You guys rock!! Seriously! The comments you left on my most recent contest blog left me totally verklempt. I had no idea how much your words would touch my heart. I had expected people to say that they read my blog for the recipes, or the food history, or the perspective on Jewish culture. I didn’t realize how many of you connect with the blog on an emotional level. You can’t imagine how happy it makes me, and how energized I am to continue sharing with you all. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart… todah rabah!
So, without further ado, here are the winners!! Drumroll, please…
Pylones Cheese Grater
Winner: Catherine Marks!
Catherine’s Comment (an excerpt): My favorite Jewish food is (in my opinion the ultimate Jewish comfort food) chicken soup and matzah balls… I love the Shiksa blog for it’s new twists on old Jewish recipes. I love to cook but get tired of making the same thing. I get so excited when you come out with some new, eclectic version of an old classic. I am also in an interfaith marriage (I’m Jewish and my Hubby was raised Catholic) We got to shul and people just love him It’s never been the Jew/Catholic thing for us… It’s been the Northern/Southern thing for us! (I’m from Boston, he’s from Richmond). My husband hated gefilte fish so I started experimenting on ways to get him to eat it. Two words…..Barbecue sauce. I bake a loaf of gefilte fish slathered in barbeque sauce and he loves it. I actually deep fried it once as well. LOL. Todah for your all your hard work.
Martha Stewart Melamine Mixing Bowls
Winner: Elaine Louviere!
Elaine’s Comment (an excerpt): I am a native New Yorker, and a Jewish one at that!… I read, enjoy, and I am drawn to you and your blog because you are the epitome of Jewishness (if that is a word, but I know you understand what I’m saying). You bring out in me my roots and the memories of family, friends, and love. I can ‘feel’ it all through your writing and how you’ve put yourself into so many lovely recipes. The presentation on your beautiful dishes always completes the picture for me…
…At this very moment, I’d have to say my favorite Jewish food is totally homemade blintzes; either Cheese made with farmer’s cheese or Potato made with fried onions and, of course, schmaltz (chicken fat…..so unhealthy, but sooo good)! Yum….I can taste those blintzes now!
…One of my many favorite memories when I was living with my Mother and Grandparents because my Dad was in the Navy, and overseas… I was 5 or 6 yrs. old and my Bubbe Ida was lovingly preparing the shells for her homemade blintzes. Almost as fast as she could turn them out of her frying pan onto a neatly laid out white dish towel, I would run into the kitchen, grab one, and quickly run out the door laughing hysterically because I ‘won.’ In her broken English, but mostly Yiddish, Bubbe would yell at me, kiddingly, with that smile in her voice. Those memories are brought to mind many times as I enjoy your blog.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Winner: Carol Esther!
Carol’s Comment: Hi Tori, My favorite Jewish food is challah bread. Plain, raisin, pumpkin. I LOVE it and I learned to make it by using your blog. So I LOVE your blog, not only for the great recipes and instructions you provide, but also because I too am a Shiksa. You have helped me learn and fit into the world of Judaism, and I will be forever grateful for your own personal story and how it has affected me personally, in a wonderful positive way! You’ve made me proud to call myself a Shiksa. Thank you.
Congratulations and Mazel Tov to all of our winners!