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Kugel Alex Ogorzaly

Setting the Table

For my dish that I chose for my religious dish I chose the dish Kugel. Kugel is either a pudding or a casserole, which is made from traditionally egg noodles or potatoes. Kugel’s ingredients include the following: 12 oz wide egg noodles, 6 large eggs, 1 lb sour cream (2 cups), 8 oz cottage cheese (1 cup), 8 oz cream cheese, softened, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, 1/4 tsp salt, and Cinnamon. The first dish of kugel documented was about 800 years ago, since then the recipe has evolved and eventually became more complicated. The birthplace of kugel was from Central Europe for Jewish customs, now kugel is most commonly found in the United States and Israel. Kugel is traditionally made by Jewish people during times of religious importance. For example you would see Kugel on the following holidays (probably): Shavuot, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat, Yom Kippur and sometimes even other holidays in the Jewish calendar. Kugel is apart of at least five of the main eleven Jewish holidays, which is more than I originally expected. Kugel is important strictly because of the amount of times it is consumed throughout the year multiple time and the fact that it is a traditional dish in the Jewish faith which is one of the better know religions in the world. When making Kugel I may run into a few problems, but I don’t think anything could majorly ruin the dish. The main problem that I keep thinking about is the fact that I will be left to my own devices (I also have no silverware or cooking materials) and the only oven I know that is available for me to use is the one in the ground level of Dimmit Hall which could potentially be busy and cause me to rush which may results in flaws in the final product. What attracted me to Kugel? I am from a Catholic high school in Omaha, NE (Creighton Prep) and I remember hearing about this dish specifically in my world religions class senior year, and the familiarity is one of the main things that drove me to chose this dish. Kugel is clearly a religious food because of it participation in nearly half of all Jewish festivals as a food of interest and also it is already considered a religious dish in the Jewish faith.

Nutrition Facts

In this paper I will be guiding you through the history of the religious dish noodle kugel by explaining the origins of the dish and how it has changed overtime to get to where it is currently, then I will link the elements and the background of noodle kugel to principles of individual well-being, social justice, environmental justice, and religious freedom. Lastly, I will describe what you need to make a traditional dish of noodle kugel and how the cooking process goes. Noodle kugel was first discovered in the twelfth century in the Webster's dictionary and the definition of kugel was “a suet pudding” (Marks). The term “suet pudding” is similar to British steamed puddings. Kugel used to be misconstrued as a casserole but it is more like bread dumplings in a stew pot. In the twelfth century the idea of dumplings spread through the silk road in China which lead to dumplings being added to some specific recipes of noodle kugel. In the proceeding century Germans started making bread dumplings and served with a warm stew alongside of it. Kugel soon became the generic name for mostly every type of pudding in eastern Europe during this time period. After long periods of time noodle kugel became a very highly rated dish in the Jewish faith and eventually became an official dish of Judaism.

As noodle kugel became a large part of Shabbat, which is a major Jewish Holiday, it started to vary as a name for many dishes instead of the breaded pudding with dumplings it was initially known for. Sugar became very popular in the seventeenth century and lead to the development of more sweet-tasting pudding which started the evolution of Kugel. Another major thing that led to the evolution of kugel is the adding of noodles to the recipes which made Kugel a lot more similar to a casserole in contrast to a pudding. Nowadays the two main types of kugel are potato kugel and noodle kugel. For my dish I will be making noodle kugel in the cookbook project later this semester.

Next, I will be will linking the elements and the background of Kugel to principles of individual well-being, social justice, environmental justice, and religious freedom. Kugel has to deal with well-being because, kugel is a food and we need food to nourish our bodies which help our personal well-being. Kugel is eaten by people of various social backgrounds and is and has religious implications and religion is a issue of social justice. A link between Kugel and environmental justice is the fact that most dishes that are considered kugel in modern day does not include meat so you could say it serves as an environmentally friendly dish because it doesn’t require an animal to die or be harmed for its production. Lastly, the implication of religious freedom pertaining to kugel, religious freedom has to deal with kugel because kugel is a traditionally Jewish dish, and it has been a Jewish dish since the twelfth century.

Finally, I will talk about the ingredients of kugel and the cooking instructions. The ingredients to noodle kugel are the following: Passover egg noodles butter, sugar, eggs, ground cinnamon, and raisins. The first step to cooking noodle kugel is to preheat the oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, boil noodles in salt water for four minutes. Then, Strain noodles from water in a large mixing bowl and combine noodles with remaining ingredients and pour into a greased, in an approximately nine by thirteen inch baking dish. Lastly, bake the kugel for thirty to forty minutes until the top of the noodles is a golden brown color. (Lieberman) That is the sign that the kugel is done and ready to be served traditionally.

In conclusion, I explained the history of the religious dish Kugel by telling how Kugel was and still is a traditionally Jewish and the different changes the dish has seen along the way. Then linked the elements and the background of Kugel to principles of individual well-being, social justice, environmental justice, and religious freedom, and explained what each element has to do with noodle kugel. Lastly, I described what ingredients you need in order to properly make traditional noodle kugel and how the cooking process works.

