Monthly Archives: August 2007

Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Traditional Brisket

Growing up in Texas I learned a thing or two about brisket. The smoked BBQ variety, like Thanksgiving turkey, has a tendancy to dry out, and I recall feeling disappointed by this on more than one occasion. When faced with … Read More

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At Long Last, “If I Did It” is Here

I really did think—naively, I guess—that this was over and done with, a triumph indicating at least an inkling of collective dignity, when Rupert Murdoch caved to outside pressure and pulled the thing from the presses.  Oh but no. The … Read More

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Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Spinach Citrus Salad

My hometown of Austin, Tex. is home to an amazing grocery store called Central Market. There's scarce an ingredient Central Market doesn't sell. In addition to their stellar made-in-house baked goods, deli meats, and things like hummus, they have recipe … Read More

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Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Challah Handbook

The golden braids and shiny brown crust of challah loaves are unmistakable. The sweet, eggy bread is customarily eaten on Sabbath and Jewish holidays (except Passover). Braided loaves are most common since they are eaten weekly on the Sabbath. But … Read More

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Last Minute Party Planning: Shopping, Cleaning, Cooking

I've themed my Labor Day party and planned a Southern soul food menu. Next I need to schedule the shopping, cooking, and prep. Here's what I'm thinking: Friday (today): Confirm guest list and headcount. Write/gather recipes. Saturday: Write grocery list. … Read More

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Challenging the Religious Police

The New Statesman reports that Saudi society is beginning to rebel against the country’s infamous religious police, or mutawwa'in, which have long served as enforcers for the seriously-named Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice:  …public outcry … Read More

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Flying the Kosher Skies: A Funny Story About Taking the Kash-Route

A friend of a friend recently shared this story with me via email. Here it is, word for word: After my wife, Lisa, and I moved to Reno from Cleveland, we found ourselves traveling back to the Midwest on a … Read More

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Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Goat Cheese Honey Fondue with Apple Wedges and Toasted Challah Spears

You probably don't eat apples dipped in honey any time of year other than Rosh Hashanah. It's a Holiday Food. There's a reason HFs are only eaten once a year: They're not craveable enough to be eaten more often. There's … Read More

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