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This potato kugel recipe can be the highlight of your Passover table, or any other meal

Their story of emigration from Russia, sometime in the mid-20th century, is woven with equal parts pathos and tales of divine intervention. There was one anecdote of a 90-year-old great-grandmother, wrapped in a blanket or rug to be smuggled out of the country. The customs guard thought the rolled up fabric looked suspicious, and pierced it a few times with his saber while the family stood in mute horror convinced that blood would start seeping through at any minute.

By some strange miracle, the saber had just missed the woman and she lived to tell the tale in her new Brooklyn home.

Whereas my mom’s family became largely secular, my mother’s cousins, devout followers of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a Ukraine-born rabbi who became leader of one of modern Judaism’s most vibrant strains, the movement known as Chabad-Lubavitch, stuck to their faith and followed him to America. Along with their religious

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Caribbean-inspired seafood stew recipe brings warm island vibes to your table

That base, which colorfully features yellow bell pepper and tomatoes as well, comes together quickly and easily, but it’s nice that it can be made ahead so it is ready when you are. And when that time comes, just add large chunks of fish fillet and shrimp to the pot, and simmer for a few minutes until they are just cooked through.

In keeping with the island vibes, I suggest using warm water fish such as red snapper or mahi-mahi, but any firm white fish fillet will work. You could also substitute additional fish or scallops for the shrimp, if you prefer.

The half Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper called for gives the stew a medium-spicy heat that’s prominent but not overwhelming — feel free to use more or less to taste (a little goes a long way), or substitute a milder chile such as jalapeño.

Served over rice with

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A one-pan cabbage, sausage and white bean casserole recipe that can be on the table in an hour

Hot Italian sausage does the bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to flavor in this recipe. I used it more as a seasoning and for its fat than as a substantial contributor to the recipe’s bulk. (If you prefer to use a turkey-based sausage, note that you might need to use extra olive oil to compensate for the lack of fat.) And because a fairly small amount of sausage is called for, this dish is an easy entry point for anyone looking to cut down on meat consumption.

The cabbage and onion pick up tons of flavor from the sausage’s rendered fat. A couple of cans of white beans — or whatever beans you have on hand — add heft and earthiness, while a bit of cream provides richness. You’ll cover the pan with a mixture of Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs before baking for a cheesy, crunchy,

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‘Diplomacy happens at the table’

Chef Carla Hall, seen here in Austin in April 2019, dishes about soul food and Juneteenth. (Photo: Rick Kern/Getty Images)
Chef Carla Hall, seen here in Austin in April 2019, dishes about soul food and Juneteenth. (Photo: Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Juneteenth is a widely celebrated holiday that commemorates the last slaves being freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

As with most holidays, food is an integral part of the celebration. Red drinks and foods like strawberries and watermelon are traditional, as they represent strength and perseverance in bondage. Barbecued meats and soul food round out the offerings of this shared meal gathering.

With most of the country in phases of reopening, you may not be able to attend a large barbecue or dine out in celebration today. We’re bringing the restaurant experience to you with our 3D chef’s table. Chef, television host and cookbook author Carla Hall shares three of her favorite recipes in augmented reality.

Launch the experience

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