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Best Historical Recipes Book

Best Historical Recipes Book

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Posted: March 24, 2015

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 […]

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

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

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Posted: March 17, 2015

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 […]

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Perfect Parfait for Tu BiShvat

Perfect Parfait for Tu BiShvat

When I think of Tu BiShvat, I always remember the trip with my parents back to their childhood homes in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. In 1992 and then again in 2001 my mother and father, my […]

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Tu Bishvat: New Year for Trees

Tu Bishvat: New Year for Trees

    This year, from sunset on February 3 until nightfall on February 4, Jewish communities around the world observe Tu Bishvat, often called the New Year for Trees, or, in Israel, Arbor Day. The […]

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Yesterday’s Freezer & Yesterday’s Fridge

Yesterday’s Freezer & Yesterday’s Fridge

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Posted: January 29, 2015

Meatball Soup, page 101 The Midwest where we live is held now in the cold, hard grip of midwinter—snow and ice everywhere. I suspect our climate has weather similar to the winters in Eastern Europe […]

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Cue the Author!

Cue the Author!

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Posted: January 15, 2015

left to right:Lynn Shapiro and Lisa Ekus Oops! That means me. I just returned from a whirlwind day of media training in Hatfield, Massachusetts, the headquarters of my culinary consultant and agent, Lisa Ekus. Her […]

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Thick or Thin?

Thick or Thin?

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Posted: January 6, 2015

left to right: my uncle Morton Weiss and my father Sandor Kirsche, Germany 1946 Many of the soup recipes in Food, Family and Tradition, make use of a very simple recipe for Reistle, or what, […]

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Remembering with Dismay, Reflecting with Courage

Remembering with Dismay, Reflecting with Courage

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Posted: January 1, 2015

  This week, as the old year 2014 comes to an end and we welcome the New Year 2015, I am of two minds. On one hand, as I reflect on this past year, I […]

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How a New Chanukah Tradition is Born

How a New Chanukah Tradition is Born

  My mother and father, Margit and Sandor Kirsche, both survived the Holocaust and made a new life in Chicago, but they brought with them the faith and traditions of their families “at home.” For my […]

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L’Chaim – from Rabbi Nachum Muschel

L’Chaim – from Rabbi Nachum Muschel

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Posted: December 25, 2014

This month I received a letter from Rabbi Nachum Muschel, the husband of the late Suri Muschel ע”ה, my mother’s beloved first cousin. The story of their lifelong devotion to each other began when they […]

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