At 9 a.m. on a summer Sunday, two dozen parents and children gathered in a grassy area. Around them stretched Pearlstone Center’s farm, lush with green plants, a rainbow of flowers and a golden patch of wheat.
Adapted from a Pearlstone Center recipe. This recipe leaves measurements up for interpretation, which makes it great for experimentation with kids. If you prefer measurements, use a ratio of 2 cups flour to ¾ cups water and add other ingredients to taste. For more specifics, try this recipe (for a no-yeast option) or this one (yeasted).
During a dinner conversation a year or two ago, my dad briefly alluded to a “gross” lard-like product his mother used for frying. I had forgotten the name of it until a recent walk-through of “Nourishing Tradition: Jewish Cookbooks & The Stories They Tell” at the Center for Jewish History, where a pamphlet published by Proctor & Gamble triggered the memory.
This is an adaptation of my mom’s recipe, which she shared with me long ago, before Greek yogurt was a thing. It’s a perfect dish for the dog days of summer.
As someone who lacks all athletic talent, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I have little to no interest in watching the Olympics. I always feel badly about myself when watching these super-fit gymnasts jump 10 feet into the air while I give myself a pat on the back just for getting up and walking to the fridge.