My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 1, Round Challah.

As we are a week away from the beginning of High Holidays that start with Rosh Hashana, Beautiful People, I am repeating my holiday recipes tied to chapters of my short novel “My Grandmother’s Recipes.” May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a Sweet Year!

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Years ago, when my grandmother was still around, it has occurred to me that only my mother and I knew her recipes, and we knew them by heart; they were not written anywhere. I decided to write them down, organizing them by Jewish holidays. Then my memories took over, plunging me into family stories, and the book acquired a life of its own, going away from the actual recipes into post-war Odessa realities.

title pageIn 1992 my son Alex (Arkady, in Russian), then a junior at Brandeis University, was awarded an Undergraduate Fellowship for translation of a collection of stories by Russian authors, compiled by Professor Inna Braude. A year later, this book was published by Hermitage Publishers, illustrated by a prominent Russian artist Alexander Okun. It is available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Times-Turmoil-Collection-Stories/dp/1557790655/ref=sr_1_1?). I am tremendously honored that my story made it into this distinguished line-up of authors, translated by…

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Laleh; I am so glad you like it!

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  1. CarolCooks2 says:

    As always a fascinating look at history and life coupled with a glorious recipe…xx The best recipes are those taught to us by our mothers and grandmothers xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Carol!

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        Well deserved dear Dolly ..your posts are always so informative xx

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      2. You are too kind, darling!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anjali; I am so glad you like it!

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      1. You’re welcome 😊

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  2. I am so pleased this did make it into the book

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick; I truly appreciate your comment.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Gail!

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  3. Aren’t grandmothers and their recipes the best? Love it. I make challah but I need to try this recipe

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Smitha; I am so glad you like it!

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  4. No matter how often i read your stories, i will read them again when you post them. They are worth every moment!

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    1. You are so sweet, dear Mimi! Thank you so very much for a lovely comment.

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  5. Lulu: “Our Dada is saying something about using Challah to make French toast.”
    Chaplin: “Is it good?”
    Lulu: “I guess he thinks so. But something tells me that if he made it, we wouldn’t be getting any.”
    Chaplin: “So unfair.”

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    1. Our Mama says your Dada is right, but we are also not getting any – so unfair!
      Meows and Purrs from The Cat Gang.

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  6. Sorry for the delay, Dolly! Happy New Year! Just heared on radio. I hope you are ready for celebrations. But how horrible is the new lockdown in Israel, now starting with Rosh Hashana. Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! Yes, I am ready, and I cooked and baked, and prepared everything, but It will be just my husband and I, and no guests – very sad. Also, I am not going to services because the synagogue is too small for social distancing in the women’s section and also because it’s difficult for me to breath in the mask. The Rabbi promised to come and blow the Shofar for me both days – so wonderful of him!

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      1. Hey, this sounds great. Wish you a great celebration. With the Shofar i am sure it will be.

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      2. I hope and pray for a good year for the entire world!

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      3. Lets do so, Dolly! There are a lot of dark clouds over all.

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      4. Very true, but I believe that His Kindness prevails.

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