APPETIZING PLATTER — A platter filled with toppings for bagels, such as whitefish salad, smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, sliced onions, dill and capers.

BABKA — A sweet yeast cake usually filled with chocolate or cinnamon.

BIALY — Round, flat, chewy rolls with a depression in the middle that is traditionally filled with onions or poppy seeds.

CHALLAH — Rich braided egg bread made for the Sabbath or holiday meals.

GRIBENES — Chicken cracklings produced from rendering chicken fat, aka schmaltz, with caramelized onions.

HAMANTASCHEN — A triangle-shaped pastry eaten at the Jewish holiday of Purim; common fillings include prunes, cherries and poppy seeds. It’s said, among other stories, to resemble Haman’s hat; in the biblical story of Esther, the evil Haman plotted to kill all the Jews.

KNISH — Hearty, savory pastry snacks with assorted fillings, such as potatoes, onions, kasha and meat.

LATKE — Fried potato pancakes eaten at Hanukkah and served with applesauce and sour cream.

RUGELACH — Flaky crescent-shaped cookies most often filled with cinnamon, raisin and walnuts.


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