Each new exploration and every new contact in my Kosher Like Me sphere enriches my own perspective as a proud Jew
Liz Rueven, Westport, CT
Food Blogger and Chief Nosher at www.kosherlikeme.com
How did you come to do what you do?
When I explore stories in the Jewish food world I get a kind of buzz of discovery, much like I did when I studied art history and discovered some hidden detail in a painting. Uncovering stories about food entrepreneurs, chefs, the background of a recipe or why we eat certain foods during holidays, really gets my engine going!
Because I keep kosher by eating only vegetarian and fish when I'm away from my own kitchen, I began to examine menus and chefs’ attitudes more closely before choosing where to eat. When friends started asking me for recommendations, I realized that there are lots of like-minded eaters who are looking for similar restaurant experiences.
So the blog really started out as a way to highlight restaurants that meet my criteria for
vegetarian-friendly menus. But Kosher Like Me has blossomed into a platform for different kinds of information and inspiration. Now I share my experiences ranging from what I cook in my seasonal kitchen to how to navigate farm dinners. I share cookbook reviews, explore new food products and trends, and share timely information about foodie events that I consider not-to- be-missed.
What is your favorite Jewish holiday or tradition?
I love Pesach for the universal reminders about how we should value freedom and examine its relevance and importance each year. I also appreciate the deeply rooted food traditions and restrictions, many of which I learned more about when I co-authored a Pesach e-book with three other food bloggers from very different backgrounds.
What is your favorite food that you associate with Judaism?
I’m a sucker for a traditional dairy noodle kugel but only with full fat dairy, please!
What is your earliest memory of being Jewish?
My earliest memory is of dressing up like Queen Esther at about age 4. I was very proud to bear her namesake (my Hebrew name and that of my paternal grandmother). The rabbis at our wedding had a real ball when they married this Esther to Mordechai (my husband’s given name, although he’s always used a nickname).
How do you incorporate Judaism into your daily life?
Keeping kosher full time is a fairly recent commitment which my husband and I decided to embrace together. Making Kosher Like Me choices prompts me to consider what to eat with greater awareness.
In the past couple of years, as my blog grew, I decided to avoid using social media on Shabbat. I highly recommend it to all who feel too plugged in. Taking 24 hours off each week is a great way to restore.
My work in the Jewish food world has led me to meet a wider swath of friends than I ever
expected. Among them are farmers, chefs, food entrepreneurs, influencers and thought leaders, editors, photographers, writers, vintners, students and small business owners.
Each new exploration and every new contact in my Kosher Like Me sphere enriches my own perspective as a proud Jew.
If you didn’t know that this savory, vegetarian galette is symbolic you’d think it was just another tasty baking project with seemingly unrelated ingredients.
But you’d be wrong.
Liz has kindly shared with us her seasonally inspired recipe for this jammy galette with goat cheese, silan (date honey) and olives.