How to Make 4 Classic Jewish Recipes My Grandmother Passed Down to Me (2024)

I found my connection to Judaism through food: the tastes, aromas and significance ofeach dish enticed me to learn more aboutmy Jewish roots and the role food has played throughout my people’s history.

Some of my fondest memories have been over latkes at my family’s Chanukah get-together, matzo ball soup at my family’s Passover seder, or a savory kugel literally anytime my grandma comes to visit. Fortunately, my grandma (aka Bubbe) is chock-full of knowledge.

She taught me everything I know in the kitchen and as I practice and practice so that I can eventually pass on what I’ve learned to my future grandchildren, I would like to impart some of her and my expertise toyou all.

Matzo Ball Soup

  • Prep Time:30-45 minutes
  • Cook Time:20-30 minutes
  • Total Time:1 hour 30 minutes
  • Servings:9 to 12 servings
  • Medium


  • 3/4 cup carrots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 quart chicken broth
  • 1 package Manischewitz matzo ball mix
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs
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  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:4 servings
  • Easy


  • 8 small yukon golden potatoes
  • 1 white onion
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (add more as necessary)
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
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  • Step 1

    Peel the yukon potatoes. Once peeled, grate them into a large bowl. Use the side of the grater that will make thicker strands. Repeat this step with the onion.

  • Step 2

    Strain the potato-onion mixture to remove all excess water. Add egg, flour, salt, and pepper to mixture and mix thoroughly.

  • Step 3

    Heat canola oil in large size skillet to medium-high heat. Drop spoonfuls of potato mixture (about 1/3 cup) into skillet and flatten until the potato cake is about 1/4 inch thick and 4 inches wide.

  • Step 4

    Cook potato pancake until golden brown on each side (approximately 5-6 minutes per side).

  • Step 5

    Remove finished latkes from pan and pat down dry with a paper towel to remove excess oil. Servelatkes with applesauce and/or sour cream.

Savory Noodle Kugel

  • Prep Time:20-30 minutes
  • Cook Time:35-45 minutes
  • Total Time:1 hour 15 minutes
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 bag Manischewitz extra wide egg noodles
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • Garlic powder. to taste
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  • Step 1

    Heat small or medium skillet with olive oil and sauté chopped onions until caramelized (golden brown).

  • Step 2

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Pour in noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Strain noodles once cooked.

  • Step 3

    Pour noodles back into the large pot. Add caramelized onions, eggs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir until evenly mixed.

  • Step 4

    Pour noodle mixture into shallow 11×7-inch baking pan. Cook at 375°F oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown.


  • Prep Time:2 hours
  • Cook Time:20-25 minutes
  • Total Time:2 hours 30 minutes
  • Servings:25
  • Advanced


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cinnamon
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  • Step 1

    Place the cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, salt, lemon juice, and vanilla in a food processor. Add the flour and pulse until dough is formed. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

  • Step 2

    Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 3 tablespoons cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl and set aside.In a second small bowl, mix chopped raisins and crushed walnuts and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Divide the dough into 4 balls. Roll the balls out into 4 circles, about 1/8 inch thick.

  • Step 4

    Spread cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on each round of dough. Sprinkle raisins and crushed walnuts across each round.

  • Step 5

    Cut into pie-shaped pieces an inch wide at the circumference. Roll up from the wide side to the center.

  • Step 6

    Beat the egg and brush the top. Sprinkle with the crystallized sugar and place flat on a greased cookie sheet.

  • Step 7

    Bake on a greased cookie sheet in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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