Advice for Assimilated Family Reunions

By Dr. Ruth Nemzoff Q: I am having a family reunion. Half of the youngest generation has married people of other backgrounds. How can I use this opportunity to educate the Jewish members of my family about their heritage? And also to help those who do not currently identify as Jewish to understand how important […]

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A Tale of Two Kitchens

“We’re not doing this!” Andy was visibly upset. “I won’t do it!” It was a year into our relationship and we were in his car heading to his dad’s house in the middle of nowhere. The topic that inspired this reaction was none other than kashrut, a set of Jewish dietary laws that I happen […]

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The Passover Kugel Stack

Take all your Passover leftovers and create this delicious Kugel stack

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Queen Esther’s Crown Purim Bread with Samosa Filling

Queen Esther’s Crown Purim Bread with Samosa Filling

Stuffed breads, like dumplings, exist across many cultures. There are the babkas; the Kurdish Jewish stuffed bread known as kadeh; there are Polish kolaches; and Indian parathas. This year, instead of the usual Haman’s hat (Hamantaschen) for Purim, I wanted to try making Queen Esther’s crown. The pastry ring is supposed to look like a queen’s crown and with the inspiration […]

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Kabocha squash challah

Jewish Food Cheat Sheet

An alphabetic listing of Jewish dishes and food-related terms to help people new to Jewish families to figure out what’s on the table.

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Everywhere You Go There’s Always Someone or Something Jewish

A week before Thanksgiving, I stood in the doorway of a building on Skulagata, a street in Reykjavik, Iceland, with my husband and son looking out at the North Atlantic and trying to find shelter from the blustery wind that was making the 30-degree evening feel much colder. We were waiting for our tour guide […]

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Green and Red Latkes

Red and Green Latkes for Hanukkah at Christmas

To have a little fun with this intersection of holidays, I made two non-traditional versions of a classic Hanukkah mainstay: latkes.

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Gingerbread Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Doughnuts)

Gingerbread Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Doughnuts)

  Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. Growing up the child of a divorced, interreligious family, this would have blown my mind even more than it does as an adult. While I was raised primarily in my Jewish mother’s home, my brother and I spent every Christmas […]

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The Challenges of Keeping Kosher at an Interfaith Birthday

Growing up, my mother’s house was kosher. We had dishes for dairy and dishes for meat and we never mixed milk with meat. This goes back to the teachings of the Torah where it states on three separate occasions that a baby goat is not to be cooked in it’s mother’s milk. But our house […]

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Cara Cara cake

Semolina Cara Cara Orange Cake

Celebrate Shavuot with a semolina Cara Cara orange cake

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