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A Snowball’s Chance in Shul

Advocaat. credit: Sebastian Koppehel

With the cold weather season now firmly upon us, I’m finally plucking up the courage to try a classic Snowball cocktail.

The Snowball was all the rage in the UK just a few decades back, and, I am assured, remains popular in Anglo-Jewish circles come Shabbat kiddush time.

This is a drink I had been avoiding for 15 years, ever since I learned what its primary ingredient, advocaat, is made of.

Why 30,000 Orthodox Women Belong To This Recipe-Sharing Facebook Group

Sisters Goldie Adler Nathan, left, and Esty Adler Wolbe are the founders of the I Don’t Cook But I Give Out Recipes Facebook page. (Courtesy of Wolbe)

(JTA) — Getting dinner on the table is a challenge for any busy, modern family.

With larger-than-average family sizes and religiously mandated dietary restrictions, however, mealtimes can be even more complex at Orthodox Jewish homes. There’s a limited number of kosher restaurants in any given area, and home-cooked Shabbat meals are often considered the highlight of the week.

South Philly’s Hippest Bakery Has A Yiddish Name

Tova Du Plessis opened Essen in South Philadelphia last year. (Ellen Scolnic)

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Opening a Jewish bakery with a Yiddish name in an Italian neighborhood sounds crazy, but it didn’t take long before Essen had a line of regular customers lining up for its fresh-baked challah on Fridays.

Tova du Plessis opened Essen, which means “to eat,” in South Philadelphia in April 2016 after stints as a pastry chef at some of this city’s top restaurants.

Hot Pastrami? Burglars Steal $5,000 From Kosher Deli In Brooklyn

Burglars broke into Mechy’s Deli in Brooklyn by way of state Sen. Simcha Felder’s office. (Screenshot from Google Street View)

NEW YORK (JTA) — The burglars who robbed a kosher deli in Brooklyn weren’t looking for brisket or roast beef. They left the food untouched but stole $5,000, after breaking in by way of the adjacent office of a Brooklyn state senator.

“They certainly weren’t desperate for pastrami,” state Sen. Simcha Felder said on Sunday, according to The New York Post.

Bread Brawl

(Courtesy Breads Bakery)

Some New York foodies are worried about the future of the city's popular Breads Bakery chain.

A demand for arbitration has been filed in court by Breads' two Israeli owners, baker Uri Scheft and restaurateur Gadi Peleg according to Eater, which broke the news last week.

An Evening of Whisky Delight

I recently attended a tasting of 13 whiskies from the John Milroy Selection brand of independently-labeled, single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies.

The tasting was held at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon in the District of Columbia under the auspices of John Milroy Selections’ importer, Spirit Imports, a family-run company with a solid history of bringing distilled spirits to the American market. Representing the company was its president and founder (and landsman) Alan Shayne and his daughters Gabby and Lauren. 

Noodles and Cottage Cheese

Noodles and Cottage Cheese

(The Nosher via JTA) -- Noodles and cottage cheese was the defining dish of my childhood. I think of it as the Eastern European version of boxed macaroni and cheese – a culinary staple of youth.

Whenever I bring up noodles and cottage cheese in conversation, it always elicits a strong reaction: Either there is an immediate enthusiastic nostalgia associated with it, or instant confusion and/or disgust. I’ve found little neutrality on the subject.

Lior Lev Sercarz Wants to Shake up the Way You Think About Spices

Lior Lev Sercarz teaches spice blending classes and sells spices at La Boite in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. (Josefin Dolsten)

NEW YORK (JTA) — For many home cooks, spices are an afterthought, sprinkled on a dish lacking in flavor. Israeli-born, French-educated chef Lior Lev Sercarz wants to change that.

“If you want to make good food and beverages you need to know about spices, and I would like to help you know more about it, whether you’re a home cook, whether you’re a professional,” Sercarz, 45, told JTA recently at La Boite, the small spice and biscuit shop he opened in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

Trader Joe's Now Sells Bamba

Courtesy of Trader Joe's

Attention Bamba lovers: Trader Joe's has begun selling the popular Israeli peanut snack in its grocery stores across America. 

The crunchy, peanuty puffs, which are made with corn grits, are gluten free, and similar to cheese doodles in consistency. The big difference, of course, is that instead of being coated in powdered, processed cheese, Bamba nuggets contain peanut paste. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles have a pretty funny name, but they're a classic treat. A cake-like cookie with a cinnamon sugar coating, the name for snickerdoodles is likely of German origin, meaning "snail-like." This version of the confection adds in pureed pumpkin for a perfectly fall tasting treat.