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Celebrate Queen Esther with chocolate

By Judy Zeidler

March 12, 2014 | 11:50 am

Chocolate poppy-seed hamantaschen and chocolate sorbet. Photos by Dan Kacvinski

Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim tale, was quite a woman. Not only did she outwit the evil Haman and save the entire Jewish population of Persia, she did it all as a vegetarian.... read full article

  • Cooking up romance

    By Elana Horwich

    February 13, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    In the United States, it’s hard to find a man who is even moderately comfortable in the kitchen. Even if I were to switch teams and start dating women, it’s possible I wouldn’t have much better luck.

    What a shame, because cooking together creates romance and heightens intimacy....

  • New law mandates proper labeling for kosher foods going to pantries

    JTA

    February 11, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Kosher and halal meals going to food pantries must be tracked and labeled as such under a new federal law.

    An amendment to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act enacted last week mandates the tracking and labeling by the Department of Agriculture.

    The...

  • Broth of a nation

    Yvona Fast

    January 17, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    When you're tired, sick, and grumpy, coughing, sneezing, with a stuffy head and scratchy throat, there's nothing more comforting than a hot, steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup. 

    There must be something to it because chicken soup is common fare worldwide. The poor, who can't...

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  • Learning kosher slaughter

    by Rebecca Spence

    January 10, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    “The knife afterwards, what should it look like?” asks Rachel Marder, a first-year rabbinical student studying ritual kosher slaughter. 

    Her instructor, Gabriel Botnick, explains that after killing a chicken in accordance with Jewish law, the knife needn’t be perfectly smooth —...

  • USC’s Jews, Muslims unite in quest for meat

    By Jared Sichel

    January 10, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    A common quest to answer the question “Where’s the beef?” has brought together Jews and Muslims at the University of Southern California (USC).

    Until recently, junior Mushfiqur Chowdhury was forced to rely on Muslim Student Union (MSU) events or rides from friends to off-campus...

  • Chocolate freedoms of Chanukah and Thanksgiving

    Deborah R. Prinz

    November 26, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    The freedom food of chocolate should star in desserts for Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Puritans seeking asylum in North America and Jews hiding from the Inquisition in New Spain (Mexico) had their first encounters with chocolate in the 17th century. Chocolate paves the religious...

  • Yeshiva boy to barbecue sauce master

    by Jessica Ritz

    November 21, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    On a Saturday evening in downtown Los Angeles, as the somewhat surreal hush started to descend on Broadway following the weekend daytime hustle, diners gathered around an open kitchen at Umamicatessen, the flagship outpost of the reigning champ of nouveau burger chains. 

    For a...

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