Challah…Although today the word conjures up images of a mouthwatering braided loaf enjoyed during Shabbat (Sabbath) and special occasions, the bread has a much richer biblical history. The word challah first appears in the Tanakh (OT) in Numbers 15:18–21, where God commands the Israelites to set aside the first portion of their dough as anContinue Reading »
The theme of sweetness is central to the celebration of Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year). Israelis wish one another Shanah tovah u’metuka (have a good, sweet year) and enjoy a popular holiday treat of apples dipped in honey. This doubly sweet snack is not the only sugary staple on a traditional New Year’s menu. InContinue Reading »
Nearly every feast in Israel comes with its own food-related traditions. Some holidays call for abstinence from a food group, while others command fasting altogether. Then there are those that invite you to indulge in special delicacies. Shavuot falls in the latter category. On the Feast of Weeks, Israelis dine on all kinds of dairyContinue Reading »
For the seven days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jewish people forgo all chametz (leaven)—just like their ancestors did when God delivered the Children of Israel from slave master Pharaoh. With bread, cake, pastry, pasta and even rice off limits for a week, matzah becomes a daily staple. Over generations the JewishContinue Reading »
If you were to ask someone, “What is typical Israeli food?” chances are their answer would be, “Israeli salad and/or falafel.” Israeli salad is a truly versatile dish that can appear at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The basic ingredients are cucumber, tomato, onion, red pepper and cilantro (or parsley). Your cucumber selection will depend onContinue Reading »
This recipe combines an Israeli staple—chicken—with the tangy sweetness of another national favorite: sun-kissed oranges. Teamed with pineapple, this dish offers the perfect comfort food to ward off the winter chill. Serve with spicy rice and green salad for a hearty, satisfying meal. Ingredients 3.3 lb. (1.5 kg.) chicken pieces 4 tbsp. (60 ml.)Continue Reading »
Hamin is a Jewish staple in many homes on Shabbat (Sabbath)—a hot, filling dish that cooks overnight and into the morning so families have a warm meal ready to eat after Saturday morning prayers. Cholent is the Ashkenazi version of Hamin and involves mixing all the ingredients together into a stew. The Sephardic Hamin isContinue Reading »
Jewish tradition teaches that Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) is a time to dip apples in honey in celebration and expectation of a sweet year to come. This rose-shaped tart also hearkens back to Song of Solomon 8:5, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree.Continue Reading »
Some dishes form part of a family’s legacy. They are passed down the generations from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother, each adding her own loving touch. Others are picked up along the journey of life, as friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers share the recipes they love. My “Ima’s (mother’s) Borrowed Moroccan Fish” falls in theContinue Reading »
There is something incredibly satisfying about biting into a chewy, decadent coconut macaroon. Maybe it’s the fact that most are dipped in dark chocolate (which naturally makes everything taste better). Coconut macaroons are a well-loved Passover dessert, becoming a traditional Pesach staple in the late-1800s. To mix up your Seder meal this year, try oneContinue Reading »
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