Bakery Has a Yiddish Name

Opening a Jewish bakery with a Yiddish name in an Italian neighborhood sounds crazy, but it didn’t take long before Essen had a line of regular customers lining up for its fresh-baked challah on Fridays. Tova du Plessis opened Essen, … Continue reading

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Not Your Bubbe’s Honey Cake

Are you thinking about Rosh Hashanah and what to cook? We were –and we got thinking about why Jewish apple cake is so much more popular than the spicy, dry loaves of honey cake. We did some reporting and interviewed … Continue reading

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A Little Love for Latkes

We’re thinking about latkes. Latkes (potato pancakes) usually appear on our dinner table once a year during Hanukkah. Last year Hanukkah started on Dec. 7, so our stomachs are telling us now is the time. But Jewish holidays drift along … Continue reading

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Some Pre-Passover Pondering

Passover is almost here and we have lots to ponder – After all these years of spreading peanut butter on matzah and pretending we are Sephardic, it’s now official! We can now legally eat kitniyot during Passover. This past  December … Continue reading

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You Say Wonton; I Say Kreplach

This essay appears in today’s edition of The Forward – on their beautiful newly redesigned on-line Food section. Here’s the link or just keep reading below:      “Pumpernickel is Jewish; white bread is goyish,” said comedian Lenny Bruce in … Continue reading

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