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Easiest. Rosh Hashanah dinner. Ever.

(JTA)-Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my... Full story


For Chanukah, breakfast latkes 2 ways

(JTA)-I first tasted latkes for brunch at a trendy eatery on the Lower East Side about six years ago. Since then, I've seen them across the country on brunch menus everywhere from diners to Michelin... Full story


Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup with Matzah Balls

(The Nosher via JTA)—Thanksgiving was a sacred holiday in my family growing up. There were a series of rituals, smells, sounds and foods we knew we could expect each and every year without fail. The Macy’s Day Parade on TV in the background.... Full story


Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

The high holidays are almost over, and so by my clock time for another sweet challah recipe for the New Year. And one of the easiest ways to make a sweet, crowd-pleasing challah is to add... Full story


Beyond the bagel: Breaking the fast with flair

NEW YORK (JTA)—By the time the fast is over on Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to be doing is patchkeing in the kitchen to prepare lots of food. And as much as I can’t wait to shove a bagel and cream cheese with all the fixins in my face, I... Full story


Coffee Cake Challah

There is just something about store-bought coffee cake, especially Entenmann's, that is irresistible. I cannot control myself when it is around. Several times in the past few years my husband has... Full story


Hot dog! It's challah hot dogs

(The Nosher via JTA)-It's officially hot dog season, if ever there was one, and I freely admit: I love hot dogs. I have even found a way to combine a love of hot dogs with a love of challah with... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    July 3, 2015

A different kind of roasted potatoes

(The Nosher via JTA)-I love roasted potatoes for Friday night, but sometimes they can get a bit boring. Of course you can dress up your potatoes with zaatar, mustard or even truffle oil, just... Full story


Fifteen Father's Day gifts for the Jewish foodie in your life

(The Nosher via JTA)-You got through Mother's Day, Memorial Day weekend and even Shavuot. But folks, it's not quite time to relax: Father's Day is almost here. Another weekend to reserve for family ce... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 5, 2015

How to make your own burgers and fancy toppings at home

(The Nosher via JTA)-The hamburger, and definitely the cheeseburger, is arguably the most iconic American food. You would be hard pressed to find a person who doesn't love a good burger. But can the... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 5, 2015

Roast Chicken with spicy honey BBQ sauce

(The Nosher via JTA)-Summer is almost here; I can feel it. Every time we get a warmer day, the women of New York City are giddy with sandal wearing and summertime accessories. The flowers are blooming... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 15, 2015

Chocolate halva donuts, better than cupcakes

(The Nosher via JTA) - Move over cupcake, there's a new trendy dessert in town and her name is the donut. Don't get me wrong – I like a good cupcake just like the next sweets-loving gal. But I... Full story


Purim change of pace: a chocolate dough

NEW YORK (JTA)-Hamantaschen talk is always about the filling: prune, poppy, apricot and strawberry, just to name a few favorites. I love being creative with the fillings, but this year I wanted to... Full story


King Cake challah

(The Nosher via JTA)-I have always had a love of affair with the city of New Orleans. I have traveled there nearly 10 times since my early 20s for work a few times, but more often to visit our... Full story


'Top your own' party gives latkes a lift

NEW YORK (JTA)-There's nothing quite like that first night of Chanukah: a platter full of hot, crispy latkes and the accompanying applesauce and sour cream. It's classic, delicious and a beloved... Full story


Mimosas without menorahs: Brunch jazzes up ho-hum Chanukah

NEW YORK (JTA)-One of my favorite ways to celebrate Chanukah is over brunch. Yes, it's nontraditional-and you can't enjoy the experience of lighting the menorah together or singing. But it's a great w... Full story


'Jewish Soul Food' author Janna Gur wants to make vegetables 'sexy'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Janna Gur's "The Book of New Israeli Food" has sat on my kitchen counter with my other favorite cookbooks for years, and I frequently pull it out for friends and family who are... Full story


Save the stress: Here's an easy and pleasing Rosh Hashanah menu

(MyJewishLearning.com)-When the Jewish New Year comes around, many people stress for weeks leading up to the holiday and break out their most complicated recipes to impress guests. But when I... Full story


Break-fast pickle? Try cucumber salad and your own cream cheese

(MyJewishLearning.com)-Fasting on Yom Kippur is one of my least favorite parts of being Jewish. I recognize the value of reflective fasting, and I know some people even enjoy the fast day, but for me... Full story


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