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Shabbat  
The prohibition against cooking on Shabbat encouraged the preparation of foods that could be made in advance of the day of rest. Recipes: "Grandma Gussie's Potato Knishes," "Hungarian Mushroom Turnovers." Tina D. Wasserman. Winter 2009.
C.L. Bell. Winter 2003. In PDF format.
How chicken became a staple of the Shabbat table; the origin of gefilte fish, cholent, and tzimmes; why we eat challah on Shabbat. Recipes: "Bene Israel Shabbat Chicken Curry" and "Challah." Tina D. Wasserman. Winter 2003.
High Holy Days  
Tina D. Wasserman. Visiting Bejt Simcha, the Progressive Jewish community in Prague, and creating two Rosh Hashanah treats inspired by Czech Jewry’s culinary heritage: Apple Horseradish and Ceske’ Buchty/Czech Apple-Filled Yeast Cake. Fall 2011.
Rosh Hashanah recipes that recall Hungary in the austere postwar era: "Hungarian Cabbage Strudel" and "Hungarian Potato Dumplings with Prune Filling." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2010
Algerian Jewish history and culinary traditions. Rosh Hashanah recipes: "Algerian Chicken with Quince" and "Vegetable Melange in Pastry Shells." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2009.
The origins of the custom of dipping a slice of apple in honey to express our hopes for a sweet and fruitful year. Recipes: "Rosh Hashanah Noodle Kugel," "Apples and Honey Cake Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce," "Fresh Apple Cake." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2007.
The culinary traditions of the Abayudaya, a 750-member farming community in Uganda, half of whom formerly converted to Judaism in 2002. Fall harvest Ugandan-inspired recipes: "Ugandan Fall Harvest Fruit Salad," "Manioc Cheese Puffs," and "Arugula Salad with Dates and Chevre with a Pomegranate Vanilla Vinaigrette." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2006.
Chanukah  
Tina D. Wasserman. Understanding gluten-free foods, plus two gluten-free Chanukah recipes: Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes and Sweet Potato Spiced Sufganyot. Winter 2011.
How oil, cheese, and potatoes all came to figure prominently in Chanukah cooking. Chanukah recipes: "Chanukah Radish Salad," "Stuffed Kibbeh," "Frittelle Di Riso-Italian Rice Pancakes." Tina D. Wasserman. Winter 2008.
Jewish history and cuisine in Cuba. Cuban Chanukah recipes: "Frituras de Malanga / Malanga Fritters," "Grilled Chicken Breasts with Sofrito." Tina D. Wasserman. Winter 2006.
Theories tracing the Chanukah-gelt connection; when and why chocolate coins were first covered in gold foil. Chanukah recipes: "Homemade Chocolate Truffle 'Gelt,'" "Potato Galette with Mushrooms," and "Herbed Risotto Pancakes." Tina D. Wasserman. Winter 2005.
Cooking with oil during Chanukah reminds us symbolically that we can prevail over our persecutors through the power of our faith in God. Recipes: "Corn Fritters," Potato Pancakes or Kugel," and "Applesauce." Tina D. Wasserman. Winter 2004.
Passover  
Tina D. Wasserman. How “gefilte fish” first came to be; includes recipes for Traditional Gefilte Fish, Gefilte Fish and Horseradish Mold, and Tri-colored Gefilte Loaf, Spanish Style. Spring 2012.
Growing up on a wine farm in the Cape Province of South Africa, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef adapted her Latvian grandmother's recipes with the rich array of South African flavors: "Roasted Chicken, South African Style" and "Bubele, Modern Style." Tina D. Wasserman. Spring 2010.
The proliferation of Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco) culinary traditions. Passover recipes: "Algerian Fish Terrine" and "Moroccan Meatball Tagine with Quinoa 'Couscous.'" Tina D. Wasserman. Spring 2009.
Recipes for a four-course Pesach feast with wine in every dish: "Traditional Charoset, Texas-Style," "Beef Borscht with Wine," "Nirvana Chicken," "Braised Lamb Shanks in Orange-Merlot Sauce," "Poached Salmon in a Court Bouillon," "Asparagus with Orange Dill Sauce," "Sabayon." Tina D. Wasserman. Spring 2007.
With some creative cooking, eating matzah for seven days is no affliction. Recipes: "Passover Bagels," "Passover Linzer Torte," Deluxe Matzah Kugel," "Iraqi Charoset." Tina D. Wasserman. Spring 2005.
Sukkot  
The culinary traditions of the Abayudaya, a 750-member farming community in Uganda, half of whom formerly converted to Judaism in 2002. Fall harvest Ugandan-inspired recipes: "Ugandan Fall Harvest Fruit Salad," "Manioc Cheese Puffs," and "Arugula Salad with Dates and Chevre with a Pomegranate Vanilla Vinaigrette." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2006.
The Sukkot mitzvot and what foods came to figure prominently in holiday celebrations. Sukkot recipes: "Turkish Stuffed Grape Leaves" and "Vegetarian Couscous." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2004.
Purim  
Tracing the history of Hamantashen, poppy seeds, and prune fillings. Recipes: "Haman's 'Ears,'" "Mohnbrodt," and "Hamentashen de Panema," plus instructions on how to shape a perfect Hamantashen. Tina D. Wasserman. Spring 2006.
World Offerings...  
Tina D. Wasserman. Explains why barley and not matzah was the first Pesach offering. Includes recipes for Spring Barley Risotto with Asparagus and Lemon as well as Summer Barley Salad. Spring 2011.
Tina D. Wasserman. Recipes for Persian Zeitun Parvardeh, Bread with Cheese, and Cucumber Yogurt Salad. Summer 2010.
Tina D. Wasserman. The inventions & influences of Roman Jewry on Italian cuisine. Recipes: "Fiori de Zucca Ripieni," "Pasta with Salsa Cruda," "Pesce en Saor." Summer 2009.
Why Bulgarian Jewish cuisine resembles the cooking of Sephardic Jews in Greece and Turkey. "Baked Chicken with Barley," "Agristada-Egg Lemon Sauce," "Kiopoolu-Bulgarian Roasted Eggplant Spread." Tina D. Wasserman. Fall 2008.
Tina D. Wasserman. Greek Jewish history and cuisine. Recipes: "Eggplant Salad with Pine Nuts Kioupia," "Greek Avgolemono Soup," "Psari Saganaki." Summer 2008.
Other  
Tina D. Wasserman. The ancient and modern meanings of Tu B'Av, plus recipes for romance: Chicken Salad Veronique with Avocados, Wine Jelly & Frosted Grapes. Summer 2011.
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