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Please check out yesterday’s article about me and Sephardic cooking by Caroline Lagnado! JEWISH WEEK: The Memory is in their Taste Buds http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/sephardim-new-york/memory-their-taste-buds …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com If you’ve always liked the idea of traditional American pumpkin pie, but simply never became much of a …

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Did you know that in some Sephardic homes there is the custom of presenting a special Seder plate before the Rosh HaShanna meal, just like one does …

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It’s the season for recipe testing for my Passover cookbook, and as I did with my first cookbook (A Fistful of Lentils) …

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Each spring, Ginette Cohen would pack her suitcase with quatre épices and a box of Spigol spice packets, and fly from France …

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After nearly 100 years, Streit’s Matzo Factory on the Lower East Side will be moving out. It’s especially sad to me because I …

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Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Noam Sienna about his research and discoveries regarding henna in the Middle East and Mediterranean, and …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com The kosher food industry is getting more and more creative with their Passover food products, making life during …

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Photo by Alan Caplan: “Ben & Jerry’s Charoset Ice Cream,” Israel

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Silan (also known as Ha’lek) is an an ancient Babylonian date honey or syrup that many Iraqi Jews today prepare …

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My friend Sarah Abrams just returned from a trip to Holland and sent me this photo of matze in the supermarket. The packaging …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com One cold January morning, I ran down to meet with Shmuel Legesse and learn how to make Ethiopian …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Two months before Passover, Deanna Marcus starts saving her onion skins (yellow, white, and red), while June Hersh remembers her …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Passover is almost synonymous with spring, and in Indian Jewish cooking all herbs, vegetables and fruits used for the …

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“My mother never wanted a cleaning lady to help (for Passover) because she believed that wherever you were cleaning your chametz, you were also …

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Today is Tu B’shevat, the Jewish holiday celebrating the new year of the tree in Israel, marking the beginning of its fruit bearing cycle. In …

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As I complete the interview portion of my cookbook (with a total of nearly 85 interviews of individuals from 18 different countries!), …

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As I continue to work on my Passover cookbook, I am struck by certain parallels between Passover and Thanksgiving. Just as Thanksgiving is …

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This past April it dawned on me that I hadn’t even thought of creating a chapter on Georgian Jews for my Passover cookbook. …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com I had heard and read about a drink made from melon seeds, and it had always intrigued me. …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Inspired by a simple rhubarb and scallion recipe in Amnun’s Bukharian cookbook, I decided to try working with …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com From Libya to Georgia, several individuals described to me the process of making their own special wine or …

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Are you interested in learning about Sephardic food and history, right where it happened? Check out my friend Janet Amateau’s cultural walking tour, …

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For the second night of Passover we went to a Tunisian Seder at Jennifer and Philippe’s on the Upper West Side. The …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com For the last night of Passover to break the bread fast, many Tunisians will go to a Tunisian …

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Below is a list of all the necessary Seder foods, along with the variety of ingredients that individuals from all over the …

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Dried fruit and nuts are among some of the most important ingredients used during the Passover holiday. Usually some kind of dried fruit (such …

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My students often ask me, “How long can I keep my spices?” This is a hard question to answer as throwing out …

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Recently a good friend of mine emailed me a photo of a lamb with only the subject line: “Want to share one …

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Dates are used as a base in many of the Middle Eastern charosets. Sometimes they are cooked down into a pure syrup …

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Did you know that in Iran it is often the tradition during the recitation of the Ten Plagues to shield the Seder …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com During my fall trip to Roosevelt Island (see post, “Roosevelt Island: My Trip To Instanbul), I visited Jale Turcihin …

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Did you know that some of the most Sephardic of Sephardim simply do not eat rice at all during Pesach? Yes, it’s …

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Now that Purim is over, many individuals begin their Passover cleaning as early as today, one month before the holiday begins. It …

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Did you know that not every community uses a Seder plate? The Libyans instead place large portions of each symbolic food into …

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Did you know that in Ethiopia it is the custom every Passover to break all the old ceramic dishes from the previous …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com After my last post (January 6, 2014) I decided that my first draft of Minestra Dayenu had in …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com This past November I bought a roundtrip ticket to Roosevelt Island to meet with Jale, a true …

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When I first read about this traditional Italian Passover soup it was really the name that captured my attention. (What a great …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com The last time that Thanksgiving and Chanukah collided it was about 125 years ago, and next week Jews …

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Lately I’ve been interviewing individuals from the Levantine countries of Syria and Lebanon. An interesting custom that has been described to me …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com This recipe is adapted from the one that I learned from Amnun Kimyagarov and his wife Zoya during …

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One sunny Sunday morning in late August, I ventured out to Queens to meet Amnun Kimyagarov, the author of “Classic Central Asian …

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We all know haroset. We all love haroset. And, come on, we all think that OUR family’s haroset is the best, no? …

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This past summer weekend in June I took a trip down with my mother and my girls Micah and Sacha to visit …

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Yesterday I was reviewing my Passover food interviews from Iraqi Jews, and found it interesting that in all of them the individuals …

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Believe it or not folks, the wheat harvesting season for 2014’s Passover matzah has already begun! On June 28th an article was …

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During my ongoing research into the Central Asian Jewish community I came across this supposedly well-known Afghani proverb mentioned in several sites: …

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In this week’s Passover chapter, I am focusing on the Jewish community from Afghanistan and Bukharia (located today in the southwestern part …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Even though this may be a dish served for an Iraqi Passover Seder meal, it is not something …

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Through my Passover research I came across the concept of a layered matzah pie that is very popular in the Sephardic communities …

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Other than Chanukah, Passover is without a doubt the busiest time of year for me professionally. During the month and a half …

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An interesting article was written Passover week in The New Yorker about Manischewitz and how they turned commercially made matzah into such …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Passover has passed over and we are now back to eating our favorite breads, cakes, cookies, crackers, and …

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Celebrated at sundown on the eighth or final day of the Passover holiday (the seventh day for Reform Jews and those residing …

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According to the Torah, the Paschal (or Passover) lamb (also known as the Korban) was first sacrificed and then offered to God …

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As the first Seder approaches tomorrow night at sundown, it is the tradition in many homes to follow the ritual of b’dikat …

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The story goes that while fleeing the land of Egypt, the ancient Israelites didn’t have time to wait for their dough …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com Several years ago I was invited down to a Passover demo at Kehila Kedosha Janina, a Romaniote synagogue …

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Passover orders are rolling in and I wonder (as I do every year) how I will manage to do all of the …

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Many ingredients that are innately kosher the rest of the year, may not be considered kosher during Passover week. While certain foods …

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I know that none of these Passover-friendly products are traditional in any way, much less Sephardic, but in the weeks leading up …

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©Jennifer Felicia Abadi:  www.JenniferAbadi.com One of the most popular dishes on the Seder table is charoset, the fruity spread used to symbolize …

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Now that Purim has ended the official countdown to Passover has begun folks! This is the time when many Jews begin the …

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On February 12th I gave one of my Jewish food tours of the Lower East Side. I had three people on my …

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I have to be honest and say that for a full two years I have been wanting to write a blog that …

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