Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
By:
Louise Fiszer
We frequently host complete strangers at our Shabbat dinner table. They are friends of friends, distant relatives twice removed, a past social encounter passing through for the weekend or just people who need a place for a Sabbath meal. As a cook and hostess, this puts me at a disadvantage, for more often than not, I haven't a clue to...
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... make big somethings, at Purim time
By:
Linda Morel
WHAT'S COOKING? One March decades ago, the scent of warm strawberry and dough browning in the oven greeted me at the door of an apartment. A friend and I were visiting her grandmother. Entering the kitchen, we found this busy woman's counters piled with cookies and little cakes, assorted in boxes. "Purim is coming," she said, pulling two trays of...
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By:
Rivka Tal
Sometimes, some of us get a bit carried away in our cooking, looking for exotic ingredients and recipes. We forget the oldies but goodies that are easy, inexpensive and available everywhere. Take, for example, that old favorite: egg salad. Although eggs have received a bad rap in the past couple of cholesterol-conscious decades, they are making a comeback, being reinstated...
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An Irish Purim story
By:
Linda Morel
Every time there's a Jewish leap year, as is the case in 2011, Purim falls during the same week as St. Patrick's Day. While St. Patrick's Day is always on March 17, Purim this year begins at sundown just two days later, on March 19. Far from the Emerald Isle, the Purim story is set in ancient Persia and bubbles...
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Think of it as an early spring awakening
By:
Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN You never need an excuse to throw a cocktail party; it's an easy way to catch up with friends and neighbors. Time is set -- no more than two hours -- and there's no need for an elaborate spread; this is a "before dinner" affair. Drinks are essential. Know your guests. Favorite cocktails -- cosmos and cosmopolitans,...
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