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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

St. Louisans strategies for the maximum Christmas Chinese food experience

St. Louisans’ strategies for the maximum Christmas Chinese food experience

By Bill Motchan , Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 22, 2022

I’ll be spending Christmas Eve with General Tso. It’s a dining tradition many of us in the Jewish community share, like latkes on Hanukkah and hamantashen on Purim. While our Christian friends and neighbors dream of sugar plum fairies this weekend,...

Why cold summer soups are actually really Jewish

Why cold summer soups are actually really Jewish

SUSAN BAROCAS, My Jewish LearningPublished June 7, 2022

When my 7-year-old son and I traveled to Budapest in 2002, we arrived at my friend Katalin’s non-air-conditioned flat at 11 a.m. It was already over 90 degrees F. We could barely make it up the five flights to her place after some 30 hours of travel,...

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular #10

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular #10

SONYA SANFORD, My Jewish LearningPublished March 8, 2022

Matzah Ball Pho Pho (pronounced fuh) is a traditional Vietnamese soup that was popularized around the world by Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Pho Ga is the chicken noodle variety of the soup. For me, pho is the perfect...

Lost Tables: Remembering one of Claytons best, Remys

Lost Tables: Remembering one of Clayton’s best, Remy’s

HARLEY HAMMERMAN, Special For The Jewish LightPublished March 6, 2022

There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are partnering with the site’s creator Harley Hammerman and celebrating these wonderful stories. Hammerman and his wife Marlene are members of...

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular, sort of: #9

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular, sort of: #9

Rob Eshman, The ForwardPublished March 1, 2022

This story was originally published on Feb. 16, by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning. There’s nothing uniquely Jewish about chicken soup. There, I said it. Everywhere on earth where...

Mandel bread recipe.
Photo ©Susan Braverman. Used with permission

Mandel Bread Recipe: Easy options for chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts

Rhonda Albom, Kibitz SpotPublished February 23, 2022

This story originally appeared on Kibitz Spot.  This delicious crispy cookie bar is not a bread at all. In fact, it’s also known as a Jewish biscotti! This treat, filled with cinnamon and chocolate chips, can be customized by adding nuts,...

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular #3

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular #3

Rob Eshen, The ForwardPublished January 11, 2022

“This story was originally published on Jan. 9 by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning.” Everyone needs a go-to matzah ball soup recipe. You really just need one, dependable...

5 Jewish food trends to look out for this year

5 Jewish food trends to look out for this year

Shannon Sarna, The NosherPublished January 6, 2022
Our food predictions for 2022 include herring sandwiches, potato milk and kosher bacon too.
Courtesy Joan Nathan, and “Jewish Cooking in America”

Your Wednesday Jewish Soup Spectacular #2

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 4, 2022

The St. Louis Jewish Light, a lot of soup recipes in our database.  A precursory search found over 200 soup recipes, some dating back 30ish years. Because recipes do not go bad, we’re going to bring them all back to life every other Wednesday with...

Savory Chicken Soup with Spiced Matzo Balls

We love soup so much, we’re offering a recipe every Monday. Here’s an award winner.

Published December 12, 2021

There are some foods that we as Jews simply identify as "Jewish Food." It's a cultural marker and allows a common thread to exist among Jewish communities around the world.  Among the food styles that many Jews can identify with is soup. Now, I won't...

Hear me out: Hummus pizza is actually delicious

Hear me out: Hummus pizza is actually delicious

MADDY ALBERT, JTAPublished October 17, 2021

This article originally appeared in The Nosher. When we think of pizza, most of us think of a combination of marinara sauce, melty cheese and crispy crust. But not all pies need to include these ingredients. Enter: hummus pizza. Yes, it exists,...

The unlikely sausage that saved hundreds of Jewish lives

The unlikely sausage that saved hundreds of Jewish lives

ZACHARY SOLOMON, JTAPublished October 4, 2021

The Alheira is a beautiful thing. A type of Portuguese sausage known for garlic and breadcrumbs, the meat link is so beloved in Portugal that it was voted one of the nation’s seven gastronomic wonders in a 2011 vote. Oh, and it was invented by Jews...

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