That’s not as clear. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. pound farfalle (bow-tie) or other noodles. Preheat your oven to 400F/200C, and lay out the groats flat on a cookie sheet or a big pan. “Jason, Estelle and I were given the name Costanza, which sounds Italian, but there were episodes where I cooked Jewish food and ate knishes and kasha varnishkes in bed. Don’t be surprised if the jaundiced eyes of 2021 view “Seinfeld” through a screen of nostalgia. But kasha varnishkes — kasha, noodles (typically bow ties), loads of slow-cooked onions and fat — is an amazing dish, one I used to beg my grandmother and mother to make for me, one that shows kasha in a light that does not shine on it elsewhere, at least in my repertory. Amid such shpilkes, the Jews behind “Seinfeld” masked the Jewishness of the show’s characters. “Most of our customers not only know what kasha varnishkes is, but for them, it’s their comfort food,” says Niki Russ Federman, a co-owner. When the mushrooms are soft and the onions very soft, remove from the heat. ( Log Out / To put it in perspective, 76 million viewers tuned in for the sitcom’s 1998 series finale — that’s nearly four times the number who watched the last episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” earlier this year. No matter how Jewish Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) seemed, “Seinfeld” viewers learned that she was, in fact, a magnet for Jewish men due to her “, “It was never really clear if the Costanzas were Jewish or Italian or what they were,” Stiller . In the meantime, bring four cups of water to a boil. Abe Foxman remains an optimist. Today, kasha varnishkes is almost always made with this pasta. Telephone: *2421 * Extension 4 Jerusalem Post or 03-7619056 Fax: 03-5613699E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Remove from the oven. Above all, “Seinfeld” is a product of a more innocent time. →. Kasha varnishkes is a satisfying side dish that deserves a turn front and center. Change ). Add the mushrooms, vinegar, salt, and pepper to the onion-garlic mixture. Now, 30 years after the debut of “Seinfeld,” Netflix is betting big on the timeless appeal of the TV show that yada, yada, yada’d its way into America’s hearts, “Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Netflix’s chief content officer said in a statement. Sometimes used in hot cereals or kosher specialties - like kasha varnishkes. Set aside. It’s a meal on its own, but a slab of brisket and/or roasted carrots are great accompaniments. “Jason, Estelle and I were given the name Costanza, which sounds Italian, but there were episodes where I cooked Jewish food and ate knishes and kasha varnishkes in bed. General Council; General Advisory Council; Executive Committee; Membership; Program. 1 min read, 1) Nickname for Mr. Mel Torme 2) Kramer's mental state after being kicked in the casaba by Joe Divola. The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. Above all, “Seinfeld” is a product of a more innocent time. The show was the most popular sitcom of the 1990s. I mix the pasta and mushrooms first, then the buckwheat. There are some Ashkenazi Jewish dishes that I can easily explain to people who are not familiar with that style of cooking. If you give it a chance, you’ll be rewarded with a dish that sets the goalpost for ideal toothsomeness. While Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) was pretty clearly established as Jewish, George was kept more ambiguous, and thanks to his last time it was implied that he was Italian-American, at least on his father’s side. “Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Netflix’s chief content officer said in a statement. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc/Getty Images). 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When people asked me about this, I would simply say it was because we were a Jewish family in the Witness Protection Program.”. Kasha with mushrooms is another Jewish recipe with a long history – it was a particular favorite in pre-war Lithuania. One aspect of the “Seinfeld” story that seems like a relic from a distant past is NBC’s initial concern that the show was “too New York, too Jewish” to be a hit, as the network’s entertainment president, Brandon Tartikoff (a New York Jew himself), memorably worried. The plant – grain-like, but botanically not a grass like wheat – was well-adapted to the climate of northeastern Europe, and quickly became a mainstay of the local diet. 3 Apr 2010 – True, the “Seinfeld” characters were themselves selfish miscreants, but they were so endearing that audience members tended to forget that they were kind of awful people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. “Seinfeld,” though, was a different animal than any of these. Put onions in a large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Java World. Nathan says that packaged flat egg noodles (lokshen in Yiddish) may have been pricey for home cooks, so squares of dough pinched in the middle were an affordable substitute. But none have caused quite as many perplexed looks as kasha varnishkes – roasted buckwheat groats with noodles. buying its exclusive streaming rights starting in 2021, Days before election, Jewish cemetery in Michigan vandalized with ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA’ graffiti, After 4 killed in Vienna shooting near area with multiple synagogues, Jews warned to stay home, The Orthodox and the unorthodox appeal to Trump: Pardon Ari Teman. Kasha, toasted hulled buckwheat, is not what you would call versatile. Seinfeld Glossary Kasha. BONUS: For another great variation on kasha varnishkes, check out The Gefilte Manifesto‘s version with crisp Brussels sprouts! Famed American comedian Jerry Seinfeld returns to Israel to perform two shows in one night in Tel Aviv, A lot happened in 1989. It’s only in Jewish cuisine that it refers specifically to buckwheat. And yes, Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld all performed there.) In a separate, medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil, stir in the kasha and about a teaspoon of salt. Mix the components together: pasta, buckwheat, and the mushroom mixture. It’s likely a Yiddish adaptation of the Ukrainian word “varenichki,” which means “stuffed.” Cookbook author and Jewish culinary historian Joan Nathan says her research led her to a Yiddish cookbook from the Wolff Brothers buckwheat milling company from 1925. Buttery rye breadcrumbs atop the baked casserole would be delicious if you’re looking to add a third carb. Fax: 972-3-561-3699 Subscribe now for full access. Sometimes used in hot cereals or kosher specialties - like kasha varnishkes. Goose fat, especially, gives the whole dish a delightfully wild, gamy flavor. But for those who want to dive a little deeper into this historically rich style of cooking, the roasty, starchy kasha varnishkes awaits. While it’s generally served as an appetizer or a side dish, it’s totally satisfying as a meal unto itself. Besides, fluffing with a fork is a very easy way to fix this problem. Alone this dish is a delicious meal – especially with an egg – but it also makes a wonderful side dish. Traditionally, chicken or goose fat is used, which is both rich—and historically rich. “‘Seinfeld’ is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Netflix’s chief content officer said in a statement. They should be evenly distributed. It is a digital cookbook and cooking guide alike, available on all platforms, that helps home cooks of every level discover, save and organize the world’s best recipes, while also helping them become better, more competent cooks. Kashe varnishkes (sometimes Americanized as kasha varnishkas) is a traditional dish of the American-Jewish Ashkenazi community. True, the “Seinfeld” characters were themselves selfish miscreants, but they were so endearing that audience members tended to forget that they were kind of awful people. © 2020 jewish telegraphic agency all rights reserved. Mushrooms, onions, and garlic – Ashkenazi goodness.