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Food Truck Serves Up Shakshuka — and Middle East Peace?

The Shuka Team (the three 20-something Israeli pals in baseball caps) says that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (center foreground) just experienced his first taste of shakshuka — and loved every bite.

“The Shuka Truck will bring the PEACE to the middle EAST,” according to a Facebook post from the Shuka Team, three Israeli friends who rolled out their food truck in New York City on December 1, 2014.

Elegy for Chopped Liver

This is an elegy for chopped liver, a common appetizer with a distinguished pedigree. Its origins have been traced to 11th-century Alsace-Lorraine, where it was foie gras, made from the livers and fat of force-fed geese, plus a dash of Armagnac or Madeira, to add moisture as well as flavor, and salt. In France to this day, foie gras is officially a part of the “protected cultural and gastronomical heritage” of the nation.

Chopped Liver, The Taste Test

The Evaluations

Archetypal Ashkenazi Chopped Liver

You’ve read the chopped liver elegy and cringed over the results of the taste test. Isn’t it time you made your own? Here’s how.

My Go-To Hungarian Roast Chicken — With a Side of Memories

I had a beautiful Hungarian grandmother, born Erzsébet Weisz and redubbed Elizabeth Weiss when she and her parents and brother and sister moved to New York from Miskolcz in the 1920s. I called her Nana and she called me darling. (It sounded like dahhrrlink, as if spoken by a brainiac Zsa Zsa Gabor.) Nana said her Ws like Vs and her Vs like Ws, so as she told it, proudly, I vent to Wassar. She had gone to another of the seven sisters, Barnard, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1926, a brand new immigrant who had enrolled only two years earlier, no less. She went on to get a Master’s at Columbia; then taught at Hunter College and later — after being denied tenure for marrying my grandfather — at Horace Mann. She spoke five languages, had perfect skin, and made splendid baby lamb chops and a mean chicken-in-the-pot.

Share the Bounty

Share the Bounty