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Purim

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Recipe by Judith Rontal

<em>Onigiri</em> (Japanese Rice Balls)

Put down the rolling pin and create a new kind of triangle to enjoy during Purim. Onigiri are Japanese triangle-shaped rice treats featuring hidden fillings. Keep it classic by sprinkling the rice with sesame seeds or furikake, or get creative with your fillings, for example filling with chicken or tuna to make it a meal.

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Black-and-White Hamantashen

Recipe by Heather Bien

Black-and-White Hamantashen

My first foray into baking hamantashen was with a Nutella-filled recipe. You can’t go wrong with that, right? Well, yes, yes you can. We cut the dough too thick, couldn’t fold them correctly into triangles and ended up with what I would call dough clouds rather than cookies. Delicious, but not quite right. So, this

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Tahini and Halva Brownies

Recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

Tahini and Halva Brownies

Because of the combination of tahini, halva and chocolate is great, it will be difficult to eat just one of these brownies.  In order to achieve the perfect balance of cakey and gooey—that sweet spot that all brownies should hit—the cooking time is crucial. It will vary by a minute or so depending on where

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Moroccan Chicken

Recipe by Chef Zipora Einav

Moroccan Chicken

Many Jewish families in the US are familiar with the traditional Eastern Europe dishes of brisket, matzah ball soup, gefilte fish and chopped liver. I do prepare many of these dishes when my clients request them for Shabbat dinners and the Jewish holidays. However, most of my recipes have Mediterranean-inspired flavors that are becoming more

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Spring Lamb with Roasted Vegetables

Recipe by Vered Guttman

Spring Lamb with Roasted Vegetables

This dish of roasted lamb shoulder with vegetables is all about the beauty of spring, as lambs are born and asparagus, sunchokes and artichokes are at their peak. Choose the best spring produce you can find, roast briefly and arrange around the lamb. JFE® Note: In Sephardic communities, unlike among Ashkenazic Jews, it is common

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Masapan (Homemade Marzipan)

Recipe by Vered Guttman

<em>Masapan</em> (Homemade Marzipan)

Spain is the birthplace of marzipan and was first created in the 15th century. Jews adopted this candy as a Jewish dessert after a meat meal. Real Sephardic marzipan will include a few bitter almonds. Unfortunately, those are illegal in America because of the high content of cyanide (though you really only need a tiny

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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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Cinnamon-Spiced Chickpea and Lentil Stew

Recipe by Nava Atlas

Cinnamon-Spiced Chickpea and Lentil Stew

The story of Purim, from the Biblical book named for the beautiful young Jewish woman Esther, tells of how she was taken to the house of King Ahasuerus in ancient Persia to be part of his harem. Not knowing her identity, he fell in love with her and made her queen. Legend has it that

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Salted Bourbon Caramel Hamantashen

Recipe by Marcia Friedman

Salted Bourbon Caramel Hamantashen

Tender bourbon-scented pastry dough gives way to a creamy caramel center in this grown-up hamantashen. Homemade caramel sauce (adapted from a recipe by Samin Nosrat in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) tastes best, but store-bought works in a pinch. Plan to make the dough and caramel sauce the night before baking. For drizzle topping, use the

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Gingerbread Apple Pie Hamantashen

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Gingerbread Apple Pie Hamantashen

It isn’t a proper Purim without some tasty hamantashen! Pie lovers, have you ever realized that hamantashen are basically like hand pies? This spiced dough and sweet apple pie filling has all your favorite pie flavors and will definitely shine at your hamantashen swap.

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