A letter to Bubbie

Dear Bubbie,   We live in California now, and my Jewish cooking has gotten all mixed up with local influences. I’m sorry and I feel really bad but your beloved chicken soup has become your grandchildren’s favorite Mexican chicken soup. I still make your soup. Especially when the kids are sick or it’s a really cold…

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A Sweet New Year

 Happy Sunday! Today it’s all about honey. It was so much fun sourcing all these great honey products for Rosh Hashanah. Hope you enjoy them! If you want more information on any of the items below, just click the description (in blue) underneath each photo and you’ll be directed right to the site. Next week, I’ll…

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Making Tamales with Samuel

Every summer my son and I make tamales.  It was originally his idea. As a Jewish girl growing up in New Jersey, I didn’t really know a heck of a lot about Mexican food. I knew where to get the best bagels and lox, pickles and pastrami, ice cream and candy. Mexican food was not…

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“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and the stranger” (Lev.19:…

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Irina’s Chopped Liver

  I love my collection of Jewish cookbooks. I use them them often and especially during the Jewish holidays. But really, for me the best recipes come from family and close friends. My fifth-grader wanted to make chopped liver for his end-of-school-year class potluck. His teacher requested that each student bring in a homemade dish…

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Oma and Bella and Florence and Me


I know it’s Mother’s Day but I’m thinking about grandmothers.  Actually, I’ve been thinking about grandmothers for the past couple of weeks.  Last week I wrote about Oma and Bella — two holocaust survivors who recreated all the dishes their mothers and grandmothers made for them as children from memory. Oma’s granddaughter, Alexa Karolinski, made a film about them as they cooked and told stories about their lives. She…

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