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Gefilte fish often starts with a bath

Most Jews know about the carp in the bathtub. Either they’ve seen it with their own eyes or they’ve heard stories. Through the mid-20th century, there was often a carp swimming in the bathtub in Jewish homes across the country just before Passover, destined to become gefilte fish. There’s even a children’s book: Barbara Cohen’s …

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A Passover seder in Iowa

When Good Friday and the first night of Passover coincided several years ago, the Rosenblum family and a minister friend of theirs from Iowa decided to celebrate together. The New York Rosenblums decamped to Emmetsburg, population 3,904 at the last census, where they were to prepare a traditional Jewish seder for their friend’s congregation. And …

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Vermont matzah made the ancient way

Doug Freilich and his wife, Julie Sperling, had their Vermont bakery and farm for four years when they decided to go back to basics. “We were experimenting with local grains and different wheats that could be grown in Vermont and the northeast,” says Freilich. One variety they chose was emmer, an ancient grain that has …

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Pour Two Brothers’ red rye, put on the (Chicago-style) dog

It’s daunting to choose just one brew to represent Illinois, our nation’s fifth most-populous state. A veritable beer-soaked wonderland, it boasts an abundance of fantastic, family-owned breweries and enough delicious suds to keep the entire country in fine spirits. Illinois has America’s longest brewing history outside the 13 colonies, according to “American Breweries II” author …

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