I am a born- and-bred New Yorker who loves a good, classic bagel and schmear. It’s practically a requirement to live in the New York area. I have been working on my own recipe for some time (stay tuned!) and I am no stranger to the rainbow bagel and other crazy counterparts that have been trendy the past two years. In fact, I first spotted rainbow bagels nearly three years ago in Hoboken, NJ near my daughter’s former preschool. And since then, indeed, rainbow bagels have taken over.
I grew up going to Rein’s Deli outside of Hartford, Connecticut — almost exactly halfway between my home in Massachusetts and my grandmother’s house in New York. Stopping at Rein’s on a road trip was sometimes a treat but often a necessity for my parents (my sister, Jenny, and I were usually fighting loudly in the back seat). I remember liking the barrel of pickles, the endless menu, and the enormous, messy sandwiches at Rein’s. My dad always got the tongue sandwich with Swiss and I always got a kosher frank (no kraut). As I got older and my tastes evolved, I occasionally branched out to egg salad or a Reuben (or a Rachael, if I was feeling especially risqué).
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?
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.”
This year has been awesome for Jewish food – amazing Jewish cookbooks came out, Israeli food was consistently celebrated in the news and new eateries keep opening truly declaring: Jewish food is beloved by all and not going anywhere. Oh Jewish food – I am totally shepping nachas for your accomplishments this year. Mazals.
You may have heard of chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz from the Post Punk Kitchen or from her recipe blog, IsaChandra.com. She was one of the first vegan cooks to make a home for herself on the blogosphere, and she created more than just a food blog — she built a forum for anyone who wanted to learn the ins and outs of cooking without animal products. For me, her blog is still the best place on the Internet for vegan challah, mac ‘n cheese, and cinnamon buns!
Israeli food — hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and more — continues to trend, transforming the way Americans cook and eat. What started with Israeli-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook and continued with a surge of Israeli-owned restaurants and small-batch hummus and tahini-makers, the Israeli food scene shows no sign of slowing.