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The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son
by Joan Lipinsky Cochran
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The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son (A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery)
2nd in Series
Perricot Publishing (March 30, 2021)
Number of Pages – 318 pages
Boca Raton reporter Becks Ruchinsky is stunned when her son, Gabe, brings an ultra-Orthodox friend home from college and asks her to hide him. Six days later, his body is found floating in a canal. When police deem his death an accident, Becks launches her own inquiry—a journey that takes her from secretive Hasidic enclaves to the seedy underbelly of South Beach’s glitzy club scene—to find his killer. What she discovers jeopardizes her son’s life and challenges her religious conviction.
The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son is an intriguing and compulsively readable mystery that contrasts the beauty of Hasidic tradition with the unbending rules that may lead to desperation and murder.
Noodle Kugel Recipe
If you’re familiar with the Becks Ruchinsky Mysteries, you know that Becks is an investigative reporter turned food and cookbook writer. She loves to cook but has found the skills she acquired while investigating government corruption have stood her well when she finds herself in the middle of a murder.
Becks’ first cookbook featured Jewish recipes handed down by her Savannah-born mother and her close friends. Here’s one of her favorites, for noodle pudding. It also appeared in Homestyle Jewish Cooking, a collection of classic Jewish recipes available by signing up for my newsletter here. https://www.joanlipinskycochran.com/sign-up-for-my-mailing-list
Noodle Kugel (Pudding)
By Becks Ruchinsky
Noodle pudding recipes are like family jewels. You pass them down from generation to generation and pull them out for special occasions—whether you like them or not. Happily, my mother’s recipe is delicious. It combines noodles, eggs, sugar and countless diary products into a light, custardy pudding that just verges on being too rich and sweet.
I make it for Rosh Hashanah and serve leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s good hot or cold and as a side dish or dessert.
When I searched the internet for a more innovative noodle pudding recipe than my mother’s, I didn’t find anything worth trying. But, just below one recipe for the pudding, I found a link that read “the 4 leading signs of a heart attack.” I clicked the link, which brought me to a cardiologist’s website. Much to my relief, eating noodle pudding was not one of the warning signs.
So eat and enjoy.
½ pound wide egg noodles
1 pound cottage cheese
1 pint sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup milk
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup melted butter or margarine
5 large or 6 medium eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup corn flakes, lightly crushed
1 cup brown sugar
¼ pound butter or margarine, softened
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13-inch glass pan.
2. Cook and drain the noodles per package directions.
3. While the noodles are cooking, beat the eggs with the sugar until the mixture is creamy.
4. Mix the cream cheese with the milk until well combined.
5. Combine the egg and the cream cheese mixtures in a large bowl, stirring until smooth. Add the sour cream and cottage cheese, stir, then the noodles and stir well. Pour this into the prepared pan.
6. Combine the crushed cornflakes, brown sugar and butter in a small bowl, mushing together with your fingers, and sprinkle this evenly on the noodle mixture.
7. Bake 40 minutes. The top should be well-browned and firm. Let it sit for at least ten minutes before cutting. It’s much easier to slice after being refrigerated for a few hours.
Serves 10 – 12 as a side dish.
About Joan Lipinsky Cochran
Joan Lipinsky Cochran is a South Florida-based writer whose crime and mystery novels focus on subcultures of American Judaism. In her latest novel, The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son, her protagonist is compelled to explore the glitzy South Beach nightclub scene and the secretive world of Hasidic Judaism to find a killer. It is the second in The Becks Ruchinsky Mystery Series. The first, The Yiddish Gangster’s Daughter, is the story of a woman whose world is upended – and life threatened – when she discovers her father was a member of the Jewish mafia.
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