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Chraimeh: Not Your Bubbe’s Gefilte Fish

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All week long, Jews of modest means wait for the Sabbath when all manner of delicacies are served. As one popular Shabbat zemer goes, the Sabbath “is a time to delight in all kinds of pleasures: fatted geese, quail, and fish.” The more, the merrier. Ashkenazi Jews often ate gefilte fish on Shabbos, because fish …

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Borscht is Cool Summer Comfort Food

When it’s too hot to cook, you want simple things you can make. Things without a lot of ingredients but with lots and lots of flavor. Borscht, the dairy version, fits the bill. It’s plain, healthy, and can be served cold. It’s so easy to make it’s almost not a recipe. If your mom opened …

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Zaatar: A Delight for the Senses

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A very simple herbal dip for challah and other bread, zaatar is a type of wild thyme, but the dip, a mixture of herbs, sesame seeds, olive oil, and salt, is also called by this name. Everyone Israeli has a favorite rendition of this nose and palate-opening opener. Here is an adaptation of Claudia Roden’s …

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Don’t Make a Tzimmes Out of It

It’s an expression: not to make a tzimmes out of something. A Tzimmes is a traditional Jewish dish that mixes disparate ingredients that somehow manage to work together well. Since the dish has so many ingredients, it’s seen as complicated and complex. Making a tzimmes out of something means to overcomplicate a situation. When people …