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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  • 125 YEARS OF KOSHER DILL PICKLES / a link that joins the generations

    125 YEARS OF KOSHER DILL PICKLES / a link that joins the generations

    By Larry Levine – There are things that join the generations in a continuum that gives meaning to existence, things that are handed down from grandparents to parents and on to offspring and grandchildren. They are the things that tell us we come from someplace and there will be something coming after us. One of […]

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  • IN QUEST OF A SUBSTITUTE FOR FOIE GRAS / desperation sets in after just two days

    IN QUEST OF A SUBSTITUTE FOR FOIE GRAS / desperation sets in after just two days

    By Larry Levine – Chickens go “cluck” and ducks go “quack”. Any two year old knows that. Or in the case of my brilliant grand daughter, any 20 month old. But what if you tried to substitute a chicken’s liver for a duck’s as the reality of California’s foie gras deprivation sets in? It started […]

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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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