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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

Akram Ali Hassan was a chef at Kohn’s Kosher Deli.  

Kohn’s chef, a Palestinian Muslim, cooked with head and heart

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor October 24, 2019

When a Jewish Light food writer was looking for tips on matzah ball soup before Passover in 2008, she turned to someone who, to the unfamiliar, might have seemed an unlikely source: a Palestinian Muslim man.But Akram Ali-Hassan had been a chef at Kohn’s...

Husband and wife Simon and Angelica Lusky outside of their restaurant, Revel Kitchen. Photo: Bill Motchan

St. Louis chef’s latest venture kind of did come out of left field

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light August 9, 2018

An army marches on its stomach. So, too, does a major league baseball team, and for much of the past decade the St. Louis Cardinals players have been well fed by Simon Lusky, the Jewish team chef. This year, Lusky made a big transition from feeding ballplayers...

Zucchini and red bell pepper saute

Recipes to please the crowd and de-stress the chef

By Jamie Geller, JTA March 28, 2012

NEW YORK—Passover may be the mother of all kitchen yuntifs, but stay cool and don’t stress. Here are some of my favorite recipes from last Passover that you will love this Passover and all year.Last year, 99 percent of what I made for Passover weren’t...

Brasserie by Niches boeuf bourguignon, a chuck stew seared and
braised in California burgundy-like wine and veal stock with baby
shitake mushrooms and pearl onions, served on a bed of potato
puree.

‘Brasserie’ offers delicious, approachable French cuisine

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light February 1, 2012

The dictionary defines a brasserie as "an informal French restaurant serving simple hearty food." That is exactly what Gerard Craft, our town's celebrity chef (and founder of Niche in the Benton Park neighborhood), had in mind when he opened Brasserie...

Portrait of Erich Dahl in the kitchen of his home. Photos: Lisa
Mandel

Cooking his way to freedom

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2011

You may know Erich Dahl as the creator of the most legendary French Onion Soup in St. Louis, but you probably didn't know that he trained as a pastry chef in Nazi Germany. During a recent afternoon with Dahl, I learned about the incredible, convoluted...

Michael Eastman making his Matzah Brei in his home. Photo: Kristi Foster

Visiting local kitchens for several takes on Passover staple — Matzah Brei

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light April 13, 2011

When it comes to Matzah Brei, that perennial Passover favorite, there seem to be as many versions of this treat as there are Jewish families in St. Louis.  There is something about the combination of matzah and eggs that brings out the creative muse...

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