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Hungarian Plum Cake

Hungarian Plum Cake

Now is the time that well-prepared Jewish households are busy baking and freezing in advance of the holidays. Here’s an easy plum cake that is very appropriate as a delicious holiday dessert for Rosh Hashana or any other of the High Holiday yom tovim. The cake, double-wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, freezes well, …

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Juicylicious Chicken Wings

Chicken wings

I’ve talked about this before, how much my family loves chicken wings. We have a whole bunch of recipes for wings and are always changing our minds which one we like best. This one here’s our current favorite, especially when served with quality mashed potatoes. Juicylicious Chicken Wings Yield 4 servings Ingredients 1/3 cup flour …

Chanuka, LCHF, Main courses

Recipe: Keto Zucchini Fritters

zucchini fritters with sour cream

If you’ve been following this column, low-carb is a thing for me. This makes Chanuka a challenge. But I think I’ve solved it with these awesome zucchini fritters. I made potato latkes for the rest of the family and these babies for me, and everyone was gobbling MY zucchini fritters. They’re that good. Note that …

Cookbooks

REVIEW: Real Life Kosher Cooking

Miriam Pascal’s new cookbook, Real Life Kosher Cooking, published by Artscroll and 20% off right now, is just what the (Jewish) doctor ordered for the winter months, what with the High Holidays and Chanuka a now distant memory. We are no longer under pressure to produce fabulous, labor-intensive meals, except for Shabbos, of course. And …

Ashkenazi, Chanuka

Latkes: If they Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix Them

Latkes in a frying pan, done side up

Chanuka is all about latkes, those amazing potato pancakes you serve with sour cream and applesauce, and if you’re an iconoclast, with hot salsa! I’ve always made them the way my mother did, and never required a serious recipe. I began, however, to doubt my latke-making gift when I read a page of tips and …

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But is it Jewish? Cauliflower “Rice”

Last week we talked about bone broth, because anything that’s good for you is, by definition, Jewish, and therefore qualifies as Jewish food. Now some of us have found that the only way to get thin and stay thin is to eat a low carb, high fat diet. One of the best tricks of this …

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High (Holiday Matzoh Ball) Anxiety

High Holiday Matzoh Ball Anxiety

People worry too much about making matzoh balls to the point that they *shudder* use a mix for what is probably the easiest thing in the world to make other than toast, or perhaps boiled water. With the holidays coming up, it’s time for a review. It’s less about amounts and more about using your …

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Lebkuchen for Rosh Hashana

Lebkuchen for Rosh Hashana

Last week this space spoke of sweet Sfardi almond cigars, as a treat appropriate for the High Holidays. Now the Ashkenazim are demanding equal space. The problem is, many people really don’t like plain old boring honey cake. So (don’t) give them cake! Give them Lebkuchen, which are a chewy cookie bar with a glaze. …

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Sweet Almond Cigars–You Don’t Smoke ‘Em

almond cigars

The Hebrew Scriptures mention almonds ten times, the first mention being in Genesis, where the almond is referred to as “among the best of fruits.” Maybe that’s why the seven-branched candelabra used in the Temple was designed to resemble almond branches topped with blossoms. Also, the almond tree is the first tree to bloom in …