Kasha, or buckwheat groats, has a history in Central and Eastern Europe going back about 1000 years. It has been used as a cereal or porridge but also blends well with other ingredients. In the Ashkenazi- Jewish tradition, Kasha is combined with cooked pasta, in particular bow tie noodles, to create a dish known as Kasha Varnishkes. The word “Varnishkes” is a Yiddish corruption of the Russian word “Varenichki” or small stuffed dumpling. Eastern European Jews brought this dish to America and it became widely popular in the American Jewish community. Kasha Varnishkes combines kasha, bow tie pasta, broth (usually chicken broth) and fried onions. Jews traditionally fried the onions in chicken fat or schmaltz, creating the distinctive Jewish flavor. Kasha Varnishkes may be eaten alone or with sour cream as a dairy dish. For the winter months, Kasha Varnishkes can be served as a perfect side dish with meat and gravy – a real comfort food for Jews.
Welcome! It is our hope that congregants will use this page to both submit and make recipes that are part of our Jewish experience, family history or prepared during holidays and life cycle events throughout the year.
Jewish cooking has simmered in every corner of the world since the Diaspora many centuries ago. Congregant-submitted recipes will likely represent the cultural diversity in our community and can be a common bond among members of Central Synagogue, as well as the community beyond our own Synagogue “walls”.
We anticipate the Food for the Soul initiative will enhance:
We welcome our congregants to submit recipes (yes, even more than one!) to this webpage by accessing and completing the Recipe Submission Form (on this website). We will be featuring one recipe at a time but all recipes will be archived and remain available to you on the webpage.
We encourage you to submit favorite family recipes, especially those you cherish making for Jewish holidays, life cycle events or those that bring back fond memories of growing up in a Jewish home.
The recipes will not be “tested” in our kitchen so please be as accurate as possible when submitting them. It is also our understanding that submitted recipes are original or otherwise in the public domain.
Central Synagogue cannot be responsible for any adverse events as a result of making or eating these foods. Please avoid eating any ingredients that might cause known allergic reactions.
So, let’s begin!!
Man does not live by bread alone.”
Welcome to our Food for the Soul webpage. It is our hope that congregrants will enjoy submitting and making recipes that are part of our Jewish experience, family history or prepared during holidays and life cycle events throughout the year.