Strawberry Desserts for Jewish Food Lovers

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Strawberry Desserts for Jewish Food Lovers

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May flowers aren’t cause for celebration in my allergy-ridden family. But when it comes to food here in the Northeast, May and June are a great time for my family, friends, and clients. So many vegetables and a smattering of (sort of local-ish) fresh fruits are finally available. There’s a bonus for a Jewish food historian, anthropologist and all-around food geek like me: It’s prime season for the confluence of fresh ingredients (the first strawberries!) and a holiday about a harvest. Shavuot is one of the three major ancient Jewish harvest festivals (the others being Sukkot and Passover). Shavuot occurs 40 days after Passover, so in 2016, it falls on June 11 through 13. For Jews of Ashkenazi descent, Shavuot means a few culinary classics that have remained in the… Read More

Find Me at TheKitchn.com!

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Find Me at TheKitchn.com!

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Did you all know that I am now a contributing writer at TheKitchn.com? I am hugely excited by the opportunity—I just love what they do and the people there are wonderful to work with. I’ll be sharing my posts for them here on a regular basis. Here is one of my proudest achievements—a post about a truly tasty whole-grain pizza crust. Try it and enjoy some with a few of my favorite pizza recipes below!

What You Can Make for a Foodie’s Mother’s Day Brunch (2016 edition)

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What You Can Make for a Foodie’s Mother’s Day Brunch (2016 edition)

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Looking for some inspiration for the foodie mom in your life? We’ve got some inspiration for you. A quick fact or two about the holiday itself, which I had to research a few years back for a writing project: Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis to commemorate the work of her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Congress originally rejected the proposal, joking that they’d have to celebrate “mother-in-law’s day” too. Really? But they finally thought better of it and, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making it a national holiday. Interestingly, as early as the 1920s, Jarvis the younger disliked the commercialization of the holiday—and pressed for hand-written expressions from child to mother as a heartfelt symbol… Read More

Cinco de Mayo Is NOT Mexican Independence Day

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Cinco de Mayo Is NOT Mexican Independence Day

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This post is by our managing editor, Sherry Gerstein. Thanks for manning the fort, Sherry!—Tami Weiser. Okay, hands in the air—how many of you think that Cinco de Mayo is like our July 4th; in other words, Mexico’s Independence Day? Color me a little embarrassed to discover that the REAL Mexican Independence Day is on September 16! Not only that, but Cinco de Mayo ISN’T a national holiday in Mexico! What gives? The event that started it all was the Battle of Puebla, fought in 1862. Here’s the short version: Mexico owed money to several foreign nations, but couldn’t afford to pay its lenders back. France (remember: Napoleon was running the show at the time) decided to invade Mexico to take its money by force. General Ignacio Zaragoza and his… Read More

Five Newly Inspired Vegetarian Passover Dinners

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Five Newly Inspired Vegetarian Passover Dinners

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“Welcome to a new age” isn’t just the lyrics from Imagine Dragons. It’s a clarion call to those of us who grew up with the kitniyot prohibition on Passover. It wasn’t just no leavened bread and baked goods. It was no rice, no legumes, no corn, nada. It was a world devoid of peanut butter and hummus, and in my decades of vegetarianism it was a real downer. Without meat, baked goods, rice and legumes, and even peas and corn, I was left with salads and fruits and matzo and TempTee cream cheese and little else. Jews of Sephardic heritage never followed this custom. When I ate at their homes, it was truly like manna from heaven. For the past 10 years as an omnivore, I’ve still eaten the foods… Read More