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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Bennys Bagels launches via Instagram

Benny’s Bagels launches via Instagram

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 30, 2023

Have you ever been so frustrated with something and thought you could do a better job? That’s exactly how Ben Kraus felt in 2020 due to his frustration with store-bought bagels and why St. Louis' newest bagel maker, Benny's Bagels was born. "My then-roommate's...

St. Louis Bagel Renaissance continues with opening of Bagel Union

St. Louis’ ‘Bagel Renaissance” continues with opening of Bagel Union

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 25, 2023

"Bagel Week" may be over but St. Louis' "Bagel Renaissance" continues unabated.  Our town's newest bagel shop, Bagel Union, is set to open on Wednesday, February 8th. The team from Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery is bringing its baking skills and...

Make your own NY style bagels at home. Photos by Bill Motchan

How to make New York style bagels in your St. Louis kitchen

Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 18, 2023

There’s nothing quite like the smell—and taste—of a hot bagel. Ideally with cream cheese and lox. Maybe, with cardiologist approval, a schmear of butter or schmaltz. Finding a fresh-out-of-the-oven bagel may prove challenging, but one viable option...

From Left: Jill Rostine, pastry chef. Owner, Amanda Rainey. Sign makers from Heart & Bone Signs in Chicago.  Kelsey and Andrew McClellan.

When this Missouri bagel shop went viral for its Talmud-inspired effort to feed the needy

Published January 18, 2023

“Whoever needs, come and eat.” That’s the quote from the Talmud — the book of Jewish law — that welcomes customers to Goldie’s Bagels in Columbia, Missouri, telling them that people who cannot afford to pay can get a coffee and a bagel,...

A simple bagel recipe with an oh-so-good cheesy twist

A simple bagel recipe with an “oh-so-good” cheesy twist

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 17, 2023

This blog will be short, simple and delicious in honor of national bagel week. Yes, food is not the be-all-and-end-all in the scheme of world peace, but a great melt-in-your-mouth cheese bagel can do wonders for your mood and others’ outlook as well. So,...

Photo: Courtesy Bridge Bakery.

Bridge Bread Bakery is finding hope in the baking of bagels

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 17, 2023

Bridge Bread Bakery's New York-style kettle-boiled bagels are chewy, delicious, free from preservatives or strange additives. They are made in the traditional New York style beginning with the careful mixing of ingredients, kneading the dough by...

How cream cheese tells the story of Jews in America

How cream cheese tells the story of Jews in America

Andrew Silverstein, The ForwardPublished January 17, 2023

This story ‘was originally published on Nov. 30 by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning.” When it comes to “bagels and lox,” the cream cheese is essential but goes without...

Dunk Low Montreal Bagel sneakers. Courtesy nike.com

Nike’s new Montreal bagel-themed shoes drop today

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 16, 2023

Sadly, we have not found anywhere in St. Louis where you can sink your teeth into a Montreal-style bagel, which is typically thinner, sweeter and denser than a New York-style bagel. That said, you can still take a bite of the newest, bagel-forward...

Companion Baking puts 25 years of experience into every bagel

Companion Baking puts 25 years of experience into every bagel

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 16, 2023

Growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s and 80s your family probably had a go-to place for freshly baked bagels in St. Louis. For the family of Josh Allen, that go-to was the old New York Bagelry on Olive Street Road. “Salt...

Leftys Bagels ever so close to opening its doors

“Lefty’s Bagels” ever so close to opening its doors

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 16, 2023

In April 2021, Scott Lefton, co-owner of “Lefty’s Bagels,” told the Jewish Light, “Judging how weekend sales go, we’ll see if we can grow it into weekday sales and then maybe have our own, brick-and-mortar dedicated place.” It appears...

The Jewish history of Lender’s bagels

The Jewish history of Lender’s bagels

STEPHANIE GANZ, The NosherPublished January 15, 2023

Over the last decade, bagels have ascended to a realm of culinary importance and controversy that rivals that of pizza or even barbecue, with heated debates over what makes the chewy, round, yeast-leavened bread so special. Is it the water? Malt in the...

The Ultimate Guide to St. Louis Homemade Bagels

The Ultimate Guide to St. Louis Homemade Bagels

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 15, 2023

So in honor of the St. Louis Jewish Light's new Bagel Week celebration, here is our Ultimate Guide to St. Louis Homemade Bagels. The bagel. Is it simplicity or complexity that has allowed the bagel to endure for centuries and become a staple of Jewish...

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