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Battle of the Blintz Returns – Russian Grandma’s Recipe Prevails!

Last year, my brave and kitchen-savvy teenage son challenged his uber-talented Aunt Sharon to a blintz-off for our annual break-the-fast meal on Yom Kippur. It ended in a tie with Sharon’s crepes taking the lead but my son’s filling getting top nod. In case you aren’t blintz-aware, a blintz is a cheese-filled pancake usually pan-fried […]

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Braising Brisket – Perfect for Fall and Rosh Hashanah

To be honest, I was not really looking forward to fall – colder weather, school carpools and homework, waning daylight – and then I remembered how much I love braising. Braising is a cooking method that involves long slow cooking of various kinds of meats in some type of liquid. If you love your slow […]

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OMG! It’s Already Hannukah, Chanukah, Hanukkah, Channukah!

Just as we all are recovering from the procrastination, preparation, gluttony, and good times with family and friends that is Thanksgiving, Hannukah (sundown Dec. 1 thru sundown Dec. 9) is right there staring at those of us who celebrate. If you’re not familiar with the holiday, it is the 8-night Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorating […]

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The Battle of the Blintz – Celebrating the Jewish New Year with Food

We just finished celebrating the Jewish New Year, 5771. The High Holidays, as they are called, start with Rosh Hashanah, which means literally “head of the year” and is followed ten days later by a somber holiday called Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, which is an opportunity to clear the slate of wrong-doings from […]

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