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Baklava Babka

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Baklava Babka

A twist on the Jewish classic, this sweet bread combines the sweet yeasted dough of babka with the nutty, spiced flavors of baklava. You can use any variety of nuts, but traditional baklava is made with either pistachios or walnuts, or a combination of the two. Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

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Roasted Rainbow Veggie Kebabs

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Roasted Rainbow Veggie Kebabs

Everyone loves to eat a snack on a stick, especially when there’s also a dip. For the big game, elevate the ubiquitous raw veggies and hummus with this simple, make-ahead healthful snack that everyone will enjoy eating. Even better: Get kids involved in assembling the kebabs!

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Hearty Greens Soup

Recipe by Emily Landsman

Hearty Greens Soup

I think that throwing out broccoli stems and kale ribs is one of the great shames of our culinary lives. That’s why I came up with this simple recipe for an easy and hearty pareve vegetable soup starring greens and their ribs.

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Chewy Tahini Blondies

Recipe by Adeena Sussman

Chewy Tahini Blondies

I’ve made these so many times, so you won’t have to. On the surface this seems like a dead-simple recipe, but it took quite a bit of tinkering to nail. Tahini has a complex molecular structure made up of lots of tiny carbohydrate molecules that cling to liquid for dear life, seizing up the way

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Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by Leah Koenig

Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Sephardi Jews traditionally eat foods made with pumpkin and squash on Rosh Hashanah, when they hold symbolic significance. Jewish traders also played a major role in spreading the New World gourd across the Mediterranean during the time of Columbus, and Sephardi cuisine continues to utilize pumpkin in many baked goods, jams, and other dishes today.

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New Potato Salad

Recipe by Tanya Tolchin

New Potato Salad

New potatoes—those dug just a few days before cooking—are a whole different story than the usual varieties you find at the supermarket. They are full of moisture and will cook up very fast. Poke often while boiling, as they will soften faster than you expect.

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Rugelach

Recipe by Heather Bien

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Rugelach

I embarked on this project in hopes of incorporating the flavors of my Southern upbringing—pecans, bourbon—into that beloved cookie of my adopted Jewish culture. Doesn’t barely sweet cream-cheese dough wrapped around a rich pecan filling sound like a match made in heaven? That’s because it is.

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Cran-Apple Jam

Recipe by Stacey Viera

Cran-Apple Jam

Jewish practice of making jams and other fruit preserves have roots in Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities. Preserving the sweetness of the season allows for special jams to be served at brit milah and other happy occasions. “In the old days,” Claudia Roden writes, “large quantities were made during their season to last through the year.

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Ritual Challah

Recipe by Beth Ricanati

Ritual Challah

I share this recipe with a nod to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan. I have adapted and used this recipe of theirs, which a friend of mine shared with me, since the first time I made challah so long ago. Specifically, she said that it was used in a Mommy and Me cooking

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