My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 5, Soup

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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.

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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.

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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.

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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

Originally posted on Renard's World:
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

Originally posted on Renard's World:
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

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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…

Anything You Can Get Away With, Including Quinoa and Kale

When Oscar Wilde, at the age of 36, published his one and only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, society was disturbed and the press was outraged. “Unclean”, “poisonous”, and “heavy with the mephitic odours of moral and spiritual putrefaction,” pontificated The Daily Chronicle. In the midst of the strait-laced Victorian age, Wilde calmly responded,…

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…

Jack-opportunist and the Magic Mushrooms

Originally posted on Renard's World:
Did you know, Beautiful People, that Jack, the cute little protagonist of the old English fairy tale, was a shameless opportunist? Rather than retelling the story, I’ll invite you to enjoy this little old-fashioned musical number: https://youtu.be/v1hLr5oeUog There are many variations of the classic story, where the adorable, lovable…

The Rivers of Exile: Nine-Day Pie

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Traveling through the streets of Paris with his entourage, Napoleon passed a synagogue and heard heart-wrenching wailing from within. “Why are my Jews crying? – asked the emperor, – What happened to them? “Sire, – rushed an aide-de-camp, “they are lamenting the destruction of their Temple.” “What? Their Temple was destroyed…