• Rosh Hashanah – New Beginnings: New Fall Season
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    Rosh Hashanah – New Beginnings: New Fall Season

      It’s that time of year again. Summer is over, I know that the warm days will soon turn into rainy fall days and the leaves will begin to turn color. Rosh Hashanah is just […]

  • Cooking is Living
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    Cooking is Living

    I am sitting in the Newark airport, waiting to board my flight to Tel Aviv, after a whirlwind month of January, a wonderful beginning to 2016. For the past four years, my brother and I […]

  • Moving Forward, Looking Back   
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    Moving Forward, Looking Back   

    Kolatchki As we enter 2016, I am excited to move forward, but always cognizant of looking back. This past month, my husband and I traveled to Israel to celebrate Chanukah with our children and grandchildren […]

  • Giving Thanks
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    Giving Thanks

      It is that time of year – actually, one of my favorite days of the year is Thanksgiving. A day when we simply relax with family, and enjoy what we enjoy most – cooking. […]

  • Fall Holidays and Very Special Events
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    Fall Holidays and Very Special Events

      As November begins it brings with it anticipation for Thanksgiving, about three weeks away, and for Chanukah, a little more that 1 month from now. In addition to these major holidays, I am excited […]

  • All Types of Squash
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    All Types of Squash

    It is autumn now, and I just love the multitude of colors outside – the rust, orange, yellow, red, green and brown leaves. And somehow I always feel like eating foods of the same color. […]

  • Fall: Rejoice, Renew and Recycle!
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    Fall: Rejoice, Renew and Recycle!

    I woke up this morning and took a fresh look at the month of Jewish holidays, which we have just finished, beginning with Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, then Sukkot and finally Shemini Atzeret, and […]

  • Welcoming Rosh Hashana
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    Welcoming Rosh Hashana

    I have just cleaned my kitchen after enjoying a family barbeque for the Labor Day weekend, and I realize that Rosh Hashana is just one week away. I realize that I must begin to think […]

  • What’s a Cook to Do with Leftover Barbecued Steak?
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    What’s a Cook to Do with Leftover Barbecued Steak?

      We have great family recipes for leftovers, and I imagine every family has their own, especially if the family loves to cook and to eat. Leftover roasted or sautéed poultry, fish or meat can […]

  • A Special Journey Through Machane Yehuda
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    A Special Journey Through Machane Yehuda

      Each summer when I go to Israel, I try to think of an interesting, enriching outing to do with my Israeli grandchildren. Last summer, I went with my granddaughter, Gila, to “Dialog BaChashecha” the […]

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    Reading Jewish Social History Through Cookbooks

        I have just spent two wonderful family-filled days in New York. We were celebrating the wedding of my cousin’s son with my mother’s family. And now I am sitting in the airport waiting […]

  • Father’s Day: Gratitude and Remembrance
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    Father’s Day: Gratitude and Remembrance

    My parents, Sandor (zt”l) and Margit Kirsche This coming Sunday, June 21, is the traditionally celebrated Father’s Day. My mom likes to say that I was “always a daddy’s girl”, and this seems true to […]

  • Summertime!
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    Summertime!

    Dill Dip page 70, Food, Family and Tradition Living in Chicago, I get to experience each of the four seasons. Even though this pattern repeats itself every year, I never stop looking forward to each […]

  • Shavuos Memories: Bittersweet but Evergreen
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    Shavuos Memories: Bittersweet but Evergreen

      Shavuos, “Festival of Weeks,” is named for the seven full weeks that we count from Passover until Shavuos. Historically, it commemorates the date when the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai, which […]

  • My mother in Freising, Germany, 1946
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    Mother’s Day        

        This coming Sunday is a special Mother’s Day for me. This year Mother’s Day falls on May 10, which is also the birthday of my eldest child, my daughter, Tova, who is today, […]

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Let Us Remember Together
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    Holocaust Remembrance Day: Let Us Remember Together

      Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins this year Wednesday evening, April 15, and marks 70 years since the liberation of Jews from the Nazi Death Camps and the end of the Holocaust.   Each […]

