I don’t like beer very much, but I did pick up a six-pack last week. Okay, so it wasn’t an actual six-pack of beer — it was a “six-pack” of small paintings of different beers. The beers, 99 of them, were on view at Gitler &____, the art gallery in my old neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, owned by my friend Avi Gitler. The paintings were part of an exhibit called “99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall,” and were being sold individually or as “six-packs,” which went for a discounted rate. The artist who made these paintings is Tom Sanford, my friend and former next-door neighbor.
Definition of “birthright” (courtesy Merriam-Webster dictionary): a right that you have because you were born into a particular position, family, place, etc.
Unless you live in Israel, you’ve probably never heard of Tu B’Av, but it’s one of the happiest of Jewish holidays. In fact, Tu B’Av is the “love holiday” (sort of like American Valentine’s Day), which makes it a perfect day to get married!
This is the third column in a series I’m writing exclusively for the Forward. My goal, as always, is to share exactly how I cook. My most popular cookbook, “Quick & Kosher Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing” (now in its 7th printing), features glimpses into the story that is my life and my penchant for feeding my family, fast. Almost a decade later, my style hasn’t changed. My life has only gotten busier, my cooking faster and my ingredients fewer.