[THANKSGIVUKKAH] Baked pumpkin spice donuts seem blasphemous next to the piles of luscious fried, jelly-filled sufganiyot in Jerusalem’s markets, but the flavors go a long way toward bringing home closer over the holidays.
[THANKSGIVUKKAH] This holiday mashup seems designed for Jews in the South. Who knows better how to combine oil and food than Southerners? But are fried turkey and deep-fried pecan pie going too far?
[A COMMUNITY COOKBOOK STORY] From kugels, blintzes and babkas to sweet potato pie, cheese straws and tomato tarts, Esther’s community cookbooks tell stories of places she’s lived, customs she’s learned and people she’s known.
Once a daughter has learned her mother’s kitchen tricks, she can offer her own lessons. After learning well, Shaina is now putting her own imprint and new twists on recipes, techniques and traditions.
Esther had to get used to having her daughter home for the summer, but now she is gone…again. The house feels empty and the kitchen too-clean. Time to start cooking.
This year, Shaina is feeling those old back-to-school jitters as she gets ready to go back to classes and homework—the grad school version. On the agenda: healthy breakfast muffins.
Veggies and spices, plans and prayers…It’s not just the holidays, but also help for Esther through the stress of her daughter’s impending departure. Cooking is control and feeding is love.
With mom and dad away, Shaina finally has the kitchen to herself. She’s even taken over her mom’s pink cooking shoes as she cooks, tests and plans menus for the big Rosh Hashanah meal.
Isn’t it natural for a mother to want her daughter to be home for the holidays? Bubbe’s potato knishes are always popular, but Shaina’s creative dishes would spice up the Rosh Hashanah menu.
While Shaina was gone, things at home changed, including friends who now look all “grownup.” A messy kitchen becomes her canvas for working through the disorientation and plotting life’s next steps.