If you are over the age of 65, or are a student of pre-television American radio, you probably know who Molly Goldberg was. But since it is statistically likely that you are neither, allow us to explain.
Molly Goldberg was a fictional character who began her life as the stereotypical Jewish mother on a radio program called The Goldbergs. The show was broadcast from 1928 until 1946, then moved to television and was aired in various versions until 1956.
Even back then, merchandise tie-ins were the norm. And what better way to merchandise a meddlesome Jewish mother than with a cookbook?
Sy Ginsberg is the owner of “The Molly Goldberg Cookbook”, copyright 1955. It was inherited from his mother Faney, who began her working life as a deli waitress and cook.
As you can see, this book is very well used, because it contains recipes for what is basically the entire traditional Ashkenazi Jewish diet. At one time, most of these dishes were as common at any Jewish deli as corned beef and challa.
Sadly, those Jewish delis that remain today have removed many of their traditional Jewish dishes for a variety of reasons, such as lack of consumer demand, high food costs, and labor intensive preparation.
Because we hate to see these traditional Jewish foods fade into historical oddities, we have decided to post some recipes from The Molly Goldberg Cookbook from time to time, hoping to encourage people to see what they are missing. Here’s the first.
Kishke (Stuffed Derma or Casing)
- 1 beef casing (12-15 inches long)
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 3 Ts matzo meal
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 t paprika
- 1 onion, grated
- 1/2 cup + 4 Ts melted shortening
- 2 onions, sliced