Shalom Life | April 23, 2014

Challahluyah!

Stay-at-home mom goes out on her own.

By: Christal Gardiola

Published: February 26th, 2010 in Culture » Food » Interviews

Challahluyah!

Call her the Jewish Julia Child. Like the famed female chef, Laurie Biskowitz never planned a career in cooking. In her spare time, she has always enjoyed baking traditional Jewish food like challah. She tells The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, “I grew up having it every Friday night. It was just part of my food repertoire — something to look forward to.” But her love for cooking remained a hobby when she worked as a claims adjuster. After the birth of her twin daughters, she decided to become a stay-at-home mother.

It was then that Boskowitz’s hobby slowly evolved into something more. She attended a Shabbat dinner at a friend’s house and learned that it’s possible to make the dough with a bread machine. She asked to borrow the hostess’ bread machine, consulted with several cooking books and began experimenting with her challah recipe.

“I was hooked,” she admits to the Jewish Chronicle. Boskowitz began cooking challah for her family every week. But the thought of baking professionally didn’t cross her mind. Ten years later, however, she met Mark Shapiro from the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Centre during a Shabbat dinner at her house. Shapiro was so impressed with Boskowitz’s recipe that he immediately invited her to bake for the JCC.

Lo and behold: Challahluyah, Boskowitz's booming baking business. Boskowitz currently makes 100 loaves of bread every week for the JCC and also sells to the local community. She has also catered for a bar mitzvah and delivers weekly to Glendale’s Pick ‘n Save from North Shore Bakery in Chicago.

For the past four months, she has used kosher-certified bread. Available in plain, poppy, sesame and raisin, a pound of loaf costs no more than USD $5. “It’s a lot of work. Physically it’s a lot of work,” Boskowitz says to the Jewish Chronicle about her business. “It’s not what I imagined. But I do love doing it.”

For more information, visit www.challahluyah.net.

Drake to Join Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar at iHeart Radio Music Awards Drake to Join Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar at iHeart Radio Music Awards TrendingDrake Being Sued For Toronto Nightclub Beating Drake Being Sued For Toronto Nightclub Beating TrendingThe Nosh Pit - Chocolate Dessert Recipes The Nosh Pit - Chocolate Dessert Recipes Trending
 

Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Discovered

April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Discovered

The chisel, from the second Temple period, has been found by the Israel Antiquities Authority

Read More

Israel's Mobileye May Power Tesla's Driverless Car

April 23, 2014 | By Sophie Imas
Israel's Mobileye May Power Tesla's Driverless Car

Elon Musk's vision of driverless cars may come to fruition, reportedly in conjunction with Mobileye's collision avoidance technology

Read More

Mural, Mural on the Wall Brings Animations to Life for Your Children

April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Mural, Mural on the Wall Brings Animations to Life for Your Children

We speak to cartoonist/animator Shannie Van Buren about the fantasy worlds she creates through her art

Read More

Israeli Wi-Fi Powers Russian Subways

April 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Israeli Wi-Fi Powers Russian Subways

Passengers aboard subways in in Moscow enjoy Wi-Fi courtesy of Israeli communications provider, Radwin

Read More

Israeli Comedian on 4.20: Let My People Smoke! [VIDEO]

April 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Israeli Comedian on 4.20: Let My People Smoke! [VIDEO]

Gadi Wilcherski and a group of Israeli pot advocates campaigned outside Health Minister Yael German's house early Sunday morning

Read More

Shalom, French Polynesia: A Jewish Culture Guide

April 22, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
Shalom, French Polynesia: A Jewish Culture Guide

Approximately 130 islands comprise French Polynesia, with Tahiti being the most famous, largest, and most populated.

Read More

Katy Perry Impersonates Unfunny Rabbi in ‘Birthday’ Music Video [VIDEO]

April 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Katy Perry Impersonates Unfunny Rabbi in ‘Birthday’ Music Video [VIDEO]

The pop star takes on a number of the "World's Worst Birthday Party Entertainers"

Read More

Seth Rogen and James Franco to Perform ‘Bound 2’ Spoof at Kim Kardashian Wedding?

April 22, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen and James Franco to Perform ‘Bound 2’ Spoof at Kim Kardashian Wedding?

Franco shared some interesting intel about the Kardashian/West wedding on 'The View'.

Read More

More Headlines