Works Cited

Lieberman, Dave. “Noodle Kugel.” Food Network, Food Network, 5 Sept. 2014, www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/noodle-kugel-recipe-1946564.

Marks, Gil. “The History of Kugel.” Joy of Kosher, Jamie Geller, 1 Sept. 2011, www.joyofkosher.com/blogs/the-history-of-kugel/.

Kitchen Time FINAL

The start of my kitchen time really began when I walked into Walmart to purchase my ingredients for Noodle Kugel. While walking down the aisles of food selecting ingredients was strange because I haven’t been grocery shopping in a long time, because I normally eat on campus at either the caf of Bucks bar and grill. Once I checked out I went to my friends house to start cooking this traditionally Jewish dish. Cooking at another house didn’t feel much different then cooking at my house, expect that my friend has a cat which kept trying to smell all the ingredients.

I set out my ingredients and stirred the mixture together while I also cook the noodles to get them at the correct texture. When I was finished boiling the noodles I set half of the noodles at the base of the pan.

Then I proceeded to pour the mixture of ingredients on top of the first layer if noodles. After that I poured the mixture on top I put another layer of cooked noodles on top.

At this point I preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit . The food is ready to be put into the oven. Kugel doesn’t have its own particular smell so there were no smells associated with making this dish.

Then the dish had to cook for 45 minutes before it was completed…FINALLY!! The dish is completed.

Indigestion Paper

In this paper below I will be discussing possible disagreements regarding the ethical viability of my dish. Which is the worst-case scenario for well-being, social justice, environmental justice, and religious freedom around my dish.. This dish is derived from the Jewish faith and is used during some Jewish holidays. Due to this dish being from a faith background I really had to stretch and claw to find these disagreements regarding its ethical viability.

For my dish that I chose for my religious dish I chose the dish Kugel. Kugel is either a pudding or a casserole, which is made from traditionally egg noodles or potatoes. The first dish of kugel documented was about 800 years ago, since then the recipe has evolved and eventually became more complicated. The birthplace of kugel was from Central Europe for Jewish customs, now kugel is most commonly found in the United States and Israel. Kugel is traditionally made by Jewish people during times of religious importance. For example you would see Kugel on the following holidays (probably): Shavuot, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat, Yom Kippur and sometimes even other holidays in the Jewish calendar. Kugel is a part of at least five of the main eleven Jewish holidays, which is more than I originally expected. Kugel is important strictly because of the number of times it is consumed throughout the year multiple time and the fact that it is a traditional dish in the Jewish faith which is one of the better know religions in the world.

First, I will be talking about well-being and how noodle kugel, I couldn’t really find out how noodle kugel is bad for your well-being, so I guess it could be bad for your well-being if you eat too much noodle kugel you could get fat which is bad for your physical healthy and well-being. Also noodle kugel is prepared in the oven and ovens can be very dangerous if not operated correctly you could end up seriously burned. Finally, noodle kugel is made with various dairy products which would be bad for the well-being of people who are lactose intolerant to eat because it would make them feel sick. Secondly, the aspect of social justice, noodle kugel brings people together in the Jewish faith because of its religious applications. People meet for festivals and religious holidays, Kugel is many Jewish family’s favorite foods during the holidays. No matter what Jewish household you step into, it's likely that within the first 10 minutes of being there, we're either talking about or eating noodle kugel during the Sabbath (which is once a week) or on Passover (which is once a year). Third, is the aspect of environmental justice. Noodle kugel uses eggs and products made from cows and using animal products has had a lot of scrutiny lately for the treatment of animals. Organizations like PETA don’t agree with the usage of animals in foods and strongly discourage the raising of chickens for there eggs and cows for there meat. Lastly, is the aspect of religious freedom. Since this dish is derived from the Jewish faith it has everything to do with religious freedom because of all the things Jewish people have gone through in the past to get to where they are now. Such as the Holocaust when the Jewish people were taken into labor camps by the Nazi Brigade to be killed or forced to work under cruel conditions.

In conclusion, Noodle Kugel was a hard dish to find possible disagreements regarding the ethical viability of my dish but I tried my hardest to flesh out what noodle kugel has to deal with well-being, social justice, environmental justice, and religious freedom. I agree with the claims of Noodle Kugel disagreements that I found in the paper.

Just Desserts (Reflection Paper)

I first chose Noodle Kugel because I heard of it before in my Senior year of high school class of World Religions. It taught me that traditionally Jewish foods taste and are mad with different ingredients from foods I ordinarily eat. This dish is religiously significant because it is a traditionally Jewish dish and is included in many Jewish Holidays. In conclusion of this whole project, I would like to say that I have learned lot in the background of the Jewish faith and the dish Noodle Kugel itself. Thank you Dr. Coody for the great semester!! <3

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