It was so nice to be asked to do a "Jewish" menu again for next fall for Oak Cafe at American River College. After blogging through Marlena Spieler's Jewish Cooking a few years ago (with lots of help from my *co-bloggers), I was asked to do a menu for them. What a blast.
If you've never been to the Oak Cafe you MUST go. All of their menus are excellent.
The food is carefully and expertly prepared by the culinary students under the guidance of Chef Teresa Urkofsky. She is a peach of a woman. A real mensch. The ingredients are top notch. The cost for a 3 course meal with beverage? $15.00 bucks. Make reservations though!
I decided to honor my grandmother and use several of her recipes that we grew up eating. Of course, we didn't know it was traditional "Jewish" fare...as it was quite the secret that her folks were Jews. My grandmother came from Romania at age two..through Canada and then down to the Dakotas. Her folks (my great-grandparents) came from Poland, through Western Russia and then onto a slow boat from Romania.
We had the holishkes, the fish fritters, the matzoh ball soup...sometimes with noodles. We had the brisket, the cholent, the challah, chopped liver, and lot's of fermented stuff. Did I mention the rugelach?
So..coming up with a menu is fun and a challenge too. I have to come up with several..so the instructor and students can choose what they want to make. No dairy with meat? I admit, I don't know all the rules as we surely were not Kosher. I learn. I learn. What else am I gonna do? I hope I don't plotz over it.
*Eileen Makishima Thornton