Category: Ashkenazi

Ashkenazi, Desserts, Sukkot

Almond Biscotti or Mandelbrot? A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

almond biscotti

In the run-up to Sukkot, it’s nice to bake a variety of cookies. Most cookies keep well, even at room temperature. Biscotti or Mandelbrot are pretty much the same thing and are traditionally enjoyed with a glass of tea at the end of a meal. They are also far easier to prepare than most cookies. …

Ashkenazi, Easy, Main courses, Passover

Leftover Passover Matzoh? Make Matzoh Brie

Skillet of fried matzoh (matzoh brie)

Passover is over, but if you’re like most people, you’ve got leftover matzoh. What to do? Make matzoh brie! It’s easy enough to make and it’s deliciously rib-sticking good. While most people make a sweet version of matzoh brie—or “fried matzee” as we called it growing up—topping the mixture with cinnamon sugar, Jews of Lithuanian …

Ashkenazi, Easy, Shabbos

Eggs and Onion: Chopped Liver Without the Liver

Eggs and onion on a slice of baguette garnished with parsley

We are like every other Jewish home, always looking for a new or interesting forshpeis. Just recently, we remembered eggs and onion, which is basically chopped liver without the liver. You put together some sieved, chopped, or mashed hardboiled egg (however your mom did it), with some raw chopped onion, and some schmaltz to bind …

Ashkenazi, Desserts, Parve

Nut Rolls to Fill That Empty Freezer

Nut rolls

Now that the Jewish high holidays are over, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The cooking marathon is over. Alas, our freezers are empty and we have nothing to serve our guests and grandchildren when they come to visit. Enter nut roll cakes to the rescue. The cake rolls aren’t difficult to make, and …

Ashkenazi, Easy, Parve, Rosh Hashana, Sukkot, Yom Kippur

Makeahead Parve Apple Noodle Kugel

Apple Noodle Kugel

Rosh Hashana is all about apples and hey, why not? It’s apple season. While we are sad to say goodbye to summer fruit, we are happy to welcome this new friend, which pairs so well with cinnamon. This kugel calls for a full tablespoon of this warm spice, so it is really for cinnamon lovers. …

Ashkenazi, Food Science, Main courses, Shabbos

Cholent: Meal in a Crockpot

Plate of cholent with garnish

Cholent, that rib-sticking Jewish Sabbath stew with its beef, barley, and beans, and overnight cooking, is the central focus of an old joke. A priest complains to a rabbi about his incessant insomnia. The rabbi says, “I have the perfect remedy: cholent. Eat it and you’ll sleep like a baby!” The rabbi gives the priest …