Strawberry sesame hamantaschen

Black Sesame and Strawberry Hamantaschen for Purim

Pro tips for making the perfect hamantaschen for Purim along with a unique recipe using black sesame

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Laura and Zach at Laura's parents' house, Christmas 2015

A No-Dilemma December

There’s room for all the holidays in Laura & Zach’s family

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A Recipe for Conversation and Holiday Cookies

By Jordyn Rozensky For some of us in interfaith homes, December can highlight sticky situations. There are questions of how to balance traditions, how to keep in-laws happy and complicated questions about religion. But December also offers a unique opportunity to embrace new traditions. In my own interfaith home, for example, each year we trim […]

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Cream Cheese Rugelach with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

As Hanukkah and Christmas overlap this year, it’s a fine time to share my beloved recipe for rugelach. Before I became Jewish, I had always loved the Christmas cookie baking traditions—from the aromas that filled the house to all the flavors and textures of the different cookies. And all the sampling, of course. Celebrating my […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Hamentaschen

Hamentaschen or “Haman’s Pockets” are the traditional dessert of Ashkenazi Jews on the holiday of Purim. Originally containing poppy seed filling in medieval Germany, it later became popular to fill the Hamentashen with prune filling. This tradition was started in 1731 to honor a Jewish prune jam merchant named David Brandeis. David was acquitted after being […]

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Honey Zimsterne “Star” Cookies

Food pathways show the influence on recipes from region to region and neighbor to neighbor. In Germany, a recipe for gingerbread men was adapted and adopted by Eastern European Jews to make Zimsterne, or “star” cookies to be served at the end of Shabbat after Havdalah services. Containing the spices found in the Bisomim box used […]

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Boldly Share the Light of Hanukkah this Holiday Season

Over the years, Hanukkah, a minor celebration that isn’t even in the Torah, has become the unofficial national holiday of the American Jewish community. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was promoted as the Jewish alternative to Christmas. Since then, many individuals and communal leaders have fought against the “make Hanukkah big” movement and urged […]

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Sweet & Savory Palmiers for Papa: French Treats with a Twist

When I was about to enter second grade and my brother was about to begin Kindergarten, our parents packed our lives up and moved the family to France for the year. We did it all again four years later as well. At the time, especially in sixth grade, I didn’t appreciate being plucked from my life […]

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Hamantaschen with Nutella, Banana, Applesauce & More

Try out these modern hamantaschen recipes with ingredients like Nutella, applesauce and more.

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Rachel’s Hamantaschen

The hamantaschen recipe that made her a hamantaschen fan. Plus, the family story behind the Purim recipe.

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