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The best foods to eat before fasting

Fasting on Yom Kippur is not easy, nor is it for everyone - some people cannot fast because they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition. Some simply do not function well while abstain...


This Israeli dish will be the highlight of summer

Pashtida (a crustless quiche) is beloved and common in Israel, where it is enjoyed at everything from potlucks, school events, shivas, and everything in between. It's also commonly prepared...


This classic Jewish American dish is always a crowd-pleaser

Blintz souffle is synonymous with easy, classic Ashkenazi-Jewish-American comfort food. The ingredient list isn't long, the steps are very simple but the result is pure, creamy indulgence. Plus, this...


Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love it when people taste my pareve desserts and say, "Wow - this is pareve!?" It's the same rule with Passover dishes and desserts. Which is why I am on a never-ending search for the perfect...


The easiest jelly donut recipe ever

Latkes are far more popular during Hanukkah than donuts here in the U.S. While you can find latkes in the freezer section of almost every major supermarket, good quality sufganiyot are much harder to...


More than just brisket: Change up your menu with these 9 delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes

(JTA) - I know the holidays will look, and taste, different than most years. I also know many families cherish the big brisket, standing rib roast or pot roast that graces their table each year....


How to make an easy and cheesy pull-apart challah with pizza dip

You love challah. You love pizza. It might be time to combine these two cherished carbs together in one pan. If you often make big batches of challah, this recipe will be quite easy to throw together...


How to make pastrami gravlax and impress your friends

Tell someone you made the gravlax at your next brunch and I promise they will be impressed. The truth is that gravlax is a surprisingly simple dish to make. There is no actual cooking involved, but... Full story


These homemade challah pretzel buns are perfection for burgers

It's hard to improve on the classic goodness of a good American barbecue (or cookout, depending on what part of the United States you might reside). Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken drumsticks and corn a... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 31, 2019

How to make the best falafel at home

(JTA)-If you've never made falafel from scratch, I'm here to say: It's possible, and it's delicious. I was definitely intimidated by the task until I finally jumped right in. But I couldn't have done... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 31, 2019

This cheesy pull-apart garlic bread babka is totally addictive

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. Yes, babka is usually sweet: chocolate and cinnamon are the most traditional flavors, as we learned many years ago from "Seinfeld" and Elaine. But babka... Full story


Passover Chicken Schnitzel recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)—Schnitzel is one of my family’s favorite dishes throughout the entire year, but it is especially loved during Passover. With very small changes (as in, use matzah meal and almond flour instead of bread crumbs), this dish is... Full story


Passover rainbow cookie recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)—I love rainbow cookies. Love. And they are a serious obsession for my entire family. So when I made this recipe Passover-friendly last year, it was a wonderful, delicious game-changer for our Passover celebrations. Simply... Full story


The Jewish food trends you'll be seeing in 2019

What a year—delis opened, delis closed, we talked about rainbow bagels, and reviewed the history of pickles in America. And now it’s time to look ahead to what will be happening in Jewish food for the coming year. Bread is Back For all of... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 8, 2018

Seinfeld would love this S'mores Babka

(The Nosher via JTA)-Babka is an Eastern European yeasted cake with deep Jewish roots and also great American popularity. One of babka's most notorious moments was in an episode of "Seinfeld":  Jerry... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 8, 2018

How to make a Georgian cheese boat (Khatchapuri)

(The Nosher via JTA)-I first fell in love with adjaruli khatchapuri, also known as Georgian cheese bread or cheese boat, at Marani Restaurant in Queens, New York. This cheesy-carby deliciousness is... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 4, 2018

Homemade kreplach that are actually worth the work

(The Nosher via JTA)-Kreplach seem like the kind of dish only your bubbe would make. Especially from scratch. And I always felt intimidated to even try it. You have to make the dough, make the... Full story


Forget the oven: The best roast chicken is made in your crockpot

(The Nosher via JTA)-The crockpot has never been my favorite kitchen gadget. I know people love their crockpots and their instant pots, but there have been limited things I have made in a crockpot... Full story


Roasted Winter Squash with Tahini Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-I recently fell in love with honey squash, a new variety of hearty winter squash bred specifically to be concentrated in flavor and adorable in appearance. OK, maybe it wasn't... Full story


Lamb and Butternut Squash Burekas 

(The Nosher via JTA)-By the time Sukkot arrives, and we are three weeks into nonstop Jewish holiday mode, some people might be a little tired of cooking. I don't blame these people one bit. But... Full story


Israeli-inspired avocado toast, three ways

(The Nosher via JTA)-Avocado toast has been "trendy" for several years throughout the U.S. In fact, avocados have been so trendy, an entire avocado restaurant opened earlier this year in Brooklyn. And... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    July 7, 2017

Keep these 10 pantry staples around for easy any-time dinners

(The Nosher via JTA)—Keeping a stocked pantry is a deep love of mine; it must run in my blood. My mother also was obsessed with having backups of her favorite products in the basement. There were always boxes of pasta, cans of beans, soup and tons... Full story


Crockpot Israeli-style stuffed peppers recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Stuffed peppers are a comfort food for both Americans and Israelis. But the two versions vary quite a bit in their spice profiles and methodology. American-style stuffed peppers... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 26, 2017

Israeli couscous mac and cheese

(The Nosher via JTA)-Mac and cheese is one of those comfort food dishes that is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. So when my co-workers suggested I try a mac and cheese made with Israeli... Full story


Quiche with veggie crust recipe for Passover

(The Nosher via JTA)-Breakfast can be hard during Passover-no oatmeal, no toast and certainly no pancakes. (No, the boxed kind do not count.) I like making eggs or matzah brei or even shakshuka. But... Full story


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