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Cooking Class: Learn to Make Matzoh Balls!

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016

Cooking PotsIf you ever yearned for a PhD in knaidlach (matzoh balls), your opportunity has arrived.  The second meeting of the Beth Shalom Cooking Club will be held on Monday evening, January 18th at 6 PM at Franke Wilmer’s home (instructions below) with the intent of answering the centuries-old question asked in every Jewish kitchen from Prague to Pasadena: “Which knaidlach are better…sinkers or floaters?”

Franke has set up four different matzoh ball recipes, each tempting in its own way.  Club member participants will prepare the knaidlach, following the recipes (although Franke asks that if you have your own special recipe, bring it along), and then the group will judge the order of deliciousness.  Wow!

The chicken soup part of this Epicurean formula will have already been prepared by Franke so that club members will be able to completely focus on the art of knaidlach creation.  Oh yes, for the purists, Franke will have homemade schmaltz on hand (a good matzoh ball cries for schmaltz!…although revisionists will use oil or butter) and maybe even some gribenes.

Come prepared to eat. For, in addition to sampling the matzoh ball soup, Franke will also have a salad and challah to round out the evening’s dining experience.

PLEASE let Franke know you will be coming by e-mailing her at so she will be able to have the correct amount of ingredients and settings for the get-together.

Thanks to Franke for planning what promises to be a really fun evening.