My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 8, Quinoa Pomegranate Salad.

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This post takes us to the last two of the four holidays: Sukkot (Sukkos) and Simchat Torah (Simhas Torah). It also concludes my story with the celebration of Simhas Torah in Moscow Synagogue. *20. Leader of All Peoples – one of the multitude of epithets Stalin constructed to refer to himself.…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 7, Strudel.

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This Sunday we start celebrating a series of holidays commonly called The High Holidays. In Yiddish, we simply say Yontoivim – The Holidays,  and everybody understands which holidays are meant. That’s because there are four holidays that follow each other not only on the calendar, but also in meaning and significance.…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 6, Main Course.

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The story of Odessa synagogue and the unsavory characters who ran it continues in this chapter (click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 7). *Top of this page was included in Part 5 * 16. Alexander Matrosov – a World War II military hero who…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 5, Soup

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My grandparents’ teenage romance continues in this chapter (click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6, Part 7). ? *This is not an error; I included the top of the next page in order to finish a paragraph and to leave you, Beautiful People, in suspense.  The…

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

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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…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 3, Appetizers.

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We are up to holiday appetizers and Part 3 of my story, Beautiful People (click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7). ? 3. Hassidic Jews – from Hassidism, a religious movement originated in Southern Poland in 18th century 4. Reds – supporters of the…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 2, Leikach.

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We continue to delve into my grandmother’s holiday menu, as well as my story, with Part 2. If you missed Part 1, please go here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here. Part 7 is here. 2. Tzaddik – a righteous person,…

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

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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…

Golden Apples Tale, Myth, and Mousse

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This is a story of young men who get what they want regardless of societal norms or even simple politeness. A Tzar had a tree that bore golden apples. He treasured it because he believed that golden apples grant immortality. Yet every night one of the apples disappeared. The…

Old Man Mushroom Saves Russian Cinderella

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The first known Cinderella was called Rhodopis, lived around 7th century BCE, and? transitioned from slavery to royalty by marrying the King of Egypt. I doubt that she had either little glass slippers or a fairy godmother. Making her way into the world’s culture, she has acquired both, as…

Korean Beet Salad

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This is probably the shortest post I’ve written so far. It’s like those before and after pictures – good for a contrast between the two of them, and there is nothing more to say. Here are Harry, Ron, and Hermione before, ready for all kinds of exciting adventures. Many adventures, harrowing…

The Scone of Stone

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The Scone of Stone was stolen! It was stolen from the most unexpected and the best guarded place, The Dwarf Bread Museum. Of course, dwarf breads were substantially different from our breads; that is, different in substance. In fact, they included gravel as one of the main ingredients. According to the…