  • Passover: The Past and the Future – “And you Shall Tell Your Children”
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    Passover: The Past and the Future – “And you Shall Tell Your Children”

      “Dried Fruit Compote,” (recipe, page 265, Food, Family and Tradition) We are in the midst of Passover now. Each meal requires special thought and planning. Even yesterday, when I went on a small outing […]

  • Passover Today: Where Traditions and Memories Unite
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    Passover Today: Where Traditions and Memories Unite

    Passover is absolutely my favorite Jewish holiday. The anticipation of and excitement about Passover begins long before the holiday, nourished by the tremendous amount of work and preparation involved. It’s like adding fuel to the […]

  • Best Historical Recipes Book
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    Best Historical Recipes Book

    In a recent blog, I shared with you the news that Food Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances had won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Historical Recipes in the USA. I […]

  • Food, Family and Tradition Wins: Best Historical Recipes Book in USA Gourmand World Cookbook Award
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    Food, Family and Tradition Wins: Best Historical Recipes Book in USA Gourmand World Cookbook Award

    Food, Family and Tradition was selected as the BEST HISTORICAL RECIPES BOOK in the USA by the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS! I was stunned—when I received the official announcement from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2014 that my book […]

Exciting Recipes and News

Cooking is Living

Cooking is Living

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Posted: February 3, 2016

I am sitting in the Newark airport, waiting to board my flight to Tel Aviv, after a whirlwind month of January, a wonderful beginning to 2016. For the past four years, my brother and I […]

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Fall Holidays and Very Special Events

Fall Holidays and Very Special Events

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Posted: November 3, 2015

  As November begins it brings with it anticipation for Thanksgiving, about three weeks away, and for Chanukah, a little more that 1 month from now. In addition to these major holidays, I am excited […]

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We Are What We Eat: Jubilee Conference Association of Jewish Librarians

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Posted: July 31, 2015

  About one month ago I spoke at the Jubilee Conference of the Association of Jewish Librarians in Washington DC. It has taken me this long to reflect upon and assimilate the experience and to […]

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Tisha B’Av and The Nine Days

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Posted: July 26, 2015

    We are now in the beginning of the month of Av. During the first nine days of the month we commemorate the destruction of the holy Temple (Beit Hamikdash) in Jerusalem. During these […]

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A Special Journey Through Machane Yehuda

A Special Journey Through Machane Yehuda

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Posted: July 24, 2015

  Each summer when I go to Israel, I try to think of an interesting, enriching outing to do with my Israeli grandchildren. Last summer, I went with my granddaughter, Gila, to “Dialog BaChashecha” the […]

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Reading Jewish Social History Through Cookbooks

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Posted: June 23, 2015

    I have just spent two wonderful family-filled days in New York. We were celebrating the wedding of my cousin’s son with my mother’s family. And now I am sitting in the airport waiting […]

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Father’s Day: Gratitude and Remembrance

Father’s Day: Gratitude and Remembrance

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Posted: June 16, 2015

My parents, Sandor (zt”l) and Margit Kirsche This coming Sunday, June 21, is the traditionally celebrated Father’s Day. My mom likes to say that I was “always a daddy’s girl”, and this seems true to […]

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My mother in Freising, Germany, 1946

Mother’s Day        

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Posted: May 5, 2015

    This coming Sunday is a special Mother’s Day for me. This year Mother’s Day falls on May 10, which is also the birthday of my eldest child, my daughter, Tova, who is today, […]

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Let Us Remember Together

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Let Us Remember Together

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Posted: April 14, 2015

  Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins this year Wednesday evening, April 15, and marks 70 years since the liberation of Jews from the Nazi Death Camps and the end of the Holocaust.   Each […]

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Passover: The Past and the Future – “And you Shall Tell Your Children”

Passover: The Past and the Future – “And you Shall Tell Your Children”

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Posted: April 9, 2015

  “Dried Fruit Compote,” (recipe, page 265, Food, Family and Tradition) We are in the midst of Passover now. Each meal requires special thought and planning. Even yesterday, when I went on a small outing […]

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