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Faith and Food: Cooking and worshipping together

Sharing a Shabbat meal On a warm Friday evening, the aromas of onions and meat waft through Barbara Meltz’s home in Stanhope, N.J., as she puts the final touches on her Shabbat dinner. Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, is celebrated every week from sundown on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. On Friday evenings in Jewish homes, …

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The Kitchen Sink: 50 years of Buffalo wings

It may only be the 48th Super Bowl, but Buffalo wings will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.  The wings were first served in 1964 at the family-owned restaurant, Anchor Bar, in Buffalo, N.Y. They were the creation of Teressa Bellissimo, an Italian immigrant, who covered them in her own special sauce and served them with …

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Sugar on snow makes bad weather sweet

Silly me to think that pancakes on a snowy day would satisfy my 9-year-old. My daughter Nazrana was apparently a resident of Vermont in a previous life (she is Hindu by birth). Years ago, after reading the wonderful book “Maple Syrup Season” by Ann Purmell, we made “sugar on snow,” the maple taffy made by …

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Meatballs trace a path from Romania to Brooklyn

  At the New Year, it’s natural to reflect on how you got where you are. For Michael Harlan Turkell, a host on the food-oriented Heritage Radio Network, the culinary journey started at a diner in Connecticut and ended at a Latin bodega in Brooklyn. Turkell’s grandmother, called Gaee, came from Romania and opened a …

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Christmas cookies with a deeper purpose

Harry Rosenblum doesn’t celebrate Christmas. But that doesn’t stop his Jewish family from making thousands of Christmas cookies every year. What started in the 1940s as an entrepreneurial enterprise has blossomed into a family tradition that brings relatives together from around the country. With the simple kneading of sugar, flour and butter, the Rosenblums connect …

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Puerto Rican Thanksgiving means pork, not turkey

  Lourdes Miranda grew up in a large Puerto Rican family in Utica, N.Y., on the third floor of an apartment building that her parents owned – and her relatives lived in. “Every floor was related,” Miranda says. “Thanksgiving dinner was very busy.” And very Puerto Rican. Roasted pork, called “lechon,” was the star on …

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Learning to eat roast turkey: A Jewish refugee remembers

  These days in New York City’s Washington Heights, Dominican pastel de guayaba — guava cake — is far more common than German strudel. But in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the New York neighborhood became a refuge for German and Austrian Jews fleeing the Nazis. They brought with them strudel, spätzle (boiled dough bits), …

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When collard greens go Indian

It’s a long way from the Indian city of Delhi to Manhattan, but Aurvi Sharma has found that food can help bring her home. When Sharma moved to New York City with her husband about two years ago she was very homesick. To capture the scents and sensibilities of India, she regularly pulled out her …

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Slide Show: Long Island’s laid-back North Fork

If you’re looking for a destination that promises glamor and celebrity sightings, head to the Hamptons on Long Island (N.Y.)’s East End. If you prefer a slower-paced place dotted with farms and wineries and surrounded by gorgeous waters, then head for the quieter, more laid-back alternative — Long Island’s North Fork. Bound by Long Island …

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N.Y. grape festival brings out purple pros of pie baking

In New York’s Finger Lakes region, visitors to the tiny community of Naples arrive with grape expectations on the final weekend of September. The annual Naples Grape Festival promises an abundance of fruit – fresh on the table, fermented as wine, cooked down into jelly, swirled into cheesecake and frozen custard, baked into cookies, bars …

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