While I may not be the most devout Jew, I certainly stand proud when it comes to Jewish food. From latkes to honey cake to brisket, I think we do a pretty good job of setting the table with an awesome array of food.
My favorite traditional Jewish food, though, is none other than the classic bagel with salmon lax. Give me a toasted bagel, cream cheese, tomato, onion, and lax–and I’m good to go.
Growing up, Sunday mornings were taken over by Sunday school at our local synagogue. I went (albeit unwillingly) each week, but always looked forward to the full spread of food at the end of the day. With more bagels than you could count and table upon table piled high with fruit, crackers, cheeses, and plenty of desserts, it was a food-lover’s heaven.
Now, as an adult, I like to experiment with food and try different things from the menu. It’s hard, though, not to stick with the familiar and order a bagel with lax each time I’m out. Fortunately, there’s a Giant right down the street from my apartment, so it’s easy to indulge myself and recreate this Jewish classic whenever I’m craving a bite of home.
Stay tuned for some great Jewish recipes (care of my grandmother and mom) in future posts. If you haven’t experienced blintzes, kugel, and challah, then you’re missing out.