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Marion Usher

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Marion UsherFor over 20 years, Dr. Marion Usher has helped Jewish interfaith couples examine the role of love and religion in their relationships. She has worked with over 600 interfaith couples, as well as parents and grandparents, in workshops and reached many more through her website and blog. A professor of psychiatry with a private practice, Marion is also a grandmother who delights in preparing Shabbat and holiday meals for her family.

Marion’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Recipe by Marion Usher

Marion’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs

My mother always made meatballs for Passover. For years I actually forgot about them. Then I thought, what wonderful comfort food to be included in my totally Ashkenazi Passover menu! This recipe is a compilation of ingredients from recipes in my old and tried recipe books from Montreal and my early days of marriage. They

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Lessons of a First Thanksgiving

by Marion Usher

Lessons of a First Thanksgiving

[THANKSGIVUKKAH] A first Thanksgiving didn’t seem difficult to do. So what if she’s Canadian? Maple syrup could only add to the dinner. But years later Marion Usher remembers blending different backgrounds and traditions can be bumpy.

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Pecan Pie

Recipe by Marion Usher

Pecan Pie

In 1977, for my first Thanksgiving in the US, I served sour coleslaw, baked beans with hot dogs,  Montreal’s famous smoked turkey and a pecan pie. The pie recipe was from my days in Canada and used maple syrup, a Quebec favorite. I really missed the mark with everything that day except this pie that

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Golden Creamed Onions

Recipe by Marion Usher

Golden Creamed Onions

Creamed onions seem to be less popular than they used to be, but my family and I adore them. Gently golden brown, each one delivers a little package of the perfect blending of savory with the sweetness of onions cooked slowly.

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Brussels Sprouts

Recipe by Marion Usher

Brussels Sprouts

Who ever thought Brussels sprouts would be in demand by children! But my grandchildren love these and are willing to do battle with the adults at the table to get their fair share.

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Marion’s Easy Brisket

Recipe by Marion Usher

Marion’s Easy Brisket

I know the ingredients are rather dated and seem overly simple, but you will not regret making the brisket this way. The gravy is rich and has a sweet and savory taste. You must use the wine because the sugar in it makes the brisket tender. This dish is absolutely best prepared a day in

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