Hey, meat eaters! Is there a vegan in your life who’s got you muddled as you attempt to plan a holiday barbecue? Someone, perhaps, who preaches about tikkun olam and compassion for animals? You love them, but maybe not enough to give up your juicy, oil-dripping-from-your-mouth hamburger. And that’s okay — because you can have your vegan friend and eat your burger too.
One sure sign of spring in my Brooklyn neighborhood is the first sighting of the Mr. Softee truck. A hundred years ago, Jewish residents of the Lower East Side knew it was spring by the appearance of sorrel, or schav in Yiddish, on the neighborhood pushcarts. While the pushcarts are gone, nowadays you can find sorrel at city greenmarkets.