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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.

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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Homemade Cheese Bourekas

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Homemade Cheese <em>Bourekas</em>

Making cheese bourekas from made-from-scratch puff pastry is a labor of love. With Shavuot approaching, this was a good opportunity to satisfy my craving for a good bourekas and check off a baking goal: puff pastry. The result is worth the work—a savory, flaky, buttery, piping hot cheese bourekas is the ultimate comfort food. If

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The Key to Good Fortune

by Leah Hadad

The Key to Good Fortune

When it comes to superstitious rituals, the divide between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews isn’t as wide as some might think. Case in point: bsisa and shlissel challah, two post-Passover practices to bring prosperity.

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Shlissel Challah with Bsisa

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Shlissel</em> Challah with <em>Bsisa</em>

Said to be superstitious, both the North African bsisa and the Ashkenazi shlissel challah traditions are practiced around Passover. Both represent prayers for abundance and good fortune. Hoping for a double blessing, I combine both traditions: adding traditional bsisa ingredients (raisins, almonds, spices and sprinkles) to shlissel challah—even if it seems overly superstitious.

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