Sonya Sanford

Sonya Sanford is a writer, chef, and podcast host living in Portland, OR. She specializes in Ukrainian and Soviet food, Jewish diasporic cuisine, and Pacific Northwest seasonal cooking, and is the author of "Braids: Recipes From My Pacific Northwest Jewish Kitchen." You can find more of her work at and follow her on Instagram @sonyamichellesanford.

Articles by Sonya Sanford

The Best Matzah Lasagna Recipe

Unbelievably easy and delicious.

Easy Cheddar Cheese Coins for Hanukkah

The best kind of edible gelt is made with cheese, not chocolate.

This Portland Deli Has the Best Latkes In the U.S.

Sweet Lorraine’s proves Portland has a hunger for good Jewish food.

It Isn’t Rosh Hashanah at My House Without Smoked Fish

Unlike gefilte fish, this easy appetizer is a crowd-pleaser.

These Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings Are My Rosh Hashanah Comfort Food  

Apple dumplings are rich and homey, and when drizzled in honey, they can sweetly welcome in the New Year.

These Ukrainian Cherry Dumplings Taste Like My Childhood

Sour cherry vareniki can be eaten as a main course or dessert.

This One-Bowl Tzimmes Cake Is Sweet Perfection

Combining sweet Ashkenazi tzimmes into baked goods has become an American Jewish tradition.

This Vegetarian Shawarma Recipe Is Perfect for Feeding a Crowd

This vegan main is versatile and customizable, and can be prepared in advance