Sunday, May 1, 2016 Nisan 23, 5776
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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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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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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Eileen Goltz, Jewish Exponent Feature
Let's face it: There was a time in the not-too-distant past when most of our main meals revolved around beef -- or some other type of red meat. With the newest medical warnings about what too much meat can do to our "innards," many of us have decided that it's best eaten once or twice a week. While I'm truly...
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