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The Definitive NYC Hamantaschen Guide

Where to buy the tri-cornered treats this Purim.

03/12/2014
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It’s that time of year again, folks: Purim! And for most children—and quite a few adults, too—the star of this holiday is the humble tri-cornered hamantaschen. In an ideal world, all hamantaschen would have a crisp, not-too-sweet crust filled with a generous amount of soft filling, but let’s face it: all too often, bakeries around town churn out dry, crumbly cookies with only the barest hint of prune, poppy or apricot inside.

The Definitive NYC Hamantaschen Guide

Hey, Readers: We Want Your Family Recipes!

Share those classic Jewish dishes with fellow foodies.

03/10/2014
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A Halvah Hamentasch

The Purim classic is often disappointing, so we made it more rich and tender with an updated filling and dough.

03/10/2014
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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.

 An ecumenical treat boasting Ashkenazi origins and Sephardi influences. Amy Kritzer

A Sweet, Ethically-Sourced Passover

Kosher chocolate goes fair trade in a partnership between T'ruah and Fair Trade Judaica.

03/07/2014
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Courtesy of Fair Trade Judaica

Is It Worth It?

A reflection on the price of wine.

03/07/2014
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One question we get asked about wine is, “Is it worth the money?”

Worth, like beauty, is subjective. Indeed, asking the “worth” question is really another way of asking, “Is it worth it to you?” It’s clear, though, that what people really mean when they ask this question is, “Do you think this is worth it to me?” So how does one begin to answer that?

Courtesy of Dalton Winery

Layers Of Goodness

Tuck one of these peanut butter-topped brownies into your Purim packages this year.

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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.

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150g semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs plus one egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
175g semisweet or milk chocolate, finely chopped OR 1 cup chocolate chips

Checking In On Peck’s

Ratner’s family-owned Brooklyn food shop teams up with Gefilteria.

03/05/2014
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Peck's opened on Myrtle Avenue in January. Lauren Rothman/JW

Sparkle Up Your Purim

In praise of the Champagne-like, yet affordable, Cava.

03/04/2014
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When it comes to victory celebrations, the ubiquitous wine of choice is Champagne, that almost magical sparkler from Northern France. At sporting events, winners drink Champagne from trophies. Ship captains launch their vessels by smashing a bottle on the prow. In military messes, officers have long quaffed the bubbly to celebrate victories old, new and not yet won.

Cava is just as festive — but much less expensive — than kosher champagne. Courtesy of Freixenet

A Place To Worship Good Coffee

Kava Shteeble comes to Bed-Stuy.

03/04/2014
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If you live in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and you’ve been jonesing for some quality brew, then your wait will soon come to an end: Kava Shteeble, which its owners describe as “a small, cozy coffee house,” will open on Ralph Avenue by mid-March. If the java turns out to be as good as its owners assert, the café would make a great addition to a neighborhood that’s underserved when it comes to coffee: currently, the most convenient spot to fuel up is a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Kava Shteeble’s warm brick-and-wood interior was created almost entirely from salvaged materials. Lauren Rothman/JW

Crispy Coconut Haddock

This kosher spin on tropical crispy shrimp is light and easy to make.

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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.

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Cooking spray
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sriracha or other Asian chili sauce, plus more for dipping
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound haddock or other firm white fish, cut into 2”-thick strips
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup Japanese panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
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