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[17 Dec 2008 | 11 Comments | 1,236 views]
Jewish Soul Food

In Hebrew, the word for soul is Neshamah. In the American South, soul food is usually made with lots of fat and deep fried. Hanukah is the eight-day Jewish festival of light that celebrates two events:

1. The victory of the underdog (Maccabees) against a bully (the Syrian army) and rededication of the temple in Israel in 165 BC.
2. The miracle of one day’s worth holy olive oil that burned for eight days — allowing the Jews to ritually cleanse the Temple and prepare more supplies of holy oil.
This Sunday, Jews …

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[2 Dec 2008 | 5 Comments | 1,005 views]
Homemade for the Holidays

Dear Friends and Loved Ones:

I’ve decided not to give holiday gifts this year. I’m giving you advance notice so that we can avoid the annual guessing game of who we all need to buy for. You can go ahead and cross me off of your list.
I’m sending each of you my heartfelt wish for a peaceful and loving holiday season.
Hugs,
Jodi
On my way home from the airport this weekend, I stopped off at Berdoll Pecan Farm to pick up a bag of freshly harvested nuts. I was also really curious to …

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[28 Nov 2008 | One Comment | 1,974 views]
As American as Apple Pie

It’s been a wonderful week spending time with family and old friends this Thanksgiving. Last year, both Rachel and I stayed in Austin and while it was great to be together — it was more than a little sad eating Thanksgiving dinner at Threadgills.
This year, the Feldman’s invited us to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with their large extended family. The table was decorated beautifully and Eileen made an absolutely delicious meal. There was not one thing I tried that I didn’t like.
Mom was in charge of dessert and brought a cornucopia …

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[27 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,532 views]
Chicken Paprikash

My Nagymama is a great cook. She made the BEST Chicken Paprikash with mushroom rice when I was growing up. She doesn’t cook now so my mom makes the recipe occasionally.
I have to give credit to my mother — Nagymama is dad’s mother and my mom takes care of her like they are related by blood. It’s really amazing and I don’t know anyone else who would be so patient and loving to someone else’s mother (especially one who can be as stubborn as Nagymama).
Here is the recipe for …

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[23 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,081 views]
Tis the Season for Potluck

Over the past three days I’ve been to three potluck events. Somehow I was able to get away with only making one dish, Roasted Jeweled Vegetables, and those ingredients cost me only $13. Those root vegetables were so bountiful that they provided for our FH-Austin Thanksgiving lunch and for my second monthly potluck shabbat.

Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early to fly home to Maryland for a week-long holiday. My dear friend Rachel invited me over to a potluck dinner at her mom’s place and told me to bring …

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