Jewish Archive

  • YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO LIKE BRISKET / and it doesn’t have to be Passover

    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO LIKE BRISKET / and it doesn’t have to be Passover

    By Larry Levine – You don’t have to be Jewish to like brisket and it doesn’t have to be Passover for you to eat brisket. But it wouldn’t hurt. It goes by many names: brisket, brisket of beef, baked brisket, and in barbecue joints everywhere it’s called Q. If prepared properly brisket can be good […]

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  • LATKES AND TURKEY/ a culinary convergence when Hanukkah meets Thanksgiving

    LATKES AND TURKEY/ a culinary convergence when Hanukkah meets Thanksgiving

    By Larry Levine – Jews in American usually get to cash in on the holiday culinary sweepstakes at least twice at this time of year. For some, who yield to the Christmas avalanche, it can even be three times. We get Thanksgiving dinner; we get Hanukkah latkes; and then there’s a Christmas tree and maybe […]

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  • TRADITIONAL GEFILTE FISH FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

    TRADITIONAL GEFILTE FISH FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

    By Larry Levine – One of my most prized culinary possessions is a recipe for Gefilte Fish in my mother’s own handwriting. Mom made Gefilte Fish twice a year and served it as an appetizer for the Passover and Rosh Hashanah holiday dinners. A couple of weeks before the holiday, she would phone the fish […]

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  • POTATO LATKES ALMOST DAD’S WAY

    POTATO LATKES ALMOST DAD’S WAY

    By Larry Levine – Each year about this time my father would get out the old box grater and set to work hand-grating potatoes and onions for Hanukkah latkes. Mom would peel the potatoes and put them in cold water to keep them from discoloring until Dad could get to them. Most often, we would […]

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  • CHICKEN SOUP – It Really Works

    CHICKEN SOUP – It Really Works

    By Larry Levine – It’s jokingly called Jewish penicillin, but it’s no joke. The name is well-deserved because it helps cure not just the common cold but also all manner of other maladies, including flu and chest congestion. It’s chicken soup. There are generations of anecdotal evidence that it works and now comes actual proof. […]

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  • BAKED BRISKET OF BEEF

    BAKED BRISKET OF BEEF

    By Larry Levine – 1 Brisket of beef, point end or about 1/2 lb per person 2 Tbls Olive oil Onion powder Paprika 2 brown onions, sliced 2 carrots, sliced 2 celery stalks, with leafs, diced 1 cup water 1 cup red wine Trim surface fat from meat. Trim most of internal fat from point […]

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  • MEMORIES OF FAMILY DINNERS GONE BY

    MEMORIES OF FAMILY DINNERS GONE BY

    By Larry Levine –  There’ll be no house full of people for a holiday dinner once again this year. Those times and those memories are part of a very warmly recalled past. Tonight is the first night of Rosh Hashanah, and while our family has never been particularly observant, there was a time when we […]

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