Post-Passover Palate

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Ah, Pesach! At first the matzah delights us with its spiritual symbolism and its culinary versatility: farfel, cake meal, matzah brei and more. But by the end of Pesach, we call out “Dayenu!” Enough with the matzoh. Time to return to our leavened life and cleanse our palate so that next spring our bellies pine… Read More

Pesach Egg-citement

My family used to joke that whether you identify yourself as Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or any other variety of Judaism, on Passover we all become gastronomical Jews! Food is definitely the main event at Passover, and whether you are preparing an entire Seder or only one dish to contribute to a larger meal, eggs can… Read More

Feeling Panicked? It Could Be in the Genes

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In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in Montreal, has expanded the notion of Jewish guilt. Sure, we might feel bad about passing along hereditary genes that raise our baby’s future risk of breast cancer, obesity or depression. But… Read More

Purim Change of Pace Choose chocolate as a flavored dough

Triple chocolate hamantaschen would make a wonderful treat in coffee-themed Purim baskets.

Hamantaschen talk is always about the filling: prune, poppy, apricot and strawberry, just to name a few favorites. I love being creative with the fillings, but this year I wanted to change up things with a flavored dough rather than just a fun filling. And what better ingredient to include than chocolate. Once you have… Read More

Holiday Lessons Keeping the old while bringing in the new

Some things never change, and I’m so glad. From the mouth-watering brisket at Edmart Deli to Rosendorf’s challahs, most Baltimore Jews go back to their traditional buying habits, even if they had indulged in “new” cuisine over the New Year. I spend my food shopping days purposely seeking out new things. But I forgot the… Read More

Making Thanksgiving Jewish

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How do we make Thanksgiving Jewish? Many scholars believe that the secular American holiday, first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims, was deliberately modeled on Sukkot. There are myriad ways to make the meal kosher and also stretch the food to enjoy through Shabbos. In addition to roasting one whole turkey, make one large turkey… Read More

A Happy Holiday

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Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert,… Read More