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Judy Bart Kancigor

Summer Reading, Summer Eating

September 7, 2015, by

They call it summer reading, but if you’re like me, you don’t need a season to open a book. Some credit Oprah with starting the phenomenon, but, according to Rachel Jacobsohn, author of “The Reading Group Handbook,” there are approximately 500,000 book clubs in the United States, double the number since 1994. And those that

Craving Mama Hinda’s Challah

September 2, 2015, by

I hadn’t looked at my grandmother’s challah recipe since her death in 1975 at age 91, which she had dictated in Yiddish to my mother during her final hospitalization in intensive care. But with Rosh Hashanah approaching, I longed for my grandmother’s turban shaped loaf, the centerpiece of our holiday table. I grew up downstairs

Think Shavuot, Say Cheese

September 1, 2015, by

When we think of Shavuot, we think of cheese, but how did this tradition begin? I asked Gil Marks, whose fascinating cookbook, “Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World” (Wiley Publishing), won the prestigious James Beard award for best vegetarian cookbook. “The use of dairy to celebrate

Dishing It Up For Mom

August 31, 2015, by

It’s kind of a self-serving gift. You give your mother a cookbook for Mother’s Day and who benefits, Mom or you? Once upon a time cooking the family meal was just another bit of drudgery in Mom’s overworked day. Today cooking is considered a creative outlet, but with our busy schedules and hectic lives, we’re

What’s For Dinner? Or Lunch. In Israel – An Interview With Janna Gur

August 31, 2015, by

Janna Gur is the founder and editor of Al Hashulchan (“On the Table”), a leading Israeli food and wine magazine, and author of “The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey” (Schocken Books), at once a cookbook, a beautifully photographed coffee table book and a fascinating culinary history lesson on the diverse cuisine of

Matzah, Matzah… Prunes anyone?

August 27, 2015, by

Passover 1975. It seemed like a good idea. I’d introduce the subject of prayer to my religious school class at my local synagogue (Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton, CA) by asking my eager, precocious teenagers to write a telegram to G-d. I expected thank you’s and gimme’s. Imagine my reaction to this: “Dear G-d stop

Passover – Creative Cooking

August 27, 2015, by

Most dishes we think of as “Jewish food” are delicious borrowings from whatever country our ancestors happened to find themselves in, but one of the very few foods that Jews actually did invent is matzah, the unleavened cakes the Hebrew slaves ate in their haste to depart Egypt. Today strict rabbinical rules govern every aspect

A Traditional Purim Feast. Brought Up to Date.

March 3, 2009, by

When Jayne Cohen and her sister returned home after their grandmother had passed away, they were determined to recreate the holiday dishes they had grown up on. But neither had ever attempted these traditional recipes. Those had been Grandma’s province. “We had never thought to copy down her recipes,” Cohen lamented. “But we shared a

A Chavurah Dinner Group

February 19, 2009, by

I have to admit, I’ve reached that “certain” age when most of my friends have turned their kitchens into planters. As one of them puts it, “If the Almighty had intended me to cook, he wouldn’t have given us Costco!” So it’s no wonder that when my husband and I and five other local couples

Easy Does It: Recipes For the Rushed

January 23, 2009, by

The bigger they are the harder they fall. True for baked goods (my attempts at Aunt Estelle’s Mile-High Sponge Cake measure more like a block and a half) and true for superstars. But long before Martha Stewart imploded on Implone, the anti-Martha forces were gathering. While America loved watching Martha make from-scratch puff pastry for