Food & Wine | Recipes

03/10/2014 | Section: Recipes
 An ecumenical treat boasting Ashkenazi origins and Sephardi influences. Amy Kritzer

Welcome to our new series in which we seek to gently tweak the anachronisms of the Jewish culinary canon (shav, we’re looking at you). With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can reclaim the dishes that seem the strangest to the modern palate. Sweet and sour tongue, anyone?

First up, because it’s that time of year: hamantaschen. They’re cookies, so what could be bad, right? Sadly, plenty.

03/06/2014 | Section: Recipes

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That saying probably wasn't meant to apply to the heavenly combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but it works just the same. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were invented in 1928, and the combo has simply stuck around.

03/03/2014 | Section: Recipes
Haddock coated in crispy coconut breading makes an easy meal. Lauren Rothman/JW

Crispy fried coconut shrimp are delicious, but they’re full of fat—and obviously not kosher. In this healthier baked version, I skewer haddock fillets and serve them with spicy sriracha sauce for dipping. 

This fun-to-eat version of the classic tropical treat is every bit as tasty, but much lighter. I like to serve it on its own as an appetizer, or over rice next to a crunchy Asian-style slaw for a light lunch or dinner.

02/27/2014 | Section: Recipes

I'm definitely sometimes guilty of over-complicating things. A chocolate cake with 14 ingredients? It's happened. But this recipe is compensation for all that. It's super simple, fun, easy and delicious. And it contains just one ingredient that you probably already have in the fridge!

02/25/2014 | Section: Recipes
This hamentaschen won't disappoint. Amy Kritzer

Welcome to our new series in which we seek to gently tweak the anachronisms of the Jewish culinary canon (shav, we’re looking at you). With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can reclaim the dishes that seem the strangest to the modern palate. Sweet and sour tongue, anyone?

02/20/2014 | Section: Recipes

It's one of the most ancient recipes in the world. The Torah tells how Esau returned from hunting in the fields, starving. He finds his brother Jacob cooking a pot of red lentil stew. Esau is so hungry, he agrees to give up his birthright in exchange for some soup.

02/13/2014 | Section: Recipes

Have you ever had a cherry cordial? Chances are, if you've ever gotten a box of chocolates as a gift (say, for Valentine's Day?), you have. It's a chocolate shell filled with a candied cherry and syrup. They're not my favorites in the box - more of the one I'll take a bite of and put back - mostly because they have a very artificial cherry flavor. Whatever may once have been a cherry is obscured by the sugary-sweet syrup.

02/12/2014 | Section: Recipes
Homemade Baci are more romantic than the commercial version. justjeanette/Flickr

Like many long-time expatriates, I am still surprised by how certain minor holidays, such as Valentine's Day, have become so mainstream in the States that they are celebrated with enthusiasm by people of all ages and backgrounds. Only here have I seen kindergarteners decorate Hello Kitty cards with glittery hearts and distribute them to their little classmates, or retirees purchasing bunches of roses for their belles.

02/12/2014 | Section: Recipes
Chewy ginger-sorghum cookies were a favorite of President Lincoln's. Ronnie Fein

Who knew that gluten-free would become so trendy? True, gluten is a real concern for people with Celiac disease. But many of us without a diagnosis have also discovered that we also feel better after cutting down on bread, pasta and other products made with wheat, rye and other grains.