My Grandmother Baked in Yiddish

My Grandmother Baked in Yiddish

Image of cheesecake on a wood table top


Why does Candleschtick feature so many posts and blogs about food? Food is a way to share our culture, our traditions, and our appreciation for our community and friends.

This week we have a special guest post written by Mia’s sister-in-law, Amanda Levinson. This article was originally published as "My Husband's Grandmother Cooked in Yiddish" (September 16, 2014) by

In this piece, we learn about Mia's grandmother and her cheesecake baking lesson. She was a true Balabusta, and her recipe for this heavy-duty dessert includes inexact measurements, Yiddish words, and humorous attempts at communication. Enjoy! 

My Husband’s Grandmother Cooked in Yiddish

A few years before my husband Adam’s grandma passed away, we started asking for some of her recipes so we could record them and continue to enjoy them on holidays. Grandma Jean was the quintessential old world Jewish grandmother. Tiny, with a thick Polish accent, her world centered around food and family. She cooked mostly old-world Ashkenazi dishes, and was very serious about them.

The first Rosh Hashanah Adam and I spent together was in Rio Grande City, in south Texas near the Mexico border. Since none of our friends had ever attended a Jewish holiday celebration, we decided to cook some traditional recipes for them. And since no Rosh Hashanah would be complete without apple cake, Adam called up his grandma to get her recipe. The conversation went like this: 

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