Category Archives: Family recipes

Making a Hash of It

I honestly can’t figure out how the expression “making a hash” of something, which has a negative connotation and means to mess things up, is related to that delicious solution to leftover meat (or almost any protein) — the culinary … Continue reading

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Not Your Bubbie’s Matzo Brei

Or more correctly I should say this is not my grandmother’s matzo brei. My grandmother was an extraordinarily versatile woman who by the time she left this earth at almost 100 years old, had been a pretty good painter in … Continue reading

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Haman’s Ears: A Purim Pastry

Yes — I know that Hammantaschen — or Hamantash, hamentasch, homentash, homentasch, or even (h)umentash — cookies might be named after Haman’s pockets or his three-cornered hat (the explanation I was taught as a child), but I prefer to believe … Continue reading

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Baking Not Mourning: Lace Cookies

When people die, I bake. It helps, sort of.  In our tradition, you are supposed to bring food to people who are mourning. I think that’s part of almost everyone’s tradition, come to think of it. I’m not feeling a … Continue reading

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Secret Cooking Tips Files: Hash It

Clearly, with the newly cool weather, I am feeling very “spudly,” but hash isn’t just for potatoes. I consider the re-frying of leftover turkey and stuffing to be a kind of hash — at least it seems that way to … Continue reading

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Late Latkes

It’s the last night of Channukah but I figured, better late than never for the latke recipe. My mother uses a cookbook from the ages called Love & Knishes and it looks exactly like this, faded cover and all. The … Continue reading

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The Two-Hour Turkey

This isn’t it. This is a baby in a turkey outfit she will wear once in her life — this Thanksgiving. Next year, she’ll be too big and have to hand it down to some other lucky tot. Apparently, the … Continue reading

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