F&W's #FOODWINEWOMEN series spotlights top women in food and drink in collaboration with Toklas Society. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (@foodandwine). Here, Jewish cookbook authority Joan Nathan dishes with Food & Wine about the one Jewish recipe every cook should master.
Kasha (buckwheat groats) was an everyday meal for Eastern European Jews. Nothing can compare to the taste sensation of the crunchy kasha paired with sweet caramelized onions, some sautéed mushrooms al dente bowtie noodles. For me it is comfort food extraordinaire. I like kasha varnishkes for many reasons besides the earthiness of the dish. It also reminds me of what cooks did before the advent of boxed noodles. They made square noodles, pinching the centers together to resemble bowties.