Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Not Your Bubbe's Recipe: Shavuot Blintzes

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Not Your Bubbe's Recipe: Shavuot Blintzes

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If you're like me and you lost the Omer-counting game, you might not be fully aware that Shavuot is coming up this weekend.

Shavuot, like most Jewish holidays, comes replete with special treats and dishes. The most well-known is the tradition of eating dairy. There are nearly infinite reasons given for this, including a seasonal abundance of milk since calves and lambs were born around this time of year, as well as the idea that the Israelites were like innocent newborns who needed milk. Others say the custom to eat dairy stems from the fact that, after receiving the laws of kashrut, the Israelites weren't able to consume the meat they had prepared earlier that day.

Yet another legend claims the Israelites waited at Sinai for so long their milk curdled and became cheese. In Sephardic communities in Greece, they have a custom of eating spanakopita-like side dishes called horotopia. The Jews of Turkey, the Balkans, Syria, and Egypt make a rich milk pudding called Sutlage or Muhallabeya. …

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