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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.

Aranygaluska (Hungarian Pull-Apart Bread)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Aranygaluska</em> (Hungarian Pull-Apart Bread)

Hungarian immigrants introduced aranygaluska, a traditional Hungarian coffeecake whose name means “golden dumpling,” to the US in the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century. This coffeecake is the predecessor of what we identify today as monkey or pull-apart bread, which first appeared in the 1972 Betty Croker Cookbook and was later popularized by First Lady Nancy Reagan,

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A Bowl Full of Memories

by Leah Hadad

A Bowl Full of Memories

Even after becoming pescatarian, there’s one dish that still stirs up Leah’s memories: Yemenite chicken soup, especially the Passover version. But it turns out the flavors hold their own even without the meat.

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Yemenite Chicken Soup

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Yemenite Chicken Soup

This is a traditional Yemenite soup that was a daily item on the menu when I was growing up. For the seder meal, the cook would remove the meat from the pot and add broken-up matzah—enough to sop up the turmeric-infused broth. Then, hilba, a fenugreek relish spiced with chili paste, was added. It all

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Hilba (Fenugreek Relish)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Hilba</em> (Fenugreek Relish)

Hilba (or hilbeh) is the Yemeni Arabic word for fenugreek as well as for the traditional spicy relish Yemenite Jews make from fenugreek seeds to add to soup and some dairy dishes or use as a dip with pita or lahouh, a spongy, fermented Yemenite pancake. Yemenite soup with hilba is comforting and delicious, as

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Galoub

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Galoub</em>

This traditional Yemenite fried pita goes by various names, depending on which of the 1,000 Jewish settlements in Yemen one came from. My mother called it galoub or gourse interchangeably, but others call it zalabia or dourdour. The simple fried pita is torn into bite-sized pieces, drenched with warm ghee or samna (clarified butter) and

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Mooma’s Spicy Fish

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Mooma’s Spicy Fish

Recipe contributed by Gil Hovav. In his memoir, Candies from Heaven, Israeli food writer and personality Gil Hovav offers several family recipes from his childhood in 1960s Jerusalem, one of which is his grandmother’s spicy fish recipe. “There was no Friday night meal without a pot of spicy fish in red sauce, and lots of

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The Flavors of Memory

by Leah Hadad

The Flavors of Memory

Israeli food writer and personality Gil Hovav’s newly translated memoir, the third in a trilogy, paints a picture of 1960s Jerusalem and one family that has played an extraordinary part in Israeli history.

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Hungarian Jewish Flódni Cake

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Hungarian Jewish <em>Flódni</em> Cake

On a visit to Hungary last summer, I discovered flódni, a traditional cake of Jewish Budapest. The Jewish community preserved the flódni tradition, which now has a wider audience in the Hungarian beyond the Jewish community and has come to symbolize the diversity of Hungarian society. With five layers of dough and four distinct fillings—poppy

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