During our time in quarantine, my partner Stephen and his sister, Carolyn, and I decided to start cultural culinary adventures on the weekends. We alternated weekends on who would decide the menu and cultural cuisine. On my weekend, I wanted to make something that reminded me of home. One option I thought of was the delicious Puerto Rican family recipes that I have yet to perfect myself. However, I made it a personal goal to make Puerto Rican food more often in general. So, I thought about other dishes remind me of home. New York City pizza and bagels immediately came to mind.
As of May, I’ve lived in Chicago for seven years. New York City is home and more specifically the Bronx is home. I grew up on East 220th Street and Carpenter Avenue in the Northeast Bronx. In the 60s, this neighborhood was predominately Jewish and Italian-American. As a kid in the 90s, I indulged in the delicious cuisine of the New York pizza joints and Jewish delis that were such foundations of the community. In the Bronx, children my age would hang out with their friends to eat cheap pizza.
For my first Taste from Home recipe, I decided to share a Jewish deli classic bagels and lox. At a young age, I learned that word lox is derived from the Yiddish word for salmon. I made my family a weekend brunch of freshly baked bagels and all the fixings, including capers, pickled red onions, tomatoes, and cream cheese. When I eat a bagel and lox, I am immediately brought back to my life in New York City.
Check out the full recipe I used after looking into various recipes: https://www.sophisticatedgourmet.com/2009/10/new-york-style-bagel-recipe/
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