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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


Compost Cookie hamantaschen recipe

(Nosher via JTA)-If you've never made compost cookies, but you love desserts that are a little salty and a little sweet, this cookie (and hamantaschen) are for you. Do a quick Google search for... Full story


Healthy Jewish Side Dish: Lightened-Up Kasha Varnishkes

(The Nosher via JTA)-Kasha varnishkes is a much beloved Ashkenazi comfort food dish. Traditionally made with bow tie pasta, onions, schmaltz and kasha (buckwheat), it is filling, comforting... Full story


Easy Jewish dessert: Two-ingredient Rugelach Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Everyone enjoys a good recipe hack, and I think you will love this one: two-ingredient rugelach! That's right: just a package of puff pastry, filling and that's it. You can make... Full story


Healthy Shabbat recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-My 4-year-old, previously meatball-loving child has recently decided, in fact, she does not like meatballs any longer. Or tomato sauce. My husband does not like spaghetti squash.... Full story


Pastrami puff pastry braid recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Are you a deli roll lover? You know deli roll-the beloved Jewish American dish where various deli meats and Russian dressing get all wrapped up inside puff pastry for a... Full story


Sukkot shortcuts for a spectacular holiday meal

(JTA)-Sukkot is probably my favorite holiday of the season to cook for. I love sitting outdoors in the brisk autumn air enjoying harvest-inspired dishes with friends and family. Even so, I understand... Full story


A Yom Kippur break-fast with just a bit of bling

(JTA)-For many families, the Yom Kippur break-fast is bagels and schmear-filled inevitability-just add some lox, maybe some slices of tomato and orange juice, and everyone is happy. For other... Full story


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