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Collage of about a dozen brunch foods as listed in the blog post

The crickets sound louder each night, a wistful reminder that summer days are dwindling. Why not seize the moment and celebrate summer by hosting a healthy and pretty brunch – with a Jewish twist?

A few of our favorite brunch recipes are listed below. Kim Kushner’s smoked salmon frittata is really foolproof with her brainstorm to bake it in a springform pan (who knew?), and it takes literally minutes to make Tina Wasserman’s colorful beet hummus, using canned beets, chickpeas, and everyday spices you probably already have in your cabinet. Top it all off with our Israeli citrus...

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Closeup of three hands holding lit sparklers against the backdrop of an American flag

Fire up the grill, Independence Day is coming! Add a little bit of Jewish flavor to your American celebration with one of these original, Jewish-inspired recipes from ReformJudaism.org. And if you’re not doing the cookout thing this Fourth of July, don’t worry: These recipes are a delicious delight all summer long.

Salads

Strawberry Spinach SaladOrange and Fennel SaladSummer Barley SaladOttoman Watermelon and Olive SaladChicken Salad Veronique with Avocados

Grillers

Vegan Mediterranean Grilled TofuMoroccan Chicken KebabsIsraeli Fish Kebabs with Yellow Tahini Yogurt...

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Overhead view of hollandaise sauce and whisk in a pot

It’s often difficult to be funny in print, but reading the opening of Peter Gethers’ newest book, My Mother’s Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life, I found myself suppressing hysterical laughter in the quiet car of an evening rush-hour train. I can’t begin to imagine how his unselfconscious, authentic, and remarkably familiar persona would make me laugh in person. It’s fitting, I think, that last week – just before Mother’s Day – I finished My Mother’s Kitchen – this time alone at home, where I savored the poignant scene of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs...

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Holocaust survivor Sol Rosenkranz

When author June Hersh interviewed Holocaust survivors for her first book Recipes Remembered, a cookbook of their stories and recipes, she barely knew anyone who had endured this horrific time in history. Today, June counts the survivors she’s met among her dearest friends.

She recently teamed up with photographer Brian Marcus for a new book, Still Here: Inspiration From Survivors & Liberators of the Holocaust. When we spoke, June said that her attitude about the Holocaust hasn’t changed, but her understanding about how to move forward despite paralyzing odds has proven to be...

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Little girl from behind wearing superhero cape

Long ago in Persia, before tweets and 24-hour news cycles, a royal vizier named Haman had the ear of King Achashverosh, a foolish and malleable man. When a Persian Jew named Mordechai enraged Haman by refusing to bow down, Haman vowed not only to punish Mordechai, but to exterminate all the Jews of Persia. 

With Mordechai’s help, our hero was Esther, a smart and tenacious Jewish woman who bravely stepped up to the plate. Esther gained clout with the farshtinkener (stinking) king, and bravely worked to help thwart Haman’s wicked plan.  

Mordechai’s words to Esther speak...

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