Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
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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What better way to start the week than with good friends and fine food?
By:
Linda Morel, Jewish Exponent Feature
WHAT'S COOKING? Although the evening before the work week begins is an unlikely time to entertain, I enjoy inviting friends on Sunday nights. There is something so comfy and casual about a Sunday evening. It's the diametric opposite of Saturday night, which is automatically elevated to dinner-party status, complete with cloth napkins and fine crystal. The trick to throwing a...
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By:
Eileen Goltz, Jewish Exponent Feature
SLICE OF LIFE Moms everywhere wake up -- far too early -- on weekends only to contemplate breakfast for the entire family, sometimes when those college kids are in town visiting. Kids come home to sleep in and have mom do mountains of laundry. And they want to eat, and eat well. While feeding your brood is important, the more...
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It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Despite the often gray and dismal skies of February, I look forward to when the calendar reaches the 14th -- Valentine's Day -- so that I have a legitimate excuse to create a chocolate buffet and send out invitations. It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent. Imagine the allure of a table laden with a sumptuous selection...
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