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Ruth Stroud
Ruth Stroud's newsletter about food, recipes, and Jewish family history. Ruth is a blogger and Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal and Orange County Register alum.
Created 01 Apr 2019
  • Escape to Zion
    02 May 2021 • 5 min read
    In Zion, just point your camera up at sunset to capture a bit of magic. The yen to travel only seems to grow more intense when you feel you can’t or shouldn’t. Finally, after months of dreaming about ...
  • A Classic Cookie
    19 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 3 8
    After recent excursions to two local delis, I couldn’t get a particular cookie out of my mind. It was a large crumbly nutty cookie with a generous blob of chocolate frosting in the middle. My husband ...
  • Deli-cious!
    11 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 5 12
    “Let’s go to Canter’s.” It was afternoon on the last day of Passover and my husband Jeff wanted to add some footage to his upcoming video about L.A. Jewish delis. I’d eaten enough matzo for one holida...
  • Ahh, Matzo!
    01 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 6 2
    Passover matzo looks a bit like a giant Saltine cracker, but tastes nothing like it. One reason is the most basic varieties don’t contain any salt. As the 8-day holiday of Passover enters its final st...
  • Passover Tales Then and Now
    27 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 7 11
    An Illustration by Arie Allweil from one of my father’s prized Haggadahs, printed in Israel in 1956. “In every generation, we should view ourselves as if we had been liberated from Egypt.” (From the P...
  • The Best Bagel in L.A.!*
    22 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 3 4
    A slightly burned sesame bagel from Courage Bagels in Silver Lake had us fighting over the seeds! (Photo by Jefferson Graham) A recent New York Times article had everyone I know buzzing about bagels. ...
  • Scones and My Quest for Irish Roots
    17 Mar 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Scones with strawberry jam and faux clotted cream (actually labneh). Scones! My Glaswegian mother pronounced them “scawns,” though I more often hear the word as “scoans.” As you may know from reading ...
  • My Favorite Rye Bread
    13 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 8 5
    My most recent loaf of rye from a King Arthur Baking recipe. It emerged with a large crack on one side, but that didn’t affect the flavor, which deliciously is sour. If there’s one food I could never ...
  • Am I My Mother?
    27 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 9 8
    My chic mother before marriage, children and kitchen duties. As a teenager, I swore when I grew up, I would be nothing like my mother. It seemed to me her entire life revolved around the kitchen and f...
  • Hamantasch: The Purim Cookie
    07 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 5 4
    Hamantaschen of many varieties on a treasured piece of German china passed down through at least three generations of my family. It traveled from Karlsruhe to Berkeley to LA, survived a fall, a crack—...
  • In Praise of Soup--and Beans
    26 Jan 2021 • 4 min read • 6 3
    Dinner chez moi: Soup with beans, sausage and vegetables, served with toasted homemade bread It’s finally soup weather in Los Angeles—rain is in the forecast and temperatures have dipped into what pas...
  • Chicken, Bean & Kale Soup
    25 Jan 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    Chicken, Bean & Kale Soup* (8 to 10 servings) Ingredients: 3 quarts (12 cups) homemade** or store-bought chicken broth 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 3 to 4 carrots, peeled and dice...
  • Dream Escape, but Ditch the Kitchen!
    11 Jan 2021 • 3 min read • 11 6
    Jeff’s favorite lunch from Sherman’s Deli & Bakery in Palm Springs It seemed like a good idea at the time—a rented Airbnb in sunny Palm Springs with a hot tub and a fully equipped kitchen. My husband ...
  • But the Food Was Good: A Look Back at 2020
    01 Jan 2021 • 3 min read • 8 8
    Happy New Year! We’re entering 2021 with a hope and a prayer that it will be better than the terrible year that just passed. Could it possibly be worse? (Okay, let’s not tempt fate!) In his Washington...
  • Comfort Cookies for Christmas
    22 Dec 2020 • 6 min read • 3 1
    Barbara Scott’s chocolate chip cookies. She makes them year round, not just for Christmas. They’re shown on a plate made by her husband John, an accomplished potter. (Photo by John Scott) “No one make...
  • My Favorite Hanukkah Cookie
    15 Dec 2020 • 7 min read • 9 10
    Cookies sprinkled with blue sugar and almond macaroons with nut or cherry centers—those are the Hanukkah cookies I remember from childhood. But in recent years, rugelach have become the stars of my ho...
  • Latke Love
    06 Dec 2020 • 6 min read • 9 2
    Hanukkah arrives this year on Thursday, December 10, at sundown. If this was a “normal” year, I’d be planning my annual Hanukkah party for 20 to 30 close family and friends. But nothing’s normal. We’r...
  • Being Thankful
    25 Nov 2020 • 5 min read • 6 0
    An iconic painting by Norman Rockwell, Freedom From Want (1942), also known as “The Thanksgiving Picture” and “I”ll be Home for Christmas,” inspired by FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address on The Fou...
  • A Visit to the Flour King
    18 Nov 2020 • 6 min read • 3 2
    Roe Sie surrounded by the many flours and grains he sells at his store in Silver Lake. (photo by Trish Sie) Did you know that many of the commercial breads we buy are essentially “indigestible gluten ...
  • Celebrating Día de los Muertos
    31 Oct 2020 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Carlos and Rosa De Alba in front of the Day of the Dead altar in their restaurant, Tomatillo Mexican Grill. (Most photos by Jefferson Graham) On a drive one Sunday to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Sou...
  • Nagisa's Kitchen
    16 Oct 2020 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Nagisa with a pizza she served when we visited in 2018. It was made with a gluten-free crust and was vegan—except for the tiny pieces of ham on top! Almost exactly a year ago I was sitting at a table ...
  • The Other Ginsburg
    27 Sep 2020 • 2 min read • 4 0
    Like so many others, I’ve been riveted by the coverage of Ruth Bader Ginsburg over the past several days since her death on Sept. 18. “She was our prophet, our North Star,” Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt sai...
  • Apples & Honey (Cake)
    15 Sep 2020 • 4 min read • 7 6
    On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins Friday evening, Sept. 18, it’s traditional to wish family and friends shanah tovah um'tukah—“a good and sweet year.” As with so many Jewish holidays...
  • Cornbread and Roses
    23 Aug 2020 • 3 min read • 4 0
    It’s summer and the living is anything but easy. Fires are raging all over California. Political temperatures, already sky high, are shooting into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic se...

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