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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Savory Chicken Soup with Spiced Matzo Balls

Passover rituals spiced by each culture’s Seder plate

BY MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT March 19, 2021

The Passover holiday has always been awe-inspiring for me. To think that millions of Jews across the world gather with family and, in other years, with friends on the same night(s) around a seder plate with the same symbols to recount the same story of...

Chocolate Chip Bars

Two easy Passover recipes for families to make together

Elyse Picker March 16, 2021

Chocolate Chip Bars(Adapted from “The Holiday Kosher Baker,” Paula Shoyer) Kids can easily help with this one-bowl recipe, and it makes a great seder dessert.Ingredients:2 cups (400g) sugar2 large eggs1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil1 tbsp vanilla extract3...

Orzo and Fennel Gratin

Orzo and Fennel Gratin

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light September 24, 2020

Ingredients1 large or 2 small fennel bulbs, stalks and core removed, fronds reserved, and fennel bulb coarsely chopped1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped1 pint grape tomatoes, halved2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced¾ c. pitted Kalamata olives,...

Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Red Onions, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Red Onions, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light September 24, 2020

INGREDIENTSBeets:4 large beets, red, gold or a combination, stems removed and beets well rinsed2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil1½ tsp. dried oreganoSalt and pepper, for sprinkling beetsPickled red onions:¼ c. water¼ c. red wine vinegar1 tbsp. honey¾...

Cold Potato Leek Soup (Vichyssoise)

Cold Potato Leek Soup (Vichyssoise)

By Margi Lenga Kahn September 24, 2020

This soup is lovely simply garnished with snipped chives. However, I made a delicious herb puree – parsley, chives, garlic and olive oil – in a blender to swirl through the soup just before serving.INGREDIENTS4 tbsp. (2 oz.) unsalted butter 3 large...

Red Lentil Soup with Middle Eastern Spices

Comfort foods are satisfying and can be healthful, too

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light August 20, 2020

There is simplicity and an unspoken elegance inherent in most comfort foods. Every culture has them. They are the foods that console us and make us feel good.Here in America, popular comfort foods include gooey mac ’n’ cheese, beef stew with noodles...

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Icelandic Jewish cookies: A dessert with a fascinating story to tell

Rachel Ringler August 5, 2020

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher.You’ve heard of the wandering Jew, but have you heard of the wandering Jewish cookie?As Jews move from country to country, they pick up recipes, spices and dishes along the way. Sometimes, even after a Jewish...

Brisket tacos and carrot slaw

Brisket tacos repurpose a holiday favorite for summer

By Rebecca Firkser, The Nosher via JTA July 2, 2020

When I was growing up, I knew brisket as an island of meat in a sea of sweet brownish-red sauce with carrot-plank buoys. Every holiday, this was plunked in the center of the table alongside a loaf of bread. It was … fine. But nothing to write home about.Whoever...

For Shavuot, try this Instant Pot Cheesecake

For Shavuot, try this Instant Pot Cheesecake

Story and Photo by Sheri Silver, The Nosher via JTA May 21, 2020

A quick search for “Instant Pot recipes” will yield hundreds of ideas for savory dishes — chilis, pasta, soups, casseroles and more.But did you know that you can also use your Instant Pot to make dessert? And that your Instant Pot just happens...

Margi Lenga Kahn

Common-Sense Healthy Eating

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light April 19, 2020

An obsession with diets—all types of diets—for nutrition but mostly for weight loss has been a hallmark of American culture for generations. And sadly, it’s been a zero-sum game for most.Michael Pollan, acclaimed writer, professor of journalism...

Margi Lenga Kahn

Challenging times call for a different kind of seder

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light 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...

Dulce de leche hamantaschen. Photo: Leann Shore

Dulce de leche hamantaschen: Rethinking a famed South American cookie for Purim

By Leanne Shor, The Nosher via JTA March 5, 2020

This recipe originally appeared in The Nosher.Bringing new life to hamantaschen was a challenge. People are dead set on their favorite flavors like classic poppy seed and apricot. Of course, newer directions such as Nutella and rainbow funfetti are a...

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