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Leah Hadad

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Leah HadadLeah Hadad once worked as a lawyer, but her lifelong love for cooking and baking led her to start Tribes-a-Dozen and develop its signature product, Voilà! Hallah, a line of all-natural, kosher challah bread mixes. Her calling now is to revive the tradition of baking challah at home. Leah draws on her Yemenite-Israeli roots as she is mixin' traditions in her kitchen for family and friends in Washington, DC.

Israeli Cheesecake, Kind of

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Israeli Cheesecake, Kind of

Suddenly longing for the Israeli cheesecake I remembered fondly, I embarked on a search spanning two continents for that classic recipe. I bridged present and past, finally putting together the long-lost recipe thanks to the help of newly found old friends, my sister and the Internet. Alas, the old-country recipe called for ingredients not readily

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Hearty Head of Cauliflower

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Hearty Head of Cauliflower

Roasted whole cauliflower head is all the rage right now. Israeli chef Eyal Shani is famous for his whole roasted cauliflower, which is parboiled in salted water and then roasted. Here, I streamline the method by removing the parboiling step, instead roasting the whole cauliflower wrapped in foil so that it retains its nutrients and

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As American as Apple Pie

by Leah Hadad

As American as Apple Pie

An immigrant to the US, Leah loved Thanksgiving right away, but not so much apple pie. Even after finding a recipe she does like, she still keeps this Israeli-style apple crumb cake in the rotation.

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Apple Crumb Cake

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Apple Crumb Cake

An immigrant from Israel, at first I did not like apple pie. After baking with my then-seven-year-old son his choice of pie, I finally learned to bake and love apple pie. I am still partial to this apple dessert, with its more balanced ratio of pastry to filling and contrasting textures. To keep it pareve,

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Fried Lentil Knishes

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Fried Lentil Knishes

This is a savory twist on the sweet sufganiya, or doughnut, ubiquitous in Israel during Chanukah. As a vegetarian, I always look for recipes that can add protein to my diet. The combination of lentil and wheat flour here is that of grain and legumes that is necessary for creating whole protein. Mixin’ Traditions, I

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Homemade Burger Buns

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Homemade Burger Buns

The burger bun is traditionally an enriched brioche-like bread. A product of the American melting pot, the hamburger marries two cultures: French (the bread) and German (the meat patty). A home-baked bun can, without a doubt, elevate any burger. Pair a large burger with a thick, hearty bun, one that will absorb all its juices without disintegrating. For a

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