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Norene Gilletz

Passover Memories Then and Now

August 27, 2015, by

My favorite recipes are those that stand the test of time, especially family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special food memories as food has the power to transport us back in time to life’s special occasions and the holidays from days gone by. When I was

Simanim–Sign Me Up For A Sweet, Healthy New Year!

August 21, 2015, by

Rosh Hashanah is usually associated with apples and honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. In our family, honey cake, apple cake or strudel and a carrot tzimmes sweetened with honey are always on the menu. The following are recipes that include some of the special symbolic foods—the simanim—eaten on Rosh Hashanah: fish, pomegranates,

Chanukah Delights

July 29, 2015, by

In honor of Chanukah, it is traditional to eat foods fried in oil, including luscious latkes and sufganiyot (Israeli-style donuts traditionally filled with jam). Dairy dishes, especially those made with cheese, are also customary because the Jewish heroine Yehudit killed Holofernes, the Assyrian general, after feeding him cheese and wine. The challenge for today’s kosher

Recipes to Calm a Nervous Cook

April 13, 2011, by

Please note: Norene Gilletz is a freelance kosher food writer. The Orthodox Union makes no endorsements or representations regarding kashrut certification of various products/vendors referred to in her articles, blog, or web site. Each year, Passover strikes an acute sense of panic in the hearts of most homemakers long before the spring holiday actually arrives.

Chanukah Health-Consciousness

November 29, 2010, by

This article originally appeared in Jewish Action Magazine WINTER 2010/5771 – Volume 71, No. 2. For more articles, click Jewish Action Magazine or visit: http://www.ou.org/jewish_action To subscribe to Jewish Action Magazine hard-copy and receive a special price offer, click Jewish Action Magazine Subscription, or visit: https://www.ou.org/jewish_action/subscribe/ In honor of Chanukah, it is traditional to eat foods

Secrets For a Simply Delicious Purim Seuda

February 19, 2009, by

Preparing for a Purim Seuda is always a challenge, especially when you’re preparing for a large crowd. So many people, so little time! I received the following request a few days ago from one of our readers: “I have taken it upon myself to make a Purim Seuda for 40 people BE”H. I’ve never done

Healthy Passover Pleasures

February 19, 2009, by

Most traditional Pesach recipes are high in calories, carbohydrates and fat, but are low in fiber. Traditions are hard to break and favorite foods are difficult to “pass up,” especially during a holiday. To help you eat well even during Pesach, here are some healthy and delicious recipes that are sure to please the guests

Fruitful Offerings From Israel For Tu B’Shevat

February 2, 2009, by

Janna Gur recently visited Toronto, Canada and provided a sneak preview of her magnificent new cookbook, The Book of New Israeli Food (Schocken 2008) for Tu bi’Shvat for the Jewish National Fund. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, Janna Gur immigrated to Israel in 1974. She now lives in Tel Aviv and is