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Interfaithfamily.com has a great cheat sheet on Jewish foods. with an extensive list of items.
Here are three of the dishes that will be served up at this event that Interfaithfamily.com gives a good guide on:
What’s that mean? It means grandmother in Polish, probably because the Polish version of the cake looks like a tall hat that someone associated with their grandmother.
What's in it? The Jewish version is a yeasted cake with chocolate or cinnamon-sugar filling swirled through it.
What's it like? It's a very sweet cake with a bread-like crumb.
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What's that mean? Matzah ball is the English for knaidel, a round dumpling made of ground matzah (matzah meal).
What's in it? Most recipes call for matzah meal, egg and salt. Depending on the family tradition, they can also contain schmaltz, seltzer or broth.
What's it like? Some people prefer light, fluffy matzah balls that float in the soup. Others like substantial matzah balls that sink. Some prefer them with flavorings like ginger or dill, and others just want the flavor of the soup.
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What's that mean? Rugelach are cookies. The name comes from Yiddish diminutive of a Hebrew word, roglit, meaning vine. The "ch" at the end is like the one in Loch Ness.
What's in it? Rugelach are rolled up pastry dough with jam, raisins, chocolate and/or nuts rolled into them. Unless they are marked pareve, the dough is made with cream cheese or cottage cheese.
What's it like? The pastry is flaky and the fillings are sweet, and there's a nice contrast between the richness of the pastry and the fillings.
HOW TO GO
What: Café Chabad presents Kosher Deli Night
Where: 2001 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood
When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12
Cost: $30 per person
More info: RSVP at www.ChabadDayton.com/RSVP or 937-643-0770 x1