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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

The remarkable true story of this German Coffee Cake recipe

The remarkable true story of this German Coffee Cake recipe

As a mom, she’s committed to investing in generational recipes and family history “so that my daughters understand that it means something and meant something and why… I think food, especially for children, is a way into that story.”
Stefani Pollack, the founder of Cupcake Project (cupcakeproject.com), is shown with her son, Myles.

Inside the world of professional social media influencers: Stefani Pollack

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 31, 2021

Social media influencers are increasingly changing the media landscape by virtue of their popularity, with many having the power to affect purchasing among their many followers. Among the Jewish social media influencers with substantial audiences are...

Sudeep Agarwala is a yeast scientist and challah enthusiast whose guidance for home bakers has taken off online. (Courtesy of Agarwala) 

Meet the challah-tinkering yeast scientist who’s helping pandemic bread bakers get a good rise

Philissa CramerPublished March 31, 2020

(JTA) — Few people have any great solutions for this difficult moment in human history, but Sudeep Agarwala is one of them.As a yeast scientist, Agarwala spends much of his time thinking about the single-celled fungi that allow bread to rise. So when...

Margi Lenga Kahn

Challenging times call for a different kind of seder

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 26, 2020

What frightening and challenging times we are living in, when our daily lingo now includes “social distancing,” “self-quarantining” and “sheltering in place.”One of the four questions asked each year at the Passover seder is, “How is this...

Diane Packmans mini round challahs. Photo: Michael Sherwin

Jewish classics, minus the gluten

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished September 19, 2019

When Diane Packman’s third and youngest child went off to college, she started to think about what she might do with her free time, besides walk the dog and exercise. She always loved cooking, a skill her mother handed down to her, so she figured why...

Whole Wheat Raisin Challah. Photo: Michael Kahn

Whole Wheat Raisin Challah

Margi Lenga KahnPublished September 19, 2019

Ingredients:Heaping ½ c. raisins, black or gold, soaked in ½ c. hot water for 30 minutes and drained (reserve water, if using).1 c. milk, almond milk or water (You can use the soaking water after draining the raisins and add enough other liquid of your...

Challah photo by Michael Kahn


Recipe adapted from “The Silver Palate Cookbook” by Julee Rosso and Sheila LukinsPublished August 31, 2018

Ingredients2 cups warm milk or water, about 110 degrees1/3 cup granulated sugar7 tbsp. unsalted butter or vegetable oil, plus more for oiling bowl and pan2½ tsp. active dry yeast (or 1 package)3 large eggs, lightly beaten1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten2...

Florence Shultz of Chesterfield

Reader Recipe Exchange: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Florence Shultz, ChesterfieldPublished July 26, 2018

From Florence Shultz of Chesterfield: I have always had a passion for cooking and baking. When I was growing up, I always helped my grandmother and mother cook. I have many great memories of baking with my two daughters, Charlotte and Melissa, when...

Laura K. Silver

The tastiest way to learn math

By Laura K. Silver, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 9, 2012

If you’re looking for a way to make math a fun part of your kid’s daily life, let me suggest baking. Of all the ways to get fractions to make sense, this one is the easiest and by far the most delicious. Last year, my first graders proudly announced...

Bagels regain bread status in Ireland

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

DUBLIN -- Bagels have been granted equal status with soda bread in Ireland following a government decision to reclassify the traditionally Jewish favorite as ordinary bread for the purposes of taxation. Now bagels and other 'ethnic' breads such as naan,...

Matilda’s Chocolate Cake (Gluten-free)

Published April 7, 2011

Submitted by Jackie Gerson Ingredients: 3 cups sugar 1-1/3 cup oil 6 eggs 1 cup cocoa 1-1/3 cup potato starch 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2. Cream sugar and oil. 3. Blend in remaining ingredients in order...

From left, Light Editor Ellen Futterman looks at the Passover dessert entries on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, along with contest judges Robin Rickerman, director of food service and events manager at the JCC; Margi Lenga Kahn, food columnist for the Light; and Light Publisher/CEO Larry Levin. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Sweet Results: St. Louisans’ best Passover dessert recipes

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished April 6, 2011

"Flourless Chocolate Cake with Polka Dot Ganache" took top prize honors Sunday in the 2nd Annual St. Louis Jewish Light Cooking Contest, sponsored by the Light and the JCC. This second installment of the cooking contest featured Passover desserts....

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