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Esther Schuster

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About the Author

Esther SchusterEsther Schuster (mom) is a recently retired social worker and the former executive director of Collat Jewish Family Services in Birmingham, AL. She now enjoys having time for grocery shopping and cooking in daylight hours, mahjong and other new pursuits. Esther thrives on throwing dinner parties for 40 + people, which “ain’t no thang” in Alabama. She is the mother of one daughter, three refrigerators and four freezers. Crucial in-stock food items for her include canned tomatoes, shelled walnuts and pine nuts, Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (she has over 30 pounds in the laundry room freezer right now…seriously), EVOO, black beans and Jarlsberg cheese. She loves Costco and olives.

Bubbe’s Cheese Blintzes

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Bubbe’s Cheese Blintzes

These are basic cheese blintzes…my mother’s basic cheese blintzes! To me, they are the defining blintz, and nothing brings back the food memories of my childhood more than this blintz. Mild, buttery, cheesy and creamy—the ultimate comfort food! Their smell, taste and abundance are imprinted on all of us. Bubbe’s grandchildren were lucky enough to be

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Lily’s Persian-Style Herbed Rice

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Lily’s Persian-Style Herbed Rice

The first time I had this flavorful dish I was in California while helping to prepare a family dinner with an old friend at her old friend’s home. Not only is Lily a gracious hostess, inviting a bunch of strangers into her home for dinner, but she is also a fabulous cook! I am pleased

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Southern-Style Chanukah Fried Tomatoes

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Southern-Style Chanukah Fried Tomatoes

I rarely fry foods—except on Chanukah. Even then, I am always looking for a way to lighten it up a bit or infuse the holiday that celebrates oil with some redeeming nutritional value. This year I decided to create a modified version of Southern fried green tomatoes. They are easy to make and a great

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