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Kosher fair fare? It sounds unlikely, but at the Minnesota State Fair, family owned area business Sweet Martha’s serves warm cookies by the bucket and ice cold milk to hungry visitors. Area chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern says the cookies are so good, he eats “about a bucket and a half a day.”
I have had many things passed down to me by my matriarchs including my grandmother’s cast iron blintzes pans, which she inherited from her mother and are well over 100 years old. On Shavuot, my daughters and my mother and I have had the honor and joy of making blintzes in these magic pans seasoned with love and memories from one generation to the next. For a brief moment I am transported back to when Nana made them. If only those pans could talk! Oh, the tales they could tell. I truly treasure these family recipes — cultural ties to our Eastern European roots. Like the brass candlesticks my great-grandmother brought from Minsk to America, these foods are small vestiges of that former life.
“Send a salami to your boy in the army.” That slogan is how Katz’s Deli kicked off its shipping business back during World War II. In more recent years, the Lower East Side house of pastrami has shipped corned beef, pickles, knishes, soup and yes, of course pastrami (both sliced and whole) to deli lovers and home sick New Yorkers who have moved to other parts of the country.