In a Nutshell:
Sushi Hamantasch Bar
My friend Leah S. brought this for our Purim Suedah last year, and it was a huge hit. shape nori sheets into a hamantasch shape, leaving the center cavity wide and easily accessible. Prepare sushi rice and all sushi components, each in its own separate bowl. Each person can fill their hamantaschen as desired!
FT, help me!!
What makes a wine expensive? Why would I spend $50–60 rather than $10.99?
Inexpensive wines like those that cost $10.99 are relatively simple wines that are meant to be drunk soon after release. They should ideally be consumed within a year or two of the vintage (the year the grapes were harvested) that is printed on the label. Typically, such wines are not aged in oak barrels and are not as rich and flavorful as their more expensive counterparts.
A bottle of wine that costs $50 or $60 (or more) is usually made from hand-selected and harvested grapes. After fermentation, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 12 to 24 months. The selection, the scale of production, and the cost of production (oak barrels are very expensive) all play a role in the final cost of the wine.
PR Director of Royal Wine Corporation
For all your Purim seudah needs, one convenient set of triangles from Amazon.com! Try it and thank me later!
—M.H., Monsey, NY
How can I have my Purim seudah ready on time without it taking over my entire day?
The best way to do this is to invite people who will bring one or two things each, so it’s not all on you (and also be willing to accept help when they ask you what to bring. Save the “Just yourselves!” for a regular Shabbos).
The second best way is to prep foods that are semi-
homemade and/or can be made in advance. Estee Kafra once posted the best and easiest chicken recipe that I highly recommend — mix barbecue sauce and her Pure Food Red Wine Sauce in equal parts. Pour over boneless, skinless chicken thighs (pargiyot) and bake uncovered. Delicious.
Favorite hamantaschen flavor —poppy or jam??
I’ll change that question: Jam vs. anything else. The winner is always, always jam. Because jam + sugar cookie combo is always delicious, and in my book it’s sacred, and saved for Purim. Thank you, leap year, for allowing us an extra 30 days to indulge in this treat.
(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 784)
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