Passover: Chremsels

chrem·zel [krem-zuhl; Yiddish khrem-zuhl] noun, plural chremz·lach [kremz-luhk, -lahk; Yiddish khremz-luhkh, -lahkh]  Jewish Cookery. a flat cake made from matzo meal, topped or stuffed with a filling, as of ground meat or fruit and nuts. Also, chrem·sel. Today, Gloria Kobrin ( shares with us another favorite family Passover recipe: Chremsels.  Here's what she has to say: This recipe has been handed down from my Great Great Grandmother Ida who was born in Russia. … [Read more...]

Noodle Kugel

We're headed to Baltimore this weekend to spend Yom Kippur holiday with our respective families. It's never an easy trip home. I always find myself  searching for Mom’s place setting at the dinner table and it's just not there. As simple as it sounds, I know I’m allowing Mom's spirit to live on in all of us when I bake her celebrated recipes. Back by popular Jewish demand,  enjoy our two favorite kugel recipes.  And, you don't have to be Jewish to adore them. Any holiday favorites of Mom's you want to share? … [Read more...]

Potato Latkes

With Hanukah beginning this weekend, I’ve just recently dusted off my Tree of Life menorah I received as a wedding gift over 15 years ago. Like an archeologist discovering a lost treasure, I carefully unraveled the remaining blue and white candles from last year as well as the two little dreidels we’ve used since my kids were preschoolers. While I like to say Hanukah is my kids’ favorite Jewish holiday, I’ve never really admitted it’s mine too. I truly enjoy turning out the lights after dinner to light the candles of the menorah and to … [Read more...]