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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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Shavuos Memories: Bittersweet but Evergreen

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 […]

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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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Passover Today: Where Traditions and Memories Unite

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 […]

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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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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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