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Russian Cabbage Soup

Russian Cabbage Soup (The Nosher via JTA)

Russian Cabbage Soup

(The Nosher via JTA) -- Shchi, or Russian cabbage soup, is among the more well-known soups in Russia. It is usually made with white or green cabbage, but some versions are made with other green leafy vegetables, especially spinach, sorrel or nettles.

Shchi is usually served with sour cream and some black bread on the side. Unlike borscht, there are no beets in this soup.

(This recipe was excerpted with permission from "Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking," by Paola Gavin, published by Quadrille in October.)

The 5 Weirdest Kosher Foods You’ll Be Eating In 2018

Kosherfest in Secaucus, N.J., is the world’s largest kosher trade show, Nov. 14, 2017. (Josefin Dolsten)

SECAUCUS, N.J. (JTA) — “Caution: Meat and dairy sampling on show floor,” read a sign at the entrance to Meadowlands Exposition Center.

That may seem like an unusual warning outside a convention center, but to the crowd attending the food expo there on Tuesday, it made sense: Kosherfest is the world’s largest kosher food trade show, where the vast majority of those attending follow the Jewish prohibition against mixing meat and dairy.



All festive meals, and nearly all extended family gatherings, are greatly improved by the judicious provision of choice wines and spirits. Thanksgiving is no exception.

Indeed, Thanksgiving should be thought of as an opportunity—unbounded by the usual constraints imposed by Shabbat and Jewish holidays—to entertain big with kith and kin. It is a festive meal entirely free of religious overtones or holiday-specific obligations.

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

On Thanksgiving you can count on three things: football on TV, turkey for dinner, and lots of leftovers. But when dinner is done and the games are over, it’s those leftovers that endure, especially the ones from the turkey.

There's very little lost in turkey leftovers. You can find something worthwhile in every scrap: slices for sandwiches, chunks for salad, bones for soup. Even those smaller, less lovely-looking tidbits come in handy for pot pie.

Classic Pecan Pie

Classic Pecan Pie

Roast Turkey With Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

Roast Turkey With Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Chocolate Quinoa Cake (The Nosher via JTA)

Chocolate Quinoa Cake

(The Nosher via JTA) -- I had heard the myth of chocolate cakes made with cooked quinoa and didn’t quite believe they would actually be tasty. This cake is surprisingly moist and delicious.

Note: This recipe is gluten- and dairy-free, and Passover friendly. You can make this cake up to three days in advance, and it also freezes well.

This recipe is excerpted with permission from Paula Shoyer’s cookbook "The Healthy Jewish Kitchen." 

Empire Recalls 5 Tons Of Contaminated Kosher Chicken Breasts

The assembly line at Empire Kosher Poultry’s plant in central Pennsylvania is the largest kosher one of its kind in America, with 240,000 chickens and 27,000 turkeys passing through every week. (Uriel Heilman)

(JTA) — Empire Kosher Poultry is recalling approximately five tons of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.

A Snowball’s Chance in Shul

Advocaat. credit: Sebastian Koppehel

With the cold weather season now firmly upon us, I’m finally plucking up the courage to try a classic Snowball cocktail.

The Snowball was all the rage in the UK just a few decades back, and, I am assured, remains popular in Anglo-Jewish circles come Shabbat kiddush time.

This is a drink I had been avoiding for 15 years, ever since I learned what its primary ingredient, advocaat, is made of.