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Old-Country Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom barley soup has become a standard on Jewish deli restaurant menus, but you can make great mushroom barley soup at home. This pleasing potage is also good for you because of the healthful fiber [more…]

Meat-Stuffed Peppers with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Dill

Jewish cuisine features countless ways to stuff peppers — many with meat mixtures, as in this recipe. Stuffed peppers are simple to make, and adding tomatoes and tomato sauce to the stuffing keeps it exceptionally [more…]

Bourekas: Savory Cheese-Filled Pastries

These cheese-filled pastries are relatively easy to make — if you purchase the dough to make your feta-filled bourekas. Flaky filo dough makes the best bourekas, but you can also use puff pastry and pie [more…]

Falafel (Fried Chickpea Nuggets)

Serve spicy falafel in a sandwich, as an appetizer, or as a snack. Falafel is made of soaked dried chickpeas, not cooked or canned ones. When the falafel balls are deep fried, the chickpeas become cooked [more…]

Jewish Pastries

Pastry appetizers are special treats for Jewish holidays and other festive occasions. These Jewish pastries can be either sweet or savory, depending on the pastry filling. Each Jewish community has developed [more…]

Cheese Blintzes

Blintz wrappers resemble crepes or very thin pancakes. Enjoy these cheese blintzes with their time-honored partners: sour cream and fruit preserves. Or top your cheese blintzes with a fresh blueberry or [more…]

Garlic Roast Lamb with Potatoes

On some tables, roast lamb is the entree of choice for Passover. For this recipe, the lamb is flavored with garlic. Garlic flavors the potatoes, too. To simplify the preparation, buy a boneless roast. [more…]

Flourless Jewish Desserts for Passover

Jewish cooks have created an amazingly varied selection of Passover desserts. They prepare their dessert batters by replacing the flour with matzos, matzo meal, cake meal, or potato starch. Flourless Passover [more…]

Challah (Egg Bread)

Challah, or hallah, is a delicious bread with a deep brown crust and soft white crumb. Challah has become the best-loved egg bread in much of the United States. Baking challah at home is a joy because [more…]

How to Keep Kosher with Meat and Seafood

Keeping kosher is the guiding principle behind Jewish food traditions. The rules of keeping kosher involve how you select food, how you cook it, and how you plan your menus. To keep kosher, you have many [more…]

Sephardic Grilled Chicken

This Sephardic grilled chicken appears on the barbecues of homes and restaurants throughout Israel. With its Mediterranean marinade, the grilled chicken is a succulent and flavorful main dish. [more…]

Mushroom Asparagus Noodle Kugel

When asparagus is plentiful, it can make a delicious addition to noodle kugel with sautéed mushrooms and onions. You can also make this noodle kugel with broccoli if fresh asparagus isn’t available. [more…]

Jewish Apple Walnut Cake

You flavor this Jewish apple walnut cake with cinnamon, orange, and vanilla — be sure to use fresh walnuts. This style of apple cake has long been a popular Jewish dessert. You can use either tart or sweet [more…]

Lox and Eggs

Lox and eggs is a popular dish at deli-restaurants serving Jewish-style cuisine — and lox with scrambled eggs is ideal for preparing at home. It’s very easy, takes no time, and costs much less when you [more…]

Two-Way Eggplant Spread

Wildly popular in Israel, this eggplant spread is easy to make because you grill the eggplants whole. Keep this spread on hand in the refrigerator for a tasty snack. Fresh pita bread is the usual accompaniment [more…]

Rice Pilaf with Apricots, Almonds, and Cashews

Rice pilaf garnished with nuts and fruit is a favorite Jewish special occasion dish. This lively, colorful rice pilaf dish accompanies chicken, turkey, and beef equally well. You can also make this dish [more…]

Sephardic Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes and Zucchini

Jewish cooks use this recipe’s all-purpose formula as a general way to enliven egg dishes. Adding vegetables, including tomatoes and zucchini, to scrambled eggs gives them a bit of kick. [more…]

How to Keep Kosher with Dairy Products

To keep kosher, you must follow Jewish dietary laws, which are a basic precept of Judaism. The rules of keeping kosher break foods into three main categories — dairy, meat, and pareve. Keeping kosher means [more…]

Fruit and Wine Compote

This fruit and wine compote is basically fruit poached in liquid with sugar, which forms a syrup. Compote is perfect for making ahead and tastes even better after it’s been refrigerated for a day or two [more…]

Potato Latkes

These potato latkes (or potato pancakes) are lacy and crisp, and they’re always a hit at parties and dinners. Serve these potato latkes with their traditional partners — applesauce and sour cream. [more…]

Grilled Sweet Pepper Salad

This popular Mediterranean-style Jewish appetizer salad consists of marinated, grilled sweet peppers with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Garnish the pepper salad with your favorite Middle Eastern or [more…]

Easy Gefilte Fish

Gefilte fish, or poached fish dumplings, is a familiar dish of the Jewish kitchen because of its wide availability in jars. Homemade gefilte fish is far superior, and it’s a standard on many holiday tables [more…]

Hamantaschen with Poppy Seeds

Hamantaschen are triangular cookies filled with poppy seed, prune, or apricot. You first make the hamantaschen cookie dough, then you move on to the scrumptious filling. This recipe calls for fresh poppy [more…]

Crisp Cookie Dough for Purim Hamantaschen

This delicately sweet cookie dough is perfect for making hamantaschen at Purim. These triangular Purim cookies begin with dough cut in circles. Basically, you take three arcs of each dough round and fold [more…]

How to Make Chocolate Almond Rum Balls for Purim

Chocolate stands for celebrations, and these scrumptious sweets make great additions to the traditional Purim gift boxes of treats — if you manage to resist eating while you’re shaping them! The mixture [more…]

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