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Category Archive for 'jewish cooking'

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Happy Holidays to you, my Simmer friends. Peace on earth and good will toward all! All except the malicious spam-creature that is continually sucking good tidings from this blog. Yes. Somewhere, deep within world spam headquarters, an extremely small-hearted bot decided that Simmer would be a good place to nest. Simmer Till Done is under [...]

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It’s Rosh Hashanah this week, the Jewish New Year. I like a holiday with food symbols and Rosh Hashanah delivers with apples and honey, for the sweetness of life. Yes, the holiday also features bittersweet looking back, and ruminating, planning and promising but mostly, it brings kugel. So many cooks out there right now, today, [...]

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Noodle kugel is a humble dish with an outsize name – a funny name, good for comedians and grandmas and giggling kids.  Kugel is ripe with pronunciation – koo-gle or kuh-gle or whatever, just pass-me-that-stuff-now.  It’s found on Jewish holiday tables and in deli case pyramids, golden twisty egg noodles cut in thick and improbably [...]

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Mandelbread – or mandelbrodt, literally, almond bread – was my first solo cookie. Eight years old and alone with cousin Dana’s 3 x 5 card, the mess should have meant disaster. But they came out well, happy and fragrant, a miracle. I kept baking. Mandelbread are the Jewish biscotti – maybe a little sweeter, crisp [...]

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I recently baked some hamantaschen – an eastern European cookie and the popular treat of Purim, the Jewish holiday that falls this weekend. Purim is a party holiday, and one of the unlikely few that do not remind us to be miserable. There is drinking and dancing and noise, all celebrating the ancient triumph over [...]

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