Honey Cake: stories and recipes

The best Honey Cake in my parent’s family was from my father’s side of the family; his Aunt Ann’s Honey cake. Below is the recipe from my mother’s recipe file. Of course, if you look carefully, you’ll see her comments for improving it to...

Shelter-in-place recipes

Calling all CBA Foodies… One benefit of the Corona19 is we are all cooking at home and enjoying more meals together. Have you been cooking in your kitchen lately? What recipes have you been using? Old family recipes? New ones? Let’s share our food ideas...

Preparations for Passover

Right now is the season of preparations. At the time of writing this article, we are in the midst of preparing Hamantashen for the Purim Spiels, Purim Services and, of course, the Shalach Manos. This takes bakers as well as donors of fillings and dough (all done...

Shopping for the Kosher Symbol

To me, the game of hunting for the Kosher Symbol has become a real life sport. One thing I’ve learned is how to read labels on foods. The art of label reading is an education in itself. I laugh (laugh) at the serving portions listed in that tiny print in the Nutrition...

Chanukah Sameach

It certainly feels like a lifetime passed since the High Holy Days, and Sukkot (where did Shemini Atzaret and Simchat Torah go?) We all feel like this is a changed and unsettled world since the wildfires started October 8th. All of us were affected, some more then...

Calling all honey cakes…

To add more sweetness to our celebration of the High Holy Days, once again we are requesting Honey cakes. Honey cake is one of our special traditions for Rosh Hashanah and we want to have plenty at Beth Ami for the holiday season, from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot....