The holes in matzo give the cracker its characteristic crunch,
April 13, 2014 Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.
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While traditional cholents feature meat and beans cooked for a whole day, some modern versions, like this one, use vegetable protein and a quick braise.
February 22, 2014 A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.
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Judge Michael Zusman's bialys are topped with roasted onions, poppy seeds and coarse salt.
December 31, 2013 Michael Zusman used to be a lawyer, specializing in suing financial companies. The work literally started making him sick. Then he stumbled into baking. His new cookbook promises that you can make your own pastrami, pickles and bagels better than you can buy at your local deli.
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Nick Wiseman, partner at DGS Delicatessen, inspects the kitchen as an employee prepares pastrami sandwiches for lunch.
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March 28, 2013 Smoked salmon pastrami may sound heretical, but owners of a revisionist Jewish deli in Washington, D.C., say it's all part of a revival of traditional Jewish cuisine.
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Russ and Daughters, which opened on the Lower East Side in 1914, specializes in smoked fish.
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March 1, 2013 When it opened, its name alone made it different, advertising the shared ownership of the family's daughters, instead of sons. Today, the shop, which specializes in smoked fish, continues to thrive.
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