Ashkenazi, Soup

Turn Heavy Cholent Into a Much Lighter Soup!

A bowl of bean, barley, and meat soup

It’s winter and we’re wanting heavier fare for Shabbos. Still, the thought of hamin or cholent weighing us down is a bit difficult after a summer of salads and cool treats. Lucky for all of us, there’s a wonderful compromise: a second meal soup full of the same yummy cholent things that make you feel …

Good for You

Sardines: Because Maimonides Said So

Half open can of sardines

Dietary supplements can be expensive. So if you’re looking for a natural source of Omega3 fatty acid, an excellent source is sardines. Moreover, no less an authority than Jewish physician par excellence, Maimonides, recommended people eat small saltwater fish, which are—you guessed it—sardines. Eat three cans’ worth of the li’l guys and you’ve gotten your …


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 …


Bone Broth: It’s Good Fer Ya, but it Smells

Steaming teacup of bone broth on saucer, at a table with silverware

Remember how thrilled we were in the 70’s when it was discovered that chicken soup actually had medicinal properties and eased the symptoms of colds and the flu? That our grandmothers were RIGHT?? We felt so validated. The new health elixir is bone broth. Here’s a great article from 2015 from a reporter who drank …

Yom Kippur

Challah: Getting in Shape for Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashana is all about crowning God king. Which is one reason we make round challah bread, which symbolizes a crown. Round foods also symbolize the lifecycle, something eternal and never-ending. The circular shape also expresses our wishes that the coming year not be broken by tragedy. But now we’re coming to Yom Kippur, the …

Rosh Hashana

Brisket: No Matter How You Slice It

A succulent brisket on a cutting board, half sliced

This is the final post before Rosh Hashana. In earlier posts, I talked about traditional vegetable dishes and baked goods. Now it’s time to talk brisket. In our house, we’re having brisket three ways for the holiday. After all, it’s a three day event this year: two days of Rosh Hashana immediately followed by Shabbos. …

Rosh Hashana

Mandelbrodt By Any Other Name

The Italian wine Vin Santo with its traditional food pairing of Biscotti

Almonds and dishes containing them are very popular for the upcoming Rosh Hashana holiday, which always makes me think of mandelbrodt (literally “almond bread”). One reason almonds are popular is that they have a separate Hebrew name “shaked” (SHA-kedd). The generic word for nut is “egoz,” which has the same numerical value as the word …