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The Forest Feast

The Forest Feast: Tu Bishvat

Over the weekend, we celebrated a little Jewish holiday called Tu Bishvat. It’s often called the “new year of the trees” and is sort of like Jewish Earth Day. Traditionally people eat 15 kinds of fruits and nuts and drink...

The Forest Feast

Forest Feast: Spiced Passover Haroset

Spring has sprung in the woods! Passover is this week and to kick it off, we hosted a first-night Seder.  We spent two days cooking all the traditional Jewish dishes: matzah ball soup, haroset (a paste of dried fruit and nuts), farfel (quiche-like squares), tzimmes (a...

Culinography

Culinography: Happy Chanukkah!

Chanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday and festival of lights, started last night!  We light a new candle on the menorah every evening after sundown. I will be making the traditional latkes (potato pancakes), like I do every year, and I plan to attempt making sufganiyot...

Culinography

Culinography: Sukkot

The Jewish Harvest holiday of Sukkot starts this Wednesday, Oct 12th and continues for a week. During this time, people eat their meals outdoors under a sukkah (or little hut), decorated with corn, gourds, pumkins and other harvest-inspired decor. It's traditional to say a...

Culinography

Culinography: Etrogs

It was fascinating to see these etrogs for sale this week in Midwood-- people bring out card tables into the street and sell them between $3 to $40, depending on their scent, and whether or not they...

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Culinography: Rosh Hashana

Happy New Year! Rosh Hashana is this Wednesday and Thursday and is the beginning of the Hebrew calendar. It also kicks off the Jewish high holidays (or holy days). As a way of sweetening the year ahead, apples and honey...

Culinography

Culinography: Shavuot

Gotta love a holiday where everyone gets together to eat blintzes and cheesecake! That's just what people do on Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that happened recently. I made this still life about the dairy inspired meal that...

Succotash in the Sukkah

Sukkot is my new favorite holiday. During this week-long Jewish harvest holiday we built a sukkah in our backyard in Brooklyn and invited friends...