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  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - B’nai Mitzvah Menu Dishes Up Bonuses

    By Beverly Levitt

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With the flurry that surrounds a b'nai mitzvah celebration, we often lose sight that this day -- this passage from childhood to adulthood -- will be one of the most meaningful memories of his or her life.

    The memories will not be of the buffet table that boasted an ice sculpture...

  • A Rehearsal Menu to Tickle Your Nose

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Dom Perignon invented the creme de la creme of spirits in the 17th century, little did he know that the drink he discovered while trying to eradicate those "irksome bubbles" from his wine would be considered so romantic that wedding guests wouldn't think of toasting generations...

  • Recipes Add Spice to New Party Trend

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Although today's bar mitzvah parties are often as elaborate as yesterday's weddings, there's a new trend on the horizon -- a, noisy, jubilant oneg Shabbat and lunch directly after the ceremony, and a quiet, intimate dinner at home for a few close friends and family at night.

    The...

  • Roll Away Hunger

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur's break the fast is the most anticipated meal of the year. Of course, it's because we're starving; we've been fantasizing about that first bite for the last 25 hours.

    As soon as the sun goes down and the shofar is blown for the last time, our thoughts invariably turn to:...

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  • Behind Kitchen Door No. 1

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Monty Hall spent 27 years making outrageous deals with anxious contestants on his TV game show, "Let's Make a Deal." But the sweetest deal he ever made with his mishpachah was for a plate of pickled herring if they'd join him for Passover seder.

    Such a deal! The odds are all in...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

  • A Family Passover

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Of all our family traditions, the Passover seder is the one we look forward to the most. We all fight over who will host it, but no matter, everyone pitches in with the cooking, making sure the seder plate is appropriately filled, the multicourse table properly set. My father and...

  • One People, Two Cuisines

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Because my ancestors were from Eastern Europe, specifically Latvia, Lithuania and Vilna, I am Ashkenazi. Just as I thought all Jews spoke Yiddish, a language I delight in because it's so colorful, I grew up thinking Jewish cooking was my mother's brisket and carrot tzimmes, my Granny...

  • Taking the Schmaltz Out of Our Food

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At sundown on Monday we usher in the happiest day of our calendar, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. For the next 10 days we'll be called upon to reexamine our lives -- to wake up and not only smell the roses, but plant them for other people to enjoy.

    The Days of Awe end at sundown...

  • Tradition, Tradition

    By Beverly Levitt

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the one hand, the inimitable image of a skinny, mischievous fiddler, furiously making music while precariously perched on a rooftop, makes us sing and dance with joy. On the other hand, the classic story about a humble Jewish milkman, struggling to preserve his people's traditions...
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