Despite this blog, I would not call myself a religious person (just your average bacon eating, schnoz wielding Jew), but I do relish in following traditions, both of a religious and secular capacity. From the super fun (albeit mildly dangerous for a stereotypically risk-averse Jew crew) hora at a wedding, to the hoarding of Manichewitz at a Bar Mitzvah (was this just me?), to the simple candle lighting each
high holiday you are forced to go week at Shul; I find comfort in these traditions.
And then there are those traditions that are not so comforting, such as the yearly 4th of July ritual we have started. Each year, dozens of brave souls make the trek up to Michigan for a long weekend of themes, cheap beer, bonding with the locals (they are in a redneck class all their own), and of course unique games. It is a magical time! And to some, a religious experience. I will be sure to fill you in on all of the Internet appropriate shenanigans after this year’s extravaganza!
However, my favorite traditions naturally involve food. Latkes on Hanukkah, Matzah Ball Soup on Passover, and Bubbe’s blintzes whenever her bubbelahs are in town. (And completely coincidentally, on Shavuot, which is this week. Plus one for WJWE!) Blintzes are often sweet, Jew crepes filled with jam, fruit, meat, potatoes, or in this case, cheese. Mmm cheese. This time, I made mine in casserole form. Mostly because I am lazy. But one day, if you are lucky, I will show you kids how to make individual blintzes. But now, onward with my Cheese Blintzes Casserole!
What are your favorite traditions?
This recipe is super easy. First up, mix together your batter ingredients.
Ta da! Then, combine your filling ingredients
Bake for 50 minutes or until golden. Top with sour cream.
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1.5 cups sour cream
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- For filling:
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 pint cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- For the batter, mix all your wet ingredients together until combined.
- Then, add dry ingredients and combine.
- In a separate bowl, mix together filling ingredients.
- Pour half of batter mixture into a greased 9×13 baking pan.
- Top with all of filling.
- Then add the rest of the batter.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden.
- Top with sour cream