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Aunt Annettes Holiday Brisket with sweet wine and dried fruits

Aunt Annette’s Holiday Brisket with sweet wine and dried fruits

Published September 22, 2022

One Bonus Recipe Last April, we reported how Jewish BBQ master Steven Raichlen had brought his cooking show to St. Louis, shooting an entire season of shows at Union Station. He is also the author of many a cookbook including "The Brisket Chronicles."...

Brisket

15 scrumpdillyicious brisket recipes from the Jewish Light archives

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished September 22, 2022

For many, brisket is the epitome of "Jewish food." In fact, last year brisket edged out bagels in our "Jewish Food March Madness" tournament to take the title of “Most Jewish Food” Like many popular Jewish foods, brisket worked its way into Jewish...

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Why American Jews Eat Brisket on Rosh Hashanah

Joanna O'Leary, MyJewishLearningPublished September 21, 2022

This September, many Jews across the United States will bring in the new year by feasting on a juicy, glistening brisket. But what led this dish to ascend as the star of the Rosh Hashanah meals in America? New Year’s brisket is a story of ingenuity,...

Reader says this recipe will change my mind about honey cake

Reader says this recipe will change my mind about honey cake

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished September 19, 2022

In Monday's Morning Light email, I opened my heart and my belly to you all, admitting that I'm just not into this whole honey cake phenomenon. Many of you have sent in messages of support. One reader, Rivka Dushoff-Tobin, who is the proud grandmother...

Honey cake with apple confit (Michael Persico)

Here’s what 5 chefs from around the world are making this Rosh Hashanah

Rachel RinglerPublished September 19, 2022

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. We asked five noted chefs and food writers what they will serve at home to mark the Jewish New Year, and (spoiler alert) they all plan to weave symbols of sweetness — hallmarks of the holiday — into...

Dear Reader: Our love / hate relationship with honey cake

Dear Reader: Our love / hate relationship with honey cake

Published September 19, 2022

Dear reader, Honey cake is the sweet baked treat many Jews eat on Rosh Hashanah to bring in a sweet Jewish New Year. For many, the cake has come to be a symbol. As children, the smells and flavors that emanated from the kitchens of our families are...

Photo: Michael Kahn

Serve up ‘unusual’ fruits this Rosh Hashanah

MARGI LENGA KAHN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 12, 2022

Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sunday, Sept. 25,  ushers in the 10 “Days of Awe,” which culminate with Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is a beautiful holiday on its own, rich with symbolism and traditions that celebrate the New Year. I have wonderful...

Never too early to get sweet on St. Louis apples

Never too early to get sweet on St. Louis apples

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished August 21, 2022

Apples have always been a big part of our Jewish home. As the spouse of an elementary school teacher, I always hand deliver a basket full of fresh apples to school. One apple per student, and of course one for Leigh, or Mrs. Palmer as she is known. When...

Tunisian Lemonade. Photo: Margi

Why many St. Louis Jews take a global approach to breaking the fast

MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished September 12, 2021

There are many explanations for fasting on Yom Kippur, some Talmudic and others more spiritual. A form of self-denial, fasting is believed to bring us closer to G-d and more in touch with ourselves.  My brother-in-law Mark Gutman, who has been reading...

Tispishti (Walnut-Cake). Photo by Margi Lenga Kahn

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah from Turkey

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special For The Jewish LightPublished September 1, 2021

Leyla and Erman Kaspi are Jews from Turkey who I recently met outside the elevator of our Chicago apartment complex. After the usual introductions, I asked Leyla whether she still cooks the dishes with which she grew up. “Of course,” she exclaimed. That...

Apple Tart Squares with Honey Glaze

Apple Tart Squares with Honey Glaze

Eitan Bernath, ForwardPublished September 1, 2021

Eitan Bernath, the 19 year-old cooking phenom, shares a sweet, flakey recipe for fall. Ingredients 1 sheet puff pastry dough, defrosted 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 tart apples, such as granny smith, thinly sliced 2...

Rachel Lipman, at 28 perhaps the youngest winemaker in Maryland, is pushing through boundaries in a traditionally male-dominated industry. (Jonna Michelle Photography)

This Jewish family has been making honey wine for 150 years

Stacey PfefferPublished September 1, 2021

This article originally appeared on Kveller. Rachel Lipman cares deeply about preserving her Jewish family’s fifth-generation winemaking business, Loew Vineyards, but the 28-year-old is keeping an eye on the future, too. As one of the youngest winemakers...

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