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Endlessly Adaptable, Utterly Reliable, Absolutely Delicious Hamantashen

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My mom’s recipe for hamantashen, developed in California and then adapted in myriad ways by five daughters and daughters-in-law, is the best recipe any of us have ever used or eaten. It’s soft-baked, it’s incredible and best of all, it’s impossible to mess up. This is one of those recipes that’s endlessly...

Crispy Hamantashen and Fun for Everyone (Even Gluten-Free Followers)

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I have become very sensitive to the world of celiac disease and gluten-free diets due to a recent diagnosis of someone close to me. I was lucky enough to find this recipe and am happy to share it with you. Of course, if you are not gluten free, you can certainly enjoy them as well.

Gluten-Free Crispy “Hamentashen” Treats


 1 cup sugar1 cup corn syrup1 cup peanut butter5 cups Rice Krispies1 cup chocolate chips



Melt the corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan on top of the stove over a low flame. Take the pot off the flame and add the peanut butter. Pour the Rice Krispies in and mix them until they are full coated in the mixture. Spread this mixture out...

Purim—Did You Just Say ‘Different Wines’?

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With Purim approaching, we are looking for different, new wines to enjoy over the holiday. Different sure, but also good and interesting, of course. Different in the sense of interesting and diverse as some exciting kosher wines from all over the world have been released recently.

For those of you usually drinking Israeli wines, I suggest to try some new offerings from Spain, Italy or France for Purim. Not necessarily the usual Bordeaux blends and varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but also some different varietals.

Take for example the latest wine released by Capcanes winery from Spain. It is called Samso, as Samso is the name used for the Carignan varietal in Catalonia...

Savory Hamantashen Can Liven up Your Purim Seudah

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Hamantashen have evolved from its earliest incarnation as a sweet pastry with mohn (poppy) or lekvar (fruit puree) filling. Today’s hamantaschen fillings can be savory or sweet and take flavor inspiration from almost anywhere.

Hamantashen is a triumph of linguistics translated into food. In Hebrew, oznei Haman, as the pastry is called, is literally translated as “Haman’s ears,” according to Chabad.org. The Yiddish “tash” means pockets and “haman” can either refer to Haman or mohn, poppy seeds. The combination results in hamantashen—poppy seed pockets. The shape comes from a reference to Haman wearing a three-cornered hat. The only common denominator for all things...

Tel Aviv Wine Showcase Promises a Great Year Ahead

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Wine professionals from around Israel recently gathered at the “2016 Sommelier Wine Fair” in Tel Aviv. Open only to industry insiders, the wine fair is the premier showcase of wine production in Israel.

Held in the elegant modern Tel Aviv Culture Palace complex, also home to the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the 2016 sommelier wine fair covered 3000 m2 with over 80 wineries. Thousands of quality wines from Israel and from around the world were on display to a fascinated audience of professionals, including restaurateurs, sommeliers, chefs, bar managers, hoteliers, buyers, suppliers and caterers. It was an opportunity for those professionals to see the latest developments in...

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