Bubbie’s Kitchen is an innovative cooking program for children and their families where the food, stories, and culture of the Jewish people come to life. Traditionally, older generations have transmitted a cultural narrative to younger ones, however today children are less likely to live with, or near, extended relatives. The program replicates a Jewish grandmother's kitchen where language, recipes, music, stories, and activities can be preserved and passed on to the next generation.

As the Jews traveled around the changing world, their food has become unique to those continents and countries. Each week children in our afterschool program can visit a new country that is significant to the Jewish people and learn of their cuisines and traditions. Places like Morocco, Germany, the Dominican Republic, and India all come alive through their foods.

Bubbie's Kitchen is generously funded by The Covenant Foundation.

Recipes

Try some of Bubbie's favorite recipes in your own kitchen!

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1-2 lemons, remove seeds and juiced
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tsp cumin (optional)

Preparation

  • Mix all ingredients well. Refrigerate for optimal flavor and serve.

 

Challah

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ packages active dry yeast (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, more for greasing bowl
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 to 8 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Poppy or sesame seeds for sprinkling

Preparation

  • Step 1: In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water.
  • Step 2: Whisk oil into yeast, then beat in 4 eggs, one at a time, with remaining sugar and salt. Gradually add flour. When dough holds together, it is ready for kneading. (You can also use a mixer with a dough hook for both mixing and kneading.)
  • Step 3: Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Clean out bowl and grease it, then return dough to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until almost doubled in size. Dough may also rise in an oven that has been warmed to 150 degrees then turned off. Punch down dough, cover and let rise again in a warm place for another half-hour.
  • Step 4: To make a 6-braid challah, either straight or circular, take half the dough and form it into 6 balls. With your hands, roll each ball into a strand about 12 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Place the 6 in a row, parallel to one another. Pinch the tops of the strands together. Move the outside right strand over 2 strands. Then take the second strand from the left and move it to the far right. Take the outside left strand and move it over 2. Move second strand from the right over to the far left. Start over with what is now the outside right strand. Continue this until all strands are braided. For a straight loaf, tuck ends underneath. For a circular loaf, twist into a circle, pinching ends together. Make a second loaf the same way. Place braided loaves on a greased cookie sheet with at least 2 inches in between.
  • Step 5: Beat remaining egg and brush it on loaves. Either freeze breads or let rise another hour in refrigerator if preferred.
  • Step 6: To bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees and brush loaves again. (If freezing, remove from freezer 5 hours before baking.) Then dip your index finger in the egg wash, then into poppy or sesame seeds and then onto a mound of bread. Continue until bread is decorated with seeds.
  • Step 7: Bake in middle of oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden. Cool loaves on a rack.

Recipe by Joan Nathan

Past Events

Community Trip to Eden Village!! Sunday, October 9 SOLD OUT! 
From sour to sweet: Celebrate the Jewish New Year by learning about honey bees and tasting different honeys. We will also be making pickels. The registration form is available here.

Sukkot Family Celebration - Sunday, October 16
We warmly invite your family to our rooftop sukkah to celebrate Sukkot. During the culinary portion you'll make your own edible sukkah; the art project, fittingly, will be sukkah decorating! Learn more here.