My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 4, Gefilte Fish.

The most intricate -and the most delicious! – part of every Jewish holiday menu, and definitely the New Year menu, Gefilte Fish.


Which teenage love story has become proverbial, portrayed on stage and on the movie screen, rendered into an opera and a ballet? Romeo and Juliet, you say? You’ve seen too much of Leonardo di Caprio, Beautiful People! Those kids have got nothing on my grandparents, whose love story that lasted for 60 years starts in Part 4 (click forPart 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 5,Part 6,Part 7).

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Part 4 cont

This song will help to put you in the matchmaking atmosphere of a shtetl (small town) more than 100 years ago:

Coming up on our holiday table, following the appetizers, is the most famous of all traditional Jewish dishes, Gefilte Fish.

How do you recognize a Jewish fish? It swims with a carrot in its mouth. I think this joke is older than the gefilte fish itself. In truth, even though eating fish on

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  1. The number of hours women put into cooking in the past puts us to shame!

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    1. Very true, dear Mimi, but I still do that for holiday meals. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. Doug Thomas says:

    An incredible recipe! I can’t imagine anyone in today’s world – except the incredible you! – making anything so complicated, yet it has to be a much-appreciated treat when served. I had no idea what it was, yet it tells me in the name – “gefilte”, Yiddish for “filled” – that suggests the German “gefüllt”, which I know. As always, the story was a treat and a look into a different time, place, and culture.

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    1. Thank you so much, Doug. Yiddish, of course, is very close to German, especially the Austrian dialect. And it’s my grandmother who was incredible, not I!

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      1. Doug Thomas says:

        Your incredible qualities manifest themselves in other ways!

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      2. Thank you, kind sir (blushing all over the internet)!


      3. Doug Thomas says:

        There was a cartoon in The New Yorker magazine decades ago where a crowd of entranced people around a bearded fellow prompt another fellow talking with someone curious about the attraction to state, “We admire excellence no matter how it manifests itself.” These days, a bearded man, of course, is nothing special, but in 1966 it was, as we know, unusual. This noted, I am like the bearded fellow’s admirers in that I admire excellence no matter how it manifests itself, too, and you are accomplished on so many levels!

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      4. Doug, I wasn’t here in 1966, and in Russia bearded men were not a curiosity. That said, you are making me blush again.


  3. Good to read of your grandparents’ love story again

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    1. I thank you for re-reading it every year, Derrick

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      1. Always a pleasure, Dolly

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  4. Lulu: “Our Dada says there is an amusing outtake from the movie ‘Rush Hour’ where the character played by Chris Tucker is trying to order a gefilte fish on an airplane and keeps pronouncing it wrong, so they have to repeat the take over and over again.”
    Charlee: “I would still eat it, however it’s pronounced.”

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    1. Mama says she has not seen the movies, but we say we would love to eat it, at least a little sample, and we never get any. What a meanie!
      The Cat Gang

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  5. Americaoncoffee says:


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    1. Thank you, sweetheart!


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