Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
By:
Louis Marmon, JE Feature
The Talmud states there is no happiness without wine. As the only drink with its own blessing -- thanking the "Creator of the fruit of the vine" -- wine is integral to Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Even the cup to hold the wine is special, often ornately decorated and of a specific volume to ensure that enough is consumed...
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It's what's for dinner!
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Andrew Schloss, JE Feature
Slap anything between two slabs of bread and you can call it a sandwich, but to call it a meal means something more. It can be as slight as a slice of sun-warmed tomato or as opulent as a fillet steak sauced with bordelaise. What's essential is that the improvement attract a diner's attention, as the main difference between a...
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Hot food, good times and a festive outdoor holiday
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Lag B'Omer is a carefree day that sits right between Passover and Shavuot. In Israel, it's a school holiday. Families and friends gather together for a bonfire, a picnic, a sports game. Grills are set up in parks, on the beach -- even on apartment balconies -- but by far, the largest celebration takes place in and around Miron, the...
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By:
Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
A good part of the joy in foreign travel is the discovery of foods that express the flavor of the country and its people. I'm always on the lookout for new dishes that will translate well to fit my kitchen and dining lifestyle. On a recent trip to Spain, I found such an item -- paella, the national culinary treasure...
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By:
Louis Marmon, JE Feature
More than 40 different varietals -- high-quality Zinfandel, excellent Cabernet blends and first-rate Rhone varietals -- are cultivated in Paso Robles, California's largest American Viticultural Area. The 24-plus-square-mile area has 700- to 2,000-foot elevations with diverse microclimates -- from the cooling Pacific breezes and multiple canyons. Still, Paso Robles suffers from an identity crisis. The public is mostly unaware of...
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