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Hillary Busis

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Hillary BusisHillary Busis is Mashable’s deputy entertainment editor and a former editor at Entertainment Weekly. Her work has appeared on Vulture, Slate, The Wall Street Journal and Jewcy, among other publications. She blogs at And Such Small PortionsShe lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and too many books.

Gravlax

Recipe by Hillary Busis

Gravlax

First and foremost: Gravlax is not what you’re used to piling high on a sesame bagel with scallion cream cheese, red onion and tomato. That sort of fish—also known as Nova or Scottish-style salmon—is brined, then smoked, a double-headed curing process that gives it its signature flavor and texture. Gravlax, though, cuts smoke out of

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Nut Sticks, aka Mandel Bread, aka Mandelbrot

Recipe by Hillary Busis

Nut Sticks, aka Mandel Bread, aka Mandelbrot

I’m an Ashkenazi Jew. My fiancé is Italian-American. Our ancestral food cultures—meat-and-potatoes kosher versus Mediterranean Treif City—have just about nothing in common, beyond the fact that both of our people eat bread and drink wine. (When it comes to the latter, his people’s is definitely better.) But there is one dish that connects our respective

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Nonnie’s Apple Cake

Recipe by Hillary Busis

Nonnie’s Apple Cake

One of my greatest triumphs in cooking through my grandmother Nonnie’s cookbook so far was her apple cake, a welcome addition to any dessert spread, whether it’s a high holiday or a normal weeknight. “Cake” is right there in the name, but it’s more like a marvelous mess of softly yielding apple chunks just barely

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