bagels and schmears for shavuot

Four Cream Cheese Schmears for Shavuot

A bagel is naked without a good schmear. The word schmear comes from the Yiddish word “to spread.” In the world of bagels and brunch a schmear has come to mean cream cheese or other, usually cream cheese-based, spreads for bagels. This quartet of schmears has something for everyone: There’s a vegetarian, smoked salmon, egg & arugula […]

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Being Jewish (and Buddhist and Christian and Chinese)

By Amourence Lee A good story is supposed to have a beginning, middle and end, right? Well, this story about being Jewish only has a beginning. Yep, I’m Jewish. Exactly 50% Ashkenazi according to my genome. And Jewish law says I’m 100 percent because my mother is Jewish—which also makes my kids Jewish. I spent […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Small delicious things create Jewish identity, and this non-Jewish husband doesn’t want to lose any of them.

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My Husband’s Food Reeducation, One Knish at a Time

My husband is proof that enjoyment of Jewish food can be acquired.

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