What Foods Are Dairy
- Milk – includes all types of milk and cream
- Cheese – including hard and soft cheeses, cottage cheese and cream cheese.
- Butter – not margarine, which is a vegetable product
- Sour Cream
- Ice Cream, Ice Milk, Frozen Yogurt, Sherbet – sorbet is OK, it is made with water not dairy
- Kosher: food that is acceptable to eat according to Jewish Dietary Law.
- Pareve: the dish is neither meat nor dairy and, therefore, can be served at any meal.
- Meat vs. Dairy: rule of thumb is that no meat or poultry can be served with dairy. Fish, eggs, grains, vegetables and fruit all can be part of a dairy or meat table.
- Trayf (or traif): Yiddish* for “not Kosher”. Pork, seafood, certain birds (like crows), fish that do not have both fins and scales, and rodents are all “trayf”. They are never part of a Kosher recipe or to be eaten in the diet of a Jewish person. Never!
What is Yiddish?
Resource: The Yiddish Handbook
What goes on a Hanukkah dairy table? Some families include bagels with cream cheese and lox, challah bread and butter, tuna salad and egg salad for the festivities but know that the latkes are definitely the main-fare. How much to make? Ten pounds of potatoes will make latkes enough for a very hungry party of 10-15 people.
Breakfast / Brunch Entrees
Guide to Jewish Holidays
Purim is a fun celebration where the story of Esther from the Bible is told. Her courageous stand against tyranny and God’s rescue of the Jewish people is reenacted in children’s plays or told in story form. The villain, the evil Haman, wore a three-cornered hat. A fruit-filled triangular pastry, called a Hamantaschen, was created with his hat in mind and is eaten during Purim. If you’ve never had one, look for Purim on the calendar next March and go to a Jewish bakery and buy one. They are delicious!
Learn more about Passover: The amazing account of over 400 years of Egyptian bondage and God’s miraculous deliverance of the Jewish people from Pharaoh’s hands–including 10 horrific plagues and the spectacular parting of the Red Sea–can be found in the Bible in the book of Exodus.
On film? Two of the greatest family movies about Passover are: