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  • Atoning for the sin of rushing dinner to get to Kol Nidre

    By Linda Morel

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I consider Yom Kippur eve the sandwich holiday. Not because I would ever serve my family and friends sandwiches before going to synagogue on the eve of a solemn fast. I see the start of Yom Kippur this way, because it's sandwiched between two days of Rosh Hashanah celebrations and...
  • Give Thanksgiving a Jewish Flavor

    By Linda Morel

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "My sister-in-law stuffs Thanksgiving turkeys with a matzah ball mixture," says Faye Levy, food columnist and author of 14 cookbooks. "Instead of making patties and poaching them, she cooks this tasty mixture inside the turkey."

    This never struck Levy as odd, because her mother...

  • No Wrong Way to End Yom Kippur Fast

    By Linda Morel

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I grew up in a family that never seemed to do anything right. Our approach to Yom Kippur, for example, was mixed: My father and I observed it; my mother and brother did not. Returning from synagogue at the end of the day, Dad and I were starving, so we grabbed a couple of slices of...

  • Not Your Grandma’s Honey Cake

    By Linda Morel

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It wouldn't be the second night of Rosh Hashanah if our friends didn't come for dinner, contributing a cornucopia of dishes, especially divine desserts. There are enough pastries covering the buffet to keep judges at the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest busy for a week.

    I always bake a...

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  • Sorrel Helps Liven Up Neglected Schav

    By Linda Morel

    May 6, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    "Mother used to leave jars full of schav in the refrigerator," says a friend of mine. "Because the stuff looked like seaweed, I would run from the kitchen in horror."

    Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazi Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades. In a world...

  • Leftovers Just the Dish for Chanukah

    By Linda Morel

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I was searching for Chanukah on my calendar and couldn't find it in the month of December," said Jennifer Felicia Abadi, author of "A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen" (Harvard Common, $24.95)

    Who could have guessed that this year Chanukah...

  • A Feast From Jewish Tunisia

    By Linda Morel

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a Rosh Hashana table adorned with fruits and vegetables galore. Ruby-red pomegranates beckon; their jellied seeds symbolize your good deeds in the coming year. A bowl of crunchy sesame seeds promises that your virtues will be as numerous as the seeds themselves. You partake...

  • There’s Other Fish in the Sea

    By Linda Morel

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Although most American Jews break the Yom Kippur fast with bagels and lox, there is no reason why the menu has to be limited to what has become for many people, everyday fare, the equivalent of Jewish fast food.

    "I know you're supposed to break the fast with smoked fish," says a...

  • The Signature Dish of Chanukah, Potato Latkes, Hits the Big Time

    By Linda Morel

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Potato latkes are Chanukah's signature dish, not because of the potato -- but because of the oil. Potatoes did not exist in the Holy Land when the ancient Israelites triumphed over the Syrians.

    During what may have been the region's first oil crisis, a 24-hour supply of oil lasted...