Rachel Tepper


The Curious History of Kosher Salt

By Rachel Tepper

The Curious History of Kosher Salt
Kosher salt is one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in the cooking world — but it’s also one of the most misunderstood. We break down its curious history.Read More


Upscale Deli Fare Is Headed For D.C.

By Rachel Tepper

Upscale Deli Fare Is Headed For D.C.
When I arrived last week at 2nd Avenue deli in midtown Manhattan for lunch with Nick Wiseman and Barry Koslow — the owner and chef of soon-to-open upscale DGS Delicatessen in D.C. respectively — I found my dining companions already elbow-deep in an impressive spread of traditional deli stand-bys.Read More


Shabbat Meals: Baby Boomer Meatballs

By Rachel Tepper

Shabbat Meals: Baby Boomer Meatballs
If there’s anything that reminds me of a day’s end, it’s a hot pot of tomato sauce bubbling on a stovetop. There was often one in my home on Friday nights growing up, attended to diligently by my mother, who would stir the ground veal meatballs within gently.Read More


Vegan Sweets With an Italian and Jewish Twist

By Rachel Tepper

Vegan Sweets With an Italian and Jewish Twist
Step inside Sticky Fingers Bakery in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and nothing seems amiss amongst the packed crowds and gleaming displays packed full with sweets like strawberry crème cupcakes, frosted sticky buns flecked with walnuts, and orange cranberry scones. That is, until you realize everything is vegan.Read More


Chosen Again, To Go Onstage

By Rachel Tepper

Chosen Again, To Go Onstage
‘The Chosen” is back in Washington, D.C., but this time with two Aarons presented in the round. In this new production by Theater J, director Aaron Posner refigures his 1999 co-adaptation of “The Chosen,” Chaim Potok’s 1967 novel exploring the enduring friendship of two boys from different Jewish worlds in 1940s Brooklyn. And it stars, as the narrator, Aaron Davidman, who has directed productions of “The Chosen” in his role as artistic director of the Jewish Theatre San Francisco.Read More



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