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Chag Semach! It’s Purim or what I think of as the Jewish Halloween. When my husband asked me what the story was, I will confess that I had to go look it up. I could only remember a few key words… Queen Esther, Hayman, gallows, the annihilation of the Jews (again) and a three pointed hat. Click here for a better explanation.
The upshot of it is that we spent Saturday making Hamantaschen, the traditional Purim cookie. I used the recipe posted on one of my favorite Jewish websites, Kveller.com. No photos as I made it but I did get one of the finished product. We made strawberry, apricot and (untraditional) chocolate. I wanted to make the poppy (mohn) filling but it was too complicated. Maybe next year.
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Got Your Holiday On!
Lox are thin slices of cured salmon which are usually paired with a bagel, cream cheese and capers and is an iconic Jewish-American dish.
Originating in Poland in the 17th century, Jewish families ate bagels at the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings. Bagels symbolize the circle of life with Lox symbolizing the saltiness of tears.
The Mid-1800’s the transcontinental railroad shipped salted salmon to the East coast and saw Lox become a popular sandwich filling.
Celebrate this day by partaking in a great Jewish-American tradition. Enjoy a tasty bagel topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers with maybe a tomato or two!
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Foodimentary - National Food Holidays
National Bagel and Lox Day
Five things you should know about
Bagels and Lox
- The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.
- Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the sought inside while retaining a crisp exterior.
- Over a Billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.
- The top selling bagels are Plain(#1), Whole Wheat(#2) and Sesame Seed(#3)
- Originally bagels were baked and sold by street vendors. They would have been carried around on a long string draped over the sellers’ shoulders.
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