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Eating Jewish: A new twist on Gefilte Fish: Halibut and Salmon Terrine

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Halibut and Salmon Terrine

Gefilte fish, these two words make a lot of people turn their noses up in disgust while it can make others salivate.

Eating Jewish: Charoset medley

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Charoset

Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the maror to the zeroah, each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all these symbolic foods, charoset is definitely my favorite and I have to agree with Gil Marks when he says in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food that it “is unquestionably the most flavorful and arguably everyone’s favorite of the seder foods.”

Eating Jewish: Oznei Haman (Haman’s Ears)

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Oznei Haman

There are many Purim sweets that are modeled after Haman's anatomy or clothing.

Eating Jewish: Iraqi Purim Delicacies

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Sambusak el Tawa (Iraqi chickpea turnovers)
Hadgi Badah

With preparation for Purim in full swing, there is no doubt that many people are thinking about Hamantaschen, which has become synonymous with this holiday in North America.

Gluten-free bakery style hamantaschen

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Gluten-free bakery style hamantaschen
Gluten-free bakery style hamantaschen 2

This was originally posted at Gluten Freedom on January 2, 2011. Reposted with permission. 

Rolling in Dough

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Striped Hamantaschen

My congregation is having a big Purim Party on Sunday. They will need about 300 hamantaschen and I am bringing enough dough to make 2/3 of them.

Eating Jewish: Gâteau à l’Orange (Orange Cake)

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Gâteau à l’Orange (Orange Cake)

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are pretty sick of winter at this point and if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you don’t really experience winter, I envy you. This time of year is the one I like the least because despite knowing that spring is almost here, it just can’t come soon enough. We got a small taste of spring in Montreal last week but that was just a tease and we have since fallen back into cold winter weather. Yet, the one good thing about this time of year is the abundance of citrus that’s available.

Eating Jewish: Recipes for a tasty Tu B’Shevat table

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Pomegranate Taboulleh
Date and Walnut Pie

Although there are no specific dishes that have traditionally been prepared for Tu B’Shevat, the custom of serving dishes that contain fruits and nuts has emerged.

Eating Jewish: Moroccan chicken with olives and lemons

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Moroccan Chicken with Olives and Lemons
Olive vendor in Marrakesh

My inspiration for the dishes I write about on Eating Jewish come from a variety of places that range from the numerous cookbooks that I have around my apartment, articles concerning Jewish food in newspapers and magazines, or simply the ingredients that I happen to have on hand at the moment. However, for this dish my inspiration came from my own academic work concerning the Moroccan Jewish community of Montreal.

Eating Jewish: Krupnik (Polish Barley Soup)

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Krupnik (Polish Barley Soup)

If I had to choose one word to describe the last few weeks it would, without a doubt, be indulgence. Between my birthday celebrations and holiday celebrations, I’ve done quite a lot of feasting. Friends and family have fed me delicious meals and I’ve also had the opportunity to cook some fabulous food as well. Yet, as good as it all was, when thinking about what to make for dinner one night last week all I wanted was something healthy (some vegetables, please) but that was also hearty.

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