May 21, 2024


Food never sleeps.


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Previous Sunday, longtime Keys Jewish Community Centre associates Susan Gordon and Erica Lieberman Garrett attended an organizational conference for the synagogue. On the other hand, with the successful assembly clocking in at 3 several hours and ending just in time for lunch, the pals had been hungry. Or to be wholly genuine: They were being starving. And they drooled when conversing about the Jewish convenience food in their “Recipes from the Rock” cookbook.

“My brisket,” Gordon mentioned with a moan. “I’m salivating for my beef brisket. I discovered the recipe from my Bubbe.” (Bubbe is the Yiddish word for grandmother.)

“Oy, are we chatting about dessert?” Garrett claimed. “Linda Perloff’s cheesecake. Shout-out to Linda Perloff.”

They spontaneously burst into a rendition of “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Hungry but? We are as well. And that beef brisket recipe is on webpage 42 of the cookbook.

The pals say that their Jewish convenience foodstuff is “yummy and tasty,” the form that you and your household tuck into with no regret through the holidays. For example, rooster soup with matzo balls, lovingly ready and gently simmered for two to a few days. Tangy beef borscht with a generous encouraging of boiled potatoes. Crunchy caramel matzo cookies. And really do not forget about: Make at the very least six to eight appetizers for your visitors when organizing holiday break foods. It is only proper, after all.

Lucky for us, all recipes are in the KJCC Cookbook “Recipes from the Rock,” just in time for Passover this weekend. (Appear down underneath for how to order the cookbook.)

All through the depths of the pandemic, the KJCC Sisterhood identified by themselves at wit’s end. With no way to meet in individual for their common regular team foods, the females resolved to make the cookbook together. Primarily based in Tavernier, they are the only synagogue between Homestead and Crucial West. And the sisterhood craved community. The cookbook was a labor of appreciate made to keep them engaged when the environment shut down. A lot of recipes incorporated in this cookbook are from their Shabbat and getaway dinners. 

“When we sit down with each other it feels like home,” claimed Garrett. “In the Keys we do not have our fast loved ones. Quite a few in our Sisterhood have grow to be widows, and we’re in this article for every other. We’re a quite close knit group. We encourage ladies to arrive.”

“It’s a accurate sisterhood,” additional Gordon.

A specific part in their cookbook is devoted to Passover, the vacation honoring God and celebrating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. 

“And this yr, Passover has a special this means,” mentioned Gordon. “We sense for the disappointment of the people today in the Ukraine. We have a ton of family members ancestors initially from Poland and Russia. Far more than at any time, we are thinking of peace.”

“But the standard dinners all through the calendar year are significant for us since we have no access to Jewish food items in most of the Keys – no takeout,” claimed Garrett. “And all who are hungry are welcome to occur and consume at our dinners.”

In the meantime, this weekend, we’ll be cooking the hen with matzo ball soup. B’tayavon (fantastic appetite), absolutely everyone.

For extra info about joining KJCC or its sisterhood, go to To get the “Recipes from the Rock” KJCC Sisterhood’s cookbook, contact Garrett at 305-853-1003.


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