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A Cook's Notebook: Christmas Lobster

From: Ali Berlow
Series: A Cook's Notebook
Length: 03:03

The last Xmas meal I cooked for my Jewish husband was lobster. That was in 1994. Read the full description.

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Review of A Cook's Notebook: Christmas Lobster

Ah, the holidays… Here's an enjoyable, non-sappy, shared experience of a not uncommon holiday dilemma in families of combined religiosity. Berlow reflects on a Christmas dinner past, and in a short span gently touches on a range of blended family holiday “stuff.” No recipe for food, but a satisfying sampling of life in one holiday kitchen that left me musing on the contortions necessary to get through the season in one piece.

Broadcast History

Christmas Lobster will be broadcast on WCAI & WNAN on Dec. 15, 04.

Transcript

To be truthful, I haven?t cooked a Christmas dinner since 1994. That?s the year I boiled lobsters for my Jewish husband. Sam, being Sam, took one look at those red, naked crustaceans un-garnished on a white platter, leaking, and started to laugh. Lobster is a forbidden food in Judaism ? it?s traif - unkosher. I knew that but I was in a cranky, ba-hum-bug mood. Besides he loves lobster. So he poured us both a glass of wine and said a toast to his ?lovely, goyim wife?. Then he melted butter, cut up a lemon and with a sly look, suggested that I ought to put something green around the lobsters like parsley or holly. ?You know? he said ?for that festive, Christmas spirit.? Sam got me to smile despite that fact I was in a snit and in the midst of an emotional turmoil. He also knew that those boiled bodies were really the sacrificial incarnation of my disappointment about how we were celebratin...
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