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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Savory Lokshen (Noodle) Kugel

Although most Jewish families have their own way of making Lokshen (Noodle) Kugel.  There are two categories for kugel:  Fleishig and Milchig  - Fleishig has no dairy in it, and can therefore be eaten with meat.  Milchig has cheeses, so it can only be served with fish and dairy dishes.

Then comes the other big category: savory or sweet.  This is where you see the kugel battles.  In my family, kugel was always  savory.   My sister's in-laws eat sweet kugel. 

A kugel should be cooked until the noodles are golden and crispy.  It is made with wide egg noodles and never referred to as pasta. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Zuppa con Polpettine - Meatball Soup - Italian Wedding Soup

Hearty and delicious

My son Marc’s paternal great-grandmother from Sicily taught this recipe to his grandmother and I learned it from her, as Meatball Soup.  Years later I found out it was also known as Italian Wedding Soup and that it is an Italian-American soup, not an Italian soup.  I couldn’t understand why his great-grandmother, who was Italian made this soup and everyone in her family thought it was Italian.   But then again, she made spaghetti and meatballs and that isn’t Italian either.

I also thought that this soup was served at Italian weddings, although it must have been long, long ago because none of the Italians I know served it at their weddings, but once again, not true.  The name probably came from a mistranslation of the phrase “minestra maritata” which translates as “married soup”, referring to the fact that this is a comingling of flavors from available greens and meats,

Marc loved everything with
 Parmigiano Reggiano and garlic
Marc thought he looked just like
his grandpa Al.

Marc loved this soup as a baby.  He would reach into the bowl of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and grab a handful of it and shove it into his mouth.  He loved the garlicky taste and the baby sized meatballs.  He was so cute, and the soup was so delicious. 

Hint:  If you make the soup ahead of time, don't add the pasta until you reheat the soup. 

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