Why Do Jews Eat Challah on Shabbat?

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Challah, soft and rich, brushed with egg wash, and woven into complex shapes or beautiful braids, is served in households around the world with Shabbat dinner. In many parts of the U.S. and Europe, challah appears more similar than different — golden, shiny, braided and perhaps dusted with poppy or sesame seeds. Sephardic loaves, on the other hand, take on different flavors, shapes and textures. How did Shabbat’s symbolic bread become the beloved rich and eggy braided loaf that’s baked and enjoyed by millions, worldwide?

Posted on January 20, 2017

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Chicken Fricassee Recipe: A Classic Jewish Favorite

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Some experts say that food isn’t love, but I disagree. The glorious memories I have of my mother’s chicken fricassee have everything to do with love. This dish of hers was beyond delicious, it showed she cared. We were brought up to believe that the wings were the best, most precious part of the chicken and here was this wonderful meal, basically all chicken wings. It couldn’t get better than that.

Posted on January 19, 2017

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Easy Jewish Dessert: Two Ingredient Rugelach Recipe

easy two ingredient rugelach

I know you guys enjoy a good recipe hack, and I think you will love this one: two ingredient rugleach! That’s right: just a package of puff pastry, filling and that’s it. You can make flaky, sweet, indulgent rugelach for your next Shabbat dinner, brunch or just because you need something with your afternoon cup of tea, within 30 minutes.

Posted on January 18, 2017

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How to Host a Vegan Bagels and Lox Brunch

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There was nothing like lox, until we tried carrot lox. According to Food 52 and several of our blogging friends, it might even be (gasp!) better than the actual thing. Pair it with some nut-based cream cheese, fresh dill and a vegan bagel, and you’ll be hooked. This year, we’re expecting lots of creativity in the world of vegan meat and fish, and there’s no better place to start than carrot “lox.”

Posted on January 17, 2017

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Healthy Shabbat Recipe: Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

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My 4-year-old previously meatball-loving child, has recently decided, in fact, she does not like meatballs any longer. Or tomato sauce.  My husband does not like spaghetti squash. And I am trying to cut back on my carbs just a smidge. In short, dinner is becoming harder and harder to coordinate. So when I made sweet and sour meatballs for the first time recently and they were devoured, I knew we had a winner.

Posted on January 11, 2017

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Best Jewish Delis in the South

Pastrami on Rye

After spotlighting some of the Best Delis in the Midwest, the natural thing to do was start daydreaming about delis of the South. We imagined menus full of Southern-Jewish mashups, quirky regulars with southern accents, and noshing outdoors in February. Whether or not this fantasy represents the reality of Jewish delis of the south, we think these hotspots will satisfy anyone’s craving for matzah ball soup and a New York-style bagel with schmear.

Posted on January 10, 2017

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