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appetizers

The Heights’ Muhammara (Roasted Pepper and Walnut Dip)

Recipe by Vered Guttman

The Heights’ <em>Muhammara</em> (Roasted Pepper and Walnut Dip)

This classic Middle Eastern dip of roasted pepper, walnut and pomegranate molasses is great for dipping with pita chips or veggies and is excellent in a sandwich with roasted vegetables. Muhammad (above right) is part of The Heights’ Mediterranean platter, which includes homemade hummus with pine nuts, babaganoush and tabbouleh. Jarred roasted peppers work well for this recipe.

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Slightly Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Recipe by Joan Nathan

Slightly Sweet and Sour Cabbage

This recipe comes from Sara Yaech, a woman whom I met on a trip to Havana the week before Barack Obama visited Cuba. Descended on her father’s side from Turkish Jews who came from Istanbul to this Spanish-speaking country in the 1920s, Sara grew up with Turkish and Ladino food. An amazingly alive woman in

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Horseradish and Beet Sauce

Recipe by Joan Nathan

Horseradish and Beet Sauce

Jews serve horseradish, sliced as a root or ground into a sauce, at Passover to symbolize the bitterness of slavery. It was in Ashkenaz, what is now Alsace-Lorraine and southern Germany, that the horseradish root replaced the romaine and arugula of more southerly climates as the bitter herbs at the Passover dinner. Today, farmers in France

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Salmon Gefilte Fish Mold with Horseradish and Beet Sauce

Recipe by Joan Nathan

Salmon Gefilte Fish Mold with Horseradish and Beet Sauce

Although gefilte innovation like the first jarred fish and the frozen loaves are taking over now, I still, as with many things, prefer the taste of homemade that I make twice a year for Passover and Rosh Hashanah. Before Passover, at what we call a “gefilte-in,” friends assemble in my kitchen with their own pots,

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Matzeballen (Traditional Dutch Matzah Balls)

Recipe by KOL Foods

<em>Matzeballen</em> (Traditional Dutch Matzah Balls)

Recipe contributed by Gidon van Emden. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Gidon is currently KOL Foods’ Customer Experience Manager and previously worked as a cook and kashrut supervisor. He shares, “These matzah balls are actually made from matzah, rather than from matzah meal alone. Because you crumble the matzahs yourself, they give a nice texture to

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Herbed Gefilte Fish Terrine

Recipe by Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Herbed Gefilte Fish Terrine

At its most basic, gefilte is a cold fish appetizer served before Ashkenazi holiday and Sabbath meals, and is made by mixing freshwater fish with eggs, onions and spices. One of the things that drew us to gefilte fish was that it stood as a symbol of resourcefulness—how far a single fish could be stretched

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Curaçao–Style Haroset (Garosa)

Recipe by Wendy Nevett Bazil

Curaçao–Style <em>Haroset</em> (<em>Garosa</em>)

Recipe contributed by Melanie Moreno, adapted from Recipes from the Jewish Kitchens of Curaçao, Recipes Compiled by the Sisterhood of Mikvé Israel – Emanuel. This recipe is unique to the island of Curaçao, where Jews have resided since the 17th century. Melanie and René Moreno, and their now-grown children, Ilana and Alex, make this version

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Passover Carrot-Apple Pudding

Recipe by Nava Atlas

Passover Carrot-Apple Pudding

This sweet side dish of spiced carrots and apples brightens the Passover dinner plate. Baked until crusty, it’s also yummy enough to be an everyday dessert with a dollop of coconut yogurt. Photo by Evan Atlas.

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