What do Judas Iscariot and hot and sour soup have in common?
The Book of Ruth is read on Shavuot because, like the holiday, it takes place during the wheat harvest (first barley, then wheat) and because its heroine, Ruth, also accepts the Torah, Shavuot’s historical theme.
For Shavuot (or any dairy meal), a dessert that gets its pleasantly tangy taste from sour cream. Here’s the recipe: Russian Sour Cream Coffee Cake
At Shavout, the author celebrates the break from pareve baking with dairy desserts like this cake, which gets its tang from sour cream. Read her story: Putting the Dairy Back in Dessert.
This is an occasional column in which the writer evaluates a cookbook by making some of its recipes, sharing the dishes with friends and asking her guests what they think of the results. For Shavuot, she cooked her way through “Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at How to Make, Bake, Sip, and Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food” by food blogger Cheryl Sternman Rule.