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Purim Cookie: Haman’s Ears

They go by many names – and many spellings – but the Jewish festival of Purim has one standout sweet treat in this cookie.

Hamantaschen are triange-shaped cookies that can be filled with a variety of ingredients such as poppy seeds, prunes, dates, apricots, or even chocolate.

They get their name from the villain of the Purim story, Haman, who convinced the king of Persian to allow the murder of all the Jewish people in his kingdom. The Jewish people were saved by Esther, the king’s wife, who was also Jewish, although the king did not know this until she bravely came forward.

Here’s a recipe from JewishRecipes.org that you might like to try.

There are so many ways to make these cookies that the possibilities for filling, folding, and displaying them are nearly endless. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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I also found a great article in the New York Times about one woman’s history with Hamantaschen, and her quest to make the “perfect” Purim cookie. You might enjoy reading it here.

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In the Lunch Room

I read this very interesting article today in the Washington Post about a project called Mix It Up, which promotes racial integration through the lunch room.  It encourages students to sit with a new crowd at lunch, which often means with people from different races or cultural backgrounds.  Although the project had mixed success, according to the article, it’s nice to know people are thinking about this.

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Vamos Comer a Puerto Rico

Fort in Old San Juan

This summer I took my son to visit Puerto Rico.  It was my first experience in a Spanish-language culture and even though it’s technically the United States, it’s got a different vibe.  

I broke my son out of the resort we were staying in on our third day on the island and took him to visit two of the castles/forts that can be found in San Juan.  

We also walked around “viejo” San Juan and looked for what I called “street food” but that just alarmed my son who thought that meant we would be eating in the middle of the busy roads.  

We did enjoy a nice meal out that included plantains, one of my favorite foods as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.  It’s always interesting to find these little food connections across cultures.

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Allez Cuisine!

KC and her son

KC and her son

I’m a mom, a writer, and a home cook who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  

Since coming back to the U.S. in 1999, I’ve gotten to speak to many schoolchildren and they ALWAYS ask, “What did you eat?”  

Now I’m trying to raise my own child with an appreciation for global culture – especially the food, always the food. 

In this blog I’m going to share ideas and information that parents can use to get their children excited about other countries.  

Feel free to post your ideas, recipes, and experiences living in another culture and how you’re sharing that with your children.

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