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Passover Recipe: Easy Italian-Ashkenazi Matzoh Ball Soup

Passover Italian-Ashkenazi Chicken-Matza Ball Soup
Italian matzoh ball soup??

This unusual recipe, combining the Sepharidic and Ashkenazi traditions—Italian and Ashkenazi Chicken-Matza Ball Soup—comes, says Chef Renee, from a wonderful cookbook called The Classic Cuisine of the Italian Jews, by Edda Servi Machlin, first published in 1981.
Explains Chef Renee Marton: “The recipe is a combination of Italian Passover [...]

In Time for Your Passover Seder: Rabbi Mints Sold on Upper West Side

What does it take for a Rabbi and an ad man and an entrepreneur to create a new product? Ad man Richard Kirshenbaum, entrepreneur David Mitchell and Rabbi Adam Mintz (get it???) of Congregation Rayim Ahuvim in New York City launched kosher Rabbi Mints March 21 just in time for the Passover season with its [...]

Wine Bars Invade the Upper West Side

Leslie Albrecht of DNA Info put together a great piece about the influx of chi-chi wine bars on the Upper West Side. Want to know where to go?  Leslie will guide you up and down the avenues.
Leslie called me to get my take on the trend. As I said to her: “They started out in [...]

Triangle Factory Fire Anniversary: My Grandmother Survived to Become the World’s Worst Cook

Family legend has it that my grandmother, Fannie Chapkowitz Binnenbaum, survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. She is said to have jumped into a fireman’s net and walked home where her mother, unaware of the tragedy, brusquely ordered her back to work.
Later, Fanny went into the bootlegging  business. In the back of her candy story [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

“What’s more Irish than a traditional recipe for corned beef and cabbage?” asks For St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t get more Irish than this hearty dish.
But according to 97 Orchard Street by Jane Ziegelman, corned beef and cabbage traveled to New York with the Dutch settlers. Many European countries developed their own variations. But [...]