Passover: Mandel Bread

I'm making Mandel Bread today, which, in Yiddish literally means twice- baked almond bread.  It's made by forming dough into a loaf, baking it, slicing the loaf into oblong cookies and baking again. Apparently these crunchy cookies were popular in Eastern Europe among Jews and merchants as a staple dessert that kept well. Mom's recipe, as I imagine most, is extremely easy to follow and only allows for 30 minutes baking time.  While many people like to add nuts or raisins to the mix, I played it safe and used chocolate chips. Just two … [Read more...]

Passover: Apple Matzoh Kugel

While Kugel has been a staple of Jewish cooking for centuries, I tend to only make Mom’s kugel recipe once a year during Passover-- and I'm not sure why. Served hot or cold as a side, or, for the sweeter versions, as a dessert, most people characterize kugel as a type of casserole or pudding made from egg noodles or potatoes.  However, for Passover, I use matzoh as the main ingredient. I know you’re probably thinking there’s no way a bland, hard, cracker-like piece of matzoh could ever replace the smooth soft texture and flavor of egg … [Read more...]

Purim – Hamantaschen Cookies

The Jewish holiday of Purim begins on Wednesday.  One of my fondest memories as a child was delighting in the vast array of Hamantaschen cookies: a filled-pocket cookie or pastry recognizable for its triangular shape. My mother used to make her version with prune and poppy seed and, while I sadly could not find the recipe in her archives, I'm so thrilled to be able to share an original recipe from our resident Kosher food expert, celebrated cookbook author, and creator of the Kosher Cookbook app for iPhone- Gloria Kobrin. I do hope you'll … [Read more...]

Noodle Kugel for Yom Kippur

Back by popular Jewish demand,  enjoy  Mom''s two favorite Kugel recipes. Whether you like sweet or very very sweet, I promise these two noodle-based recipes will steal the show at your holiday table. And, you don’t have to be Jewish to adore them....all year long. Warning:  you will definitely eat more than one piece....   … [Read more...]