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Purim

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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Mandelkrans (Swedish Almond Wreaths)

Recipe by Darra Goldstein

<i>Mandelkrans</i> (Swedish Almond Wreaths)

From Sheilah Kaufman: Thankfully, the art of baking is alive and well in Scandinavia, where coffee breaks are a cherished part of the day. Darra says, “Anything with almond paste makes me swoon, and this beautiful wreath is a particular favorite.”

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Madfouna (Oxtail Stew with Swiss Chard)

Recipe by Judy Hallet

<i>Madfouna</i> (Oxtail Stew with Swiss Chard)

Madfouna is also a traditional Tunisian Jewish dish served on the Sabbath. Tunisian Jews call it P’kayla. It’s a special dish that our friend and retired restaurant chef, Moncef Meddeb, insisted we include in our cookbook. According to Moncef, it’s one of the grand dishes of Tunisian cuisine, although he describes it as looking like the

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Market Jelena (Pea and Artichoke Stew with Lamb)

Recipe by Judy Hallet

<i>Market Jelena</i> (Pea and Artichoke Stew with Lamb)

Traditionally stews in Tunisia are prepared with lamb. Today many Tunisians substitute chicken for lamb; both are excellent. For a less spicy flavor, replace the Anaheim peppers with Cubanelle peppers or one seeded and sliced bell pepper. If using fresh artichokes, remove leaves and choke, keeping only the hearts. You can use other vegetables for this

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Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Recipe by Paula Shoyer

Chocolate Quinoa Cake

I had heard the myth of chocolate cakes made with cooked quinoa and didn’t quite believe they’d actually be tasty. This cake is surprisingly moist and delicious—great for Passover and all year round.

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