Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN Think Purim, and what comes to mind? Shalach manot baskets. But with so many folks watching their weight, consider packing your baskets this year with something other than the ubiquitous sweet cakes and cookies. I'm planning a selection of cool fruit soups. To deliver them, I'll pour the liquids into tightly-lidded containers and mark the tops with...
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Purim, the most joyous holiday in the Jewish calendar, is a carnival of food, wine and laughter. It marks the period when, at the last moment, Jews were snatched from the hangman's noose. For that reason, it's meant to be a raucous celebration of life. Purim festivities include costume parades and suedahs -- festive meals eaten as night falls. Jayne...
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
A TASTE OF ISRAEL According to tradition, when Queen Esther of Purim fame was moved into the king's palace, she became a vegetarian. In order to avoid eating non-kosher food, she confined her diet to nutrient-rich seeds, nuts and legumes. So on the festive day of Purim, many Jewish communities observe the custom of including beans, chickpeas, nuts and poppy...
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These precious packages can be tasty surprises
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Linda Morel
WHAT'S COOKING? Last fall, my husband and I visited China, spending four days traveling down the Yangtze River aboard a ship. Besides the breathtaking scenery of the Three Gorges, the highlight of the riverboat excursion for me was the day a chef demonstrated how to make dumplings. He kneaded dough into ropes and cut off small nuggets. He rolled out...
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If a doughnut-eating contest came to Philly, Zach Engel would surely have an edge. Engel taste-tests up to 40 of the fried sweets every week -- a perk or health hazard of his job as the managing chef at the newly opened Federal Donuts, depending on how you look at it. "I don't really eat anything" else, he says. No...
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