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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

Charred Cauliflower with Yogurt-Tahini Spread. Photo: Michael Kahn

Go international to break the fast

BY MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT September 14, 2018

To serve an assortment of small plates to begin or even comprise an entire meal is a strong tradition throughout the world. There are tapas in Spain, meze in Turkey and Greece, antipasti in Italy, banchan in Korea, and salatim in Israel, which, according...

Chicken Marbella. Photo: Michael Kahn

Go-to holiday recipes from beloved cookbook

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light August 31, 2018

Culinary traditions and culture are intrinsically linked. Nowhere is this more evident than in the foods we associate with our Jewish holidays. You probably can name several such foods off the top of your head: latkes on Hanukkah, hamentaschen on Purim,...

Apricot and White Chocolate Rugelach

Small plates for a Hanukkah celebration

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light December 14, 2017

Hanukkah is not over yet. There is still time to celebrate the courage that our ancestors displayed in their revolt against religious persecution and, of course, the miracle of that tiny crucible of oil that burned for eight days.  Like me, many of you...

Greek Yogurt

Versatile yogurt perfect for Shavuot

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light June 8, 2016

If you had counted 49 days from the second day of Passover, also known as the Counting of the Omer, you would reach number 49 on Saturday, June 11, which is erev Shavuot. That holiday commemorates both the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the harvest...

 

Moroccan cuisine makes a plentiful, spicy seder

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light April 13, 2016

Centuries of religious intolerance and oppression forced generation upon generation of our ancestors to flee their lands in search of some sanctuary in the Diaspora where they could live in peace as Jews. And along the way, they developed unique cuisines...

Yeasted Plum Kuchen

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light August 19, 2015

IngredientsStreusel:½ cup brown sugar2 tbsp. flour1 tsp. cinnamon2 tbsp. butter, coldPinch of saltDough and kuchen:2¼ tsp., or 1 package, active dry yeast, or 2 tsp. instant yeast¼ c. warm water, approximately 110 degrees2 c. plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose...

Short-Crust Plum Kuchen

By Margi Lenga Kahn August 19, 2015

IngredientsDough:½ tsp. salt1/3 c. ice water, plus an additional sprinkle or two if needed1½ c. plus 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour½ c. (1 stick) plus 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and refrigeratedFilling:10 medium-large Italian prune plums,...

Thinking outside the bowl

Thinking outside the bowl

January 11, 2012

"Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite." - Auguste Escoffier Chicken soup is not the only soup that nurtures the body and feeds the soul.  On a cold winter...

Just Sweets -- Andrea Reubin

Local cooks find entrepreneurial niche

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light June 29, 2011

Many of us dream of what might have been.  What if we had, say, gone to veterinarian school, continued practicing piano, joined the Peace Corps, or opened an independent bookstore? Sometimes we're able to turn our passions into hobbies. For the fortunate...

Babka

Israel visit reignites passion for Eastern European dessert

by Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light December 29, 2010

My childhood passion for babka was rekindled on a recent trip to Israel, where every bakery window I passed, including my favorite, Roladin, was filled with rows of stunning sweet breads that made my mouth water with their glistening, syrupy glazes and...